Erwin also is delighted with the remarkable growth of the foundation since its inception just a little over a year ago.
"To think that we held our first board meeting in April 2003 and were able just a few months later to award our first scholarship, the John Arnold Memorial for $1,000, is incredible," he said.
"This is a great reflection of the importance that this community places in education. It's one thing to say education is important; it's another to underwrite that importance," he said.
Erwin acknowledged there are numerous post-secondary scholarship programs that "provide invaluable assistance to local high school graduates wanting to go to college and other post-secondary schools," including the Lottie Ellis scholarship fund, which is similar to Dollars for Scholars. But he said Dollars for Scholars is unique.
"Dollars for Scholars is totally a grassroots program founded and funded by local people, managed and overseen by local people, and set up for local students," he said.
The foundation plans to reach the point where it will be able to offer a smorgasbord of its own scholarships and also serve as a clearinghouse for other local scholarship programs. He said scholarships can be custom-made with donors establishing, endowing and designing awards for specific kinds of students or they can be general in nature and funded by undesignated donations.
Winners of 2004 Danville/Boyle County Dollars for Scholars $500 scholarships, including the high schools from which they graduated and the colleges they will be attending: Dominique Atencio, Danville, St. Catharine's College; Lauren Best, Boyle County, Georgetown College; Curtis Cox, Boyle County, Eastern Kentucky University; Zachary Coyle, Boyle County, University of Kentucky; Alexandra Dawson, Boyle County, UK; Whitney Dunn, Danville, University of Louisville; Nicholas Farmwald, Boyle County, Ohio Northern University; Tiffany Gentry, Danville, Lexington Community College; Joelle Lawson, Danville, UK; Rianne Marcum, Boyle County, Murray State University; Shatoniah Miller, Danville, Benedict College (S.C.); Anne Montgomery, Danville, UK; Elizabeth Morrison, Danville, Oberlin College (Ohio); Jeremy Potts, Danville, Bryan College (Tenn.); Mallory Spears, Boyle County, Morehead State University; Katie Stallard, Danville, Georgetown College; Amber Wood, Danville, Centre College.
Winner of 2004 John C. Arnold Memorial Scholarship for $1,000: Adam Hoover, Danville, George Washington University.
Winner of 2003 John C. Arnold Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, renewed for 2004: Mitch Massaro, Danville, Belmont University (Tenn.).