FRIENDS OF THE YODER BROTHERS FOUNDATION
Thank you for your continued generous support of the Yoder Brothers, Joshua & Tyler, Memorial Scholarship Foundation. As we near the close
of our Nineteenth Year, I would like to report the year’s activities and a compelling account of the Foundation’s overall status. As a
nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization and college scholarships’ provider, the Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship Foundation serves the community
by providing financial assistance to the young men and women of Berkshire, Cardinal and Newbury High Schools, pursuing their dreams of
furthering their education. With your generous support and participation, we are truly a community coming together to encourage and really
help the young men and women through a scholarship program. Look at what we have accomplished together.
Continuing the Foundation’s mission this year, eight new students from Cardinal, Berkshire and Newbury High Schools received encouragement and critical scholarship funding toward their college education. Twenty-seven past recipients are continuing their studies, bringing the total number of scholarship recipients currently attending school to thirty-five. With the payment of this year’s scholarship grants, the Yoder Brothers Foundation will have awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to 130 young men and women of the community. Most importantly, with the nine 2015 graduates, ninety-five scholarship recipients have now received their degrees through the Foundation’s scholarship program. Enclosed you will find the list of the above mentioned scholarship recipients and graduates for 2015.
The financial state of the Yoder Brothers Foundation’s Investment Account has been affected by the considerable amount of turbulence in the stock market; the current value as of the account as of 9/30/15 totals $893,572 from a high $937,000 earlier in the year. While these time periods create anxiety and raise more questions than answers, the Foundation will stay the course and remain committed to our long term strategic plan for our investments.
Since the first recipient graduates in 2001, diversity has been the norm with their chosen careers: Juvenile Justice, Computer Science, Cinematography, Civil Engineering, Marine Biology, Finance, Filmmaking, Bio-archaeology, Construction Management Information Systems, Business Intelligence Analyst, Economics, Competitive Sports Production & Marketing, International Relations, and Pharmacology; other careers included Medicine, Physical Therapy, Education, Law, Architecture , Nursing, Graphic Design. The Trade Technical graduates choose Culinary Arts, Underwater Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Animated Cartooning, Cosmetology, EMT, Fire Fighter, Criminal Justice, and Food Service.
I am pleased to announce that our 19th Annual Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament held at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course, was a successful event. One hundred fifty-two golfers participated in the outing which included fifteen local sports celebrities. Two hundred fifty guests attended dinner comprised of the golfers, dinner guests, scholarship recipients and volunteers. Ray Farmer, General Manager of the Cleveland Browns was the dinner guest speaker. He spoke poignantly to the recipients, followed by a most provocative discourse with the adult audience about the Cleveland Browns. Thank you to everyone who participated, all of the sponsors, donors, and volunteers. The weather was perfect, the food was scrumptious, and the entertainment was unique. In summary, the 19th Annual Memorial Invitational fundraiser was a resounding success; we were able to credit the scholarship fund with more than $40,000 after expenses.
The Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship Foundation maintains an aggressive agenda to support the scholarship program. We recognize that we are not alone in this endeavor and owe much of our success to the generous supporters. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, all of the scholarship recipients and graduates of the scholarship program, and the community, we are grateful and forever indebted to you for your kindness and generosity.
Jack J. Menosky, President Emeritus
The Yoder Brothers, Joshua & Tyler,
Memorial Scholarship Foundation
18th Annual Memorial Invitational Golf Benefit
The Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship Foundation
The 2014 Memorial Invitational raised more than $45,000 for the Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship program. The fund-raising event was well
attended with 165 golfers, 70 dinner guests including 20 Scholarship Recipients and Graduates, and 42 Volunteers. Thirteen Sports Celebrities
participated in the golf event.
For a full summary about this event please click: HERE
There are few opportunities in life where we can reach out and touch tomorrow!
As we begin our eighteenth year of the Yoder Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s being, we reflect on the enormity of what we have accomplished and the
great promise of the future. Over the past seventeen years, the educational and financial initiatives of the Yoder Brothers Foundation’s scholarship
program are most noteworthy: More than $1,000,000 have been raised for the scholarship fund and more than $1,000,000 in scholarships have been
awarded to students at Berkshire, Cardinal and Newbury High Schools. Current assets total $1,000,000 in an Investment Trust and a checking account.
I will be the first to recognize the great team effort that has brought us to this day of reflection. On behalf of the Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship Foundation, and Joshua and Tyler, who are with us in spirit today, we owe a special gratitude to the wonderful and kind army of volunteers who freely give of their time and talent, the extraordinary generosity of the many friends, sponsors and donors, the continuing support of the Corporate Members of the Foundation, the community, the many sports celebrities who have greatly assisted in the fund-raising efforts, and the diligent members of the Board of Trustees. Thank you all for what you have done for the Foundation’s scholarship program.
Education is incredibly expensive. The need for money for college these days is so desperate, the next thing we will start to see are street signs saying “student needs money/will work for tuition” next to the universities. The state of the economy is in such shambles, that the chances of students getting jobs are greatly diminished. If all of us are to remain on the frontiers of promoting education to the young men and women of our communities, we must continue to support them financially.
Continuing the Foundation’s mission this year, eight students from Cardinal, Berkshire and Newbury received encouragement and critical funding toward their education through the Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Twenty-nine past recipients are continuing their studies, bringing the total number of Yoder Brothers scholarship recipients attending school to 37.
I want to thank these scholarship recipients for reminding me – day after day – that in them is our future. In the midst of the turmoil of the everyday world that many times can overwhelm us all, it is easy to go astray and lose focus on other issues. But we must always come back to those young men and women pursuing their dreams; and they in turn, will come back to us. They are our future. It truly is all about the young men and women pursuing their future.
In order for the Yoder Brothers Foundation’s scholarship program to flourish and continue to offer new generations of students the opportunity for pursuing their dreams of furthering their education, we need the continuing support and generosity of its many loyal friends, volunteers and Corporations, who donate their time, talent and financial resources to the Foundation and its mission. May all of us be blessed in ways that enable us to fulfil our mission of empowering young people to be competent, lifelong learners ready to lead courageously in seeking a more just and humane world.
Jack J. Menosky, President
The Yoder Brothers, Joshua & Tyler,
Memorial Scholarship Foundation 1996
Thank you for making our mission – to celebrate the lives of two young men, and their legacy to help the young men and women pursue their dreams of a higher education – a reality.
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