CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A $10,000 gift from AT&T will help the East Bank Alumni Association move closer to its goal of making 25 $10,000 scholarships available annually to Riverside High School graduates.
AT&T's donation came in the form of a corporate sponsorship for the alumni association's annual golf tournament, the primary source of funding for the organization's scholarship fund. Last October, the alumni association received another $10,000 contribution from Dominion.
The East Bank Alumni Association began its college scholarship program in 1959, when a single award of $25 was handed out. Last year, 21 Riverside High grads each received $3,000 scholarships from the alumni group.
The scholarship program was initially limited to East Bank High School graduates. But after East Bank and DuPont high schools were consolidated into Riverside High in 1999, the program became available to all Riverside graduates, not just those from the East Bank area.
"With the school closed, this is our way of keeping East Bank High's Pioneer spirit alive," said retired state Adjutant General Allen Tackett, an East Bank alumnus who chairs the alumni group's annual golf tournament. "We want to make college affordable for all Riverside graduates who qualify for it," he said. "We want to help turn their lives around for the better."
The golf tournament fundraiser is held annually on the last Friday in September, in conjunction with an annual all-classes reunion in the Charleston Civic Center.