The Milaca Scholarship Foundation

In 1987, Dr. Paul Keith helped begin the Milaca Scholarship Foundation. After receiving gifts of money at this retirement party, Dr. Keith asked his friend, Judge Leonard Paulson, for advice on what he should do with the money and the two came up with the idea of starting a scholarship foundation. Initially, the foundation was created through the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America (now known as Scholarship America), and that year the Milaca Scholarship Foundation gave out nine scholarships totaling $3,450. The foundation has grown and now awards over 60 scholarships each year. In 2012, we exceeded $1 million in total amount awarded.

Funds for the Milaca Scholarship Foundation come from all types of businesses, individuals, and organizations. One of the first major donations came from local businessman, Virgil Adkins, who upon his death, gave 15% of the income from a trust. Since that donation, over 40 endowed scholarships have been created which provide awards on an annual basis. Additional scholarships are created with proceeds from various fundraisers, such as the annual Ultra Golf Tournament. The scholarship foundation, which is run completely by volunteers, is able to distribute over 96% of fundraised money toward student scholarships. Thora Allen, who served as the Awards Chair for many years said, "If it hadn't been for the generosity of the people who live here, we couldn't do what we do. I can't say enough how much I appreciate what people have done and how important it is to help the young people in our area get a better education and have a better life."

The legacy of the Milaca Scholarship Foundation continues to grow today. We are always looking for others who want to be a part of that legacy. Board meetings are held quarterly. Please use the Chapter Contact button to inquire about the next meeting date, time, and location.