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Home-grown scholarship program now helps hundreds

Original post made on Jul 5, 2012

An informal scholarship program launched by a Palo Alto couple 27 years ago has grown to assist hundreds of students, with hundreds of thousands of dollars. A Palo Alto celebration was held last week for the 28 latest recipients of "Pursuit of Excellence" grants.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 5, 2012, 9:50 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by Carol Kenyon , a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hat off to Jerry and Dick for such a fantastic contribution toward the education of these special students.


Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith, a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Jerry is a Smith College graduate and exemplifies the best in quiet leadership. Amazing achievement.


Posted by Perspective, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jul 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

VERY cool. From small seeds big oaks grow. Thanks to the Bigwoods!


Posted by Tired of Palo Alto Negatude, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

THANK you for this uplifting story,we clearly need more articles like this. We all know this is a wonderful community and it is so refreshing to see examples of its citizens being praised for doing good. So....thank you Palo Alto online.


Posted by Lois Fowkes, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

This is well-deserved publicity for a program that has well-thought-out and commendable goals. Every year it reaches more deserving students, and continues to use all the donations for scholarships directly.

Congratulations to Dick and Jerry and all their family!


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This is a wonderful read. Thank you to the Smallwoods & all of their donors. Congratulations to all of the recipients. Now the tipping point will spill over into the lives of so many more as these young adults garner more education and move forward with their lives.


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