Organizers of the Ken Green Scholarship are looking to expand the scholarship to give assistance to a greater pool of individuals.The scholarship was formed in response to the death of science teacher Ken Green to aid students who demonstrate passion for a particular vocation.
The committee in charge of the scholarship, which includes chemistry teacher Carl Babb, hopes to raise enough money to give the scholarship out to at least three students this year, and even more during the years that follow. According to Babb, their ultimate goal is to make the scholarship a district wide aid for students who express a strong passion for a certain subject area.
“What we’re trying to do this year is have a couple of [fundraisers],” Babb said. “It might be a special speaker, it might be a special act.”
Members of the community are also welcome to make donations to the scholarship fund.
“The best way is if [donators] knew Mr. Green, if they had kids who were on his football team,” Babb said. “Any association they had with him makes it easier for them to feel like there is a connection.”
The scholarship, originally created by a committee of Green’s friends, coworkers and family, aims to commemorate a genre of students whom the committee believes Green would have wanted to support. These students should have a sense of the goals they wish to accomplish after high school.
“Because Mr. Green was somebody… who would not compromise a lot of things, we’re looking for somebody who really is clear on what they want to do,” Babb said.
Octavio Romero from the Class of ‘08 has been the sole recipient of the scholarship, which was created near the close of the 2007-2008 school year.
The scholarship money helps cover the costs of the individual’s education of choice. Last year’s chosen recipient was awarded $1,000; however, that number is subject to change depending on the committee’s success in raising money.
Ultimately, the scholarship aims to serve as a public way of commemorating Green.
“We wanted to do something that would dignify him here, not just a plaque,” Babb said.