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By Staff | Mar 16, 2018

Julie Sjol and Paola Trottier of the Rugby Dollars for Scholars attended the tenth annual North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Conference held in Fargo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Chapter representatives learned about scholarship setup and enhancements, fundraising best practices, event planning and donor retention. For attending the conference, the Chapter received a $1,000 donation from Bank of North Dakota (BND).

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars has 68 community chapters in the state. Bank of North Dakota provides two State Directors and operational support for local chapters. Since the first chapter was established in Grand Forks in 1962, Dollars for Scholars chapters in North Dakota have raised $35 million and helped nearly 28,000 students.

This year, the local chapter plans to distribute $12,000 to local high school students and recent graduates attending college. Other local scholarships are also able to use the Dollars for Scholars online application system as a means to distribute their awards. The deadline for applying to scholarships for this year is April 1, 2018! Events such as the Frisbee toss at home football games, conducting 50/50 raffles at home basketball games, and the Annual Dollars for Scholars Gala increase the funds available for the students.

The most recent Gala was held on November 3rd, 2017 at the Rugby Eagles Club. The event had a Halloween theme and costume prizes were awarded. First place was awarded to the School Trophy Case Group, second place was Kelsey Halvorson as the Serial Killer, and third place was Paul Schaan as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Tickets to the event included a meal and a chance to win a cash prize. Those in attendance could purchase tickets for various prizes that were largely donated by many local businesses and individuals. The grand prize of $1,000 was won by Gerald Jaeger. Several prizes were also bid on in a live auction event such as an original framed UND logo print, 4 UND hockey tickets, a Woodland Resort Package, and a one of a kind Korn Hole yard game. The evening concluded with music and entertainment by a DJ.

Individuals and families may donate directly to the local chapter. You may do so by contacting any board member. Members of the Rugby Dollars for Scholars board are Chad Hager, Kyle DeMontigny, Paul Schaan, Julie Sjol, Danielle McCabe, Brad Fritel, Michael McNeff, Paola Trottier, Andrew Arnston, Alyson Schepp, Cory Geiszler, Christie Jaeger, and Laurie Volk.

For more information on North Dakota Dollars for Scholars, visit northdakota.dollarsforscholars.org or call 888.592.8540. For more information on Rugby Dollars for Scholars visit rugby.dollarsforscholars.org or contact Julie or Paola at the Rugby High School at 776-5201.

Thank you to everyone that has contributed to the success of the Rugby Dollars for Scholars Program!

– Rugby Dollars for Scholars

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