Farmington Rotary recently gave a $20,000 gift to create an endowed scholarship designated for Orchard Ridge Project BOLD or ACCESS students.
The Farmington Rotary/Lydia Silvani-Foley Endowed Memorial Scholarship honors Lydia Silvani-Foley, a member of the Farmington community who designated a portion of her estate to support charities that help children with special needs and disabilities.
“This gift would have been very meaningful to Lydia,” said Farmington Rotary President Lynn Morgan. “Her heirs were aware of Farmington Rotary’s close relationship with Farmington Eagle School’s Department of Physically or Otherwise Handicapped Individuals (POHI). The program helped care for children with debilitating or degenerative diseases. We are honored that Farmington Rotary could make this scholarship a reality.”
For 25 years, Farmington Rotary helped fulfill POHI program needs and services. POHI closed but members of Farmington Rotary felt this scholarship would continue to help students with special needs in their educational endeavors.
Rotary member and Foundation Board member Jan Dolan said she hopes the gift will encourage other service organizations to give to OCC.
“What better way to use that money than to start a scholarship?,” Dolan added. “OCC is a very good school and very affordable for young people in Oakland County.”
Many area companies and community service organizations, including Automation Alley, the Oakland Community College Faculty Association, St. John Providence Health System and the American Association of University Women support OCC students through scholarships, said Foundation Alumni Director of Annual and Alumni Giving Cynthia Tanner. Local fire departments have also supported scholarships for OCC’s Fire Academy cadets for years.
If you are involved with a service organization that supports educational initiatives, tell them about the work of the Oakland Community College Foundation. Scholarships can make a huge difference in a student’s life. Share our story with your organization. For more information, contact the OCC Foundation at (248) 341-2137 or email@example.com.