Temple High School Class of 1970 becomes the first class ever to endow a scholarship with the Temple Education Foundation
The Temple Wildcats Class of 1970 has given an endowed scholarship to the Temple Education Foundation to celebrate their 50th Class reunion. An unprecedented amount is being given to the Temple Education Foundation and it is the first-ever whole-class endowed scholarship established for TEF.
Ms. Ann Dunn, Class of 1970, generously gave the initial gift in memory of a classmate, Dr. Bob Pappas. Her generous gift set the stage for other classmates to join in with her to establish an endowed scholarship with the Temple Education Foundation. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Class of 1970’s 50th reunion has been postponed until sometime in 2021. Patrick Mullins, the Class of 1970 Class President, feels certain that significant additional funds will be raised despite not having the opportunity to gather as a class.
“Temple Wildcat Classmates of 1970 are extraordinarily generous, and we look forward to reporting to the Temple Education Foundation the total we will be adding to Ann’s generous initial donation”, says Patrick Mullins. He added, “This endowed scholarship will continue to grow as gifts are added over the years.”
Endowed scholarships allow donors to leave a legacy through providing a permanent asset that benefits students with a lasting gift. “Because of the generosity of this gift, Temple High School graduating seniors will be able to pursue their dream of continuing their education beyond high school. TEF is deeply grateful for the Class of 1970 and their commitment to the success of young people from Temple schools,” stated Kristy Brischke, TEF Executive Director.
“It is our hope that both past and future classes of Temple High school will be inspired to follow our lead and impact generations of Wildcats to come. Giving back brings us joy and we are very happy to support a school system we love,” stated Patrick Mullins.
“Support in any amount goes directly to Temple ISD students and teachers through TEF’s Innovative Teaching grant program and graduating senior scholarships. If you give $50 a month or $5, any gift is a benefit to our local schools,” Kristy Brischke added.
The Class of 1970 scholarship, with the first year dedicated in memory of Dr. Bob Pappas, will be presented to the Temple Education Foundation on Tuesday, August 11 at 3:30 pm at the TISD Administration Building. In 2020, TEF awarded $116,000 in scholarships to THS graduating seniors, and gave away nearly $53,000 in innovative teaching grants to TISD faculty.