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Residents of Meadow Lakes, a Springpoint Senior Living Community, donated a record $73,000 to help employees lessen the burden of tuition costs and educational debt.
The Meadow Lakes Education Award Fund, funded entirely by residents, launched in 2002 in order to recognize outstanding staff service and to help both full- and part-time employees further their educational goals. As part of the selection process, awardees met with the Education Award Fund committee, completed an application form, provided an academic transcript of past work and submitted an essay describing their proposed future career and the influences leading to their choice.
“This fund invests in employees at Meadow Lakes who have achieved positive work and academic records,” said Dr. Byron Shafer, a resident and the chair of the Education Award Committee. “Through hard work and determination, these students have proven their abilities and set an example for others. The Meadow Lakes Education Award Fund recognizes and rewards their efforts, encouraging their career goals. This is our residents’ way of saying thanks and paying forward what we have received.”
At the 18th annual ceremony, 28 awardees received up to $3,000 each from the Meadow Lakes Education Award Fund in order to pursue higher education. The awardees are enrolled at 12 east coast colleges including, among others, Temple University, Rutgers University and Mercer County Community College. Degree programs of participating students include, among others, accounting and finance, American Sign Language, architecture, hotel and restaurant management, IT management, music technology, nursing, and social work.