McHenry East High School senior Tiffany Kirk recently was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from a group of people who walked the halls years early.
The Mojo Foundation is made up Class of 1965 alumni and awards two $1,000 scholarships a year to McHenry School District 156 students.
The scholarship is chosen based on need and merit, and this year required an essay written about a teacher who the student admires in the district, said Kirk’s mother, Michele Karmel.
“They really deserve some recognition,” Karmel said. “It’s a great community.”
Kirk, of McHenry, plans to go to University of Wisconsin – Superior.
Alumni in foundation meet monthly for breakfast to catch up.
At each meeting, members donate money to the scholarship pot, member Mike McEvoy said.
“After graduation, time went on and we decided to get together to see how life was going for everyone,” he said. “We’ve done it for a number of years. ... We are self-funded – we don’t solicit funds. It’s all internally funded by past graduates.”
McEvoy added that the Class of 1965 has spread out to all areas of the nation, but some members still come back for the meeting.
He said the group wanted to give back to the district, particularly to students who are committed, passionate or in need.
“We had great respect for what we learned and the direction the district put us in,”
McEvoy said. “Going through adolescence is always a challenge, but we survived, and most went on to have very successful careers.”