West Side News

Education foundation invites Penn to dinner


Former Ohio State University basketball standout James "Scoonie" Penn will be the guest speaker at the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation's annual dinner.

The event will be held April 25 in the Grand Ballroom at Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive, Grove City.

A social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

"The dinner serves as our largest fundraiser, so it's a big event for us," said Roby Schottke, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees. "We get such great support from the South-Western community. Typically between 300 and 400 people attend the dinner."

The event also features a silent auction.

"We're still assembling the list of items, but one of the biggest will be an eight-day, seven-night stay in a condo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico," Schottke said. "That sounds nice after this winter we've had."

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1988 to raise funds for student scholarships.

"We also provide teacher grants to support innovative teaching projects," Schottke said. "Since the foundation was formed, we've given out more than $830,000 in scholarships and $230,000 in teacher grants."'

Students who have at least a 3.00 grade-point average and are in the top 25 percent of their class may apply for scholarships, he said.

Scholarships range from $500 to $2,500 and are presented at each high school's senior awards ceremony in May, Schottke said.

Teachers submit their grant applications at the beginning of each school year and the foundation board awards grants in October, he said.

"The people who created the foundation were very visionary for the teachers and students of our district," he said. "It's a great way to support our students for their achievements and our teachers for their innovative ideas and projects."

Tickets to the dinner cost $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. The deadline to register is April 11.

They can be purchased via a link on the foundation website, swcsef.org.