A generous donation to the Sulphur Bluff Scholarship Fund by the Hageman Reserve family was present to the Sulphur Bluff Scholarship Foundation Wednesday January 20. Sixteen years ago, Sulphur Bluff ISD had formed a scholarship fund to assist graduating seniors start in college-level studies. Over the years, an annual banquet and other fundraising efforts have helped dozens of seniors achieve a college education.
The Hageman family, originally from Indiana, noted with appreciation how the school assisted their students prepare for the future and decided to help. To supplement the $15,000 raised in 2015, the Hageman family donated $40,000 so that the needed $55,000 would ready for 2016 graduates. To be considered for a scholarship, senior class and alumni students can apply to the Scholarship Board for help with tuition
Sandy Hageman said they are blessed to be a blessing through the donation. Along with donation-matches by their 100 employees, they wish to demonstrate to others how giving back can benefit an entire community such as Sulphur Bluff. Present at the causal meet-and-greet were Indiana natives Steve and Sandy Hageman, their son Shane, daughters Stephanie with husband Sloan, and Sarah with husband Shad, and grandchildren.
Scholarship students at Sulphur Bluff are now earning as many as 24 college credits through distance-learning feeds from PJC and classroom courses. Superintendent Carr stated that Peoples Telephone is planning to run a fiber-optic line to Sulphur Bluff for the enrichment of the school curriculum.