Kishacoquillas alumni launch scholarship fund

More former students and staff encouraged to get involved

LEWISTOWN – Kishacoquillas Junior/Senior High School alumni are giving back.

The Class of 1982 has established a scholarship fund to financially support college-bound students from Mifflin County.

“When we were planning our 35th reunion, several of us thought it would be nice to make the event purposeful by raising money for a local charity,” explained class member Terry Yoder. “We eventually decided to create a scholarship in the name of our alma mater.”

The class is still raising money toward the Spirit of Kishacoquillas Scholarship. Yoder said more than $4,000 has been raised thus far. Short term, the class aims to raise $12,500, for an endowment that would allow it to award one $500 scholarship annually based on interest earned. The ultimate goal is to raise $25,000, which would boost the endowment to award $1,000 per year.

The fund and namesake is intended to perpetuate the legacy of Kish and what made it special, Yoder said.

Kish High School served students in seventh through 12th grades from 1958 through 1988. Students lived in Armagh, Brown, Union and Menno townships. The school is one of multiple local landmarks bearing the Kishacoquillas name, after a well-known Shawnee Indian chief who lived in Mifflin County around 1750. According to the fund’s website, Chief Kishacoquillas was held in high regard by early colonial officials because of his efforts in keeping peace during the beginning of the French and Indian War.

It is stated in the scholarship’s mission statement that funds will be used to reward youth who have aspirations to “improve our world one good deed at a time.”

During its 35th reunion held July 29 at Brookmere Winery, the Class of 1982 raised $1,720 toward the fund through a silent auction. About 60 classmates, of 135, attended the event where the scholarship was officially announced.

Yoder pointed out that the funds raised so far – more than $4,000 – are contributions from just one of 30 graduating classes. All other former Kish students, faculty, staff, administrators and supporters are invited to become involved with fundraising and giving.

More information about the scholarship can be found online at https://spiritofkish.wixsite.com/scholarship. There is also a “Donate” button, which will take visitors to the Centre Foundation website, which is the charitable organization under which the Spirit of Kishacoquillas Scholarship is being managed.

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