Since 1994, the AAARC and the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro have presented an annual program to honor the lifetime achievements of a local individual or to highlight an aspect of the community’s history. The council’s president is Arlene Cole, and the vice president is Robert “Lee” Smith.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, council members have been limited in their ability to meet together and plan for the 2021 program, according to Smith. For their February 2021 program, the AAARC hopes to raise enough funds to present five scholarships to minority students who graduated from high school in 2020 and are enrolled in college.
To donate to this scholarship program, mail checks payable to the AAARC to 125 Greystone Dr., Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. The Council is also planning to establish a GoFundMe page for online donations.
Information for students interested in applying for a scholarship will be released in the coming months, Smith said. Although this program is inspired by the difficulties members of the community — including high school seniors — have faced due to the pandemic, the Council may continue offering scholarships in future years if there is enough interest.
“This is something different,” Smith said. “We’ve had programs for about 25 years, and there are always people to recognize for the work they do.
“With COVID-19 and a lack of meetings, we thought this would be a good way to go.”
Anyone interested in learning more about donating to this program, or for more information on the Council, can contact Smith at (937) 509-9007.