Through the generous donations from UUCA members and others, a total of $5535 was donated for the Mel Hetland Scholarship in January and February. Mel Hetland was a member of UUCA and a local educator. When he died, UUCA members set up a scholarship in his name through the Asheville City Schools Foundation. We are the only funders of this scholarship.
The Community Plate team learned that Emily, who received our scholarship in 2020 and is continuing with her studies, had contacted the foundation for assistance in finding support for her sophomore year. Because we received such a large sum this year, the Community Plate Committee decided to award two scholarships of $2500 each this year, one to Emily and one to a person named by the Asheville City Schools Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we are so pleased to be helping two students in 2021.