Saturday, July 14, 2007

Pay It Forward

Last Wednesday I had the privilege of attending the annual dinner of the Jim and Betty Dye foundation. This foundation is set up to award college scholarships to students who live in many of the communities of Northwest Indiana.

The James W. and Betty Dye Foundation was established to provide tuition scholarships for qualified high school graduates at selected high schools in Northwest Indiana. Jim and Betty Dye Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors to recognize academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and future potential. The awards are for students selected to attend Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University West Lafayette or Purdue University Calumet. In addition, degree specific scholarships for Nursing, Teaching and Entrepreneurship are available for Ball State University Muncie.

Of special interest to the James W. and Betty Dye Foundation is the economic development and general welfare of Northwest Indiana. The Foundation believes a better educated population will enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. Some of the ideals of the Foundation will be realized if those who benefited from the Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship program live and work in Northwest Indiana following graduation from college. While not a specific criteria for receiving a scholarship, the Foundation would like to know the interest each candidate has in this regard.

What fascinated me was the students who had received a scholarship 5-8 years ago, now were out of college and wanted to pay back the gift that they had received. Not pay it back in the sense of paying back to the scholarship fund their gifts, no, paying it back by making a contribution to the communities that they were now working and living in.

I am excited that I have been invited to participate on the foundation. I am looking forward to watching these young people grow and become generous people, because of the gift that they have received.

If you would like more information about the Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship, go to:, or drop me a note, I would love to tell you more about it.

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