Lakes Regional Scholarship Foundation marks 60th anniversary of helping students

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The City Council this week recognized the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, which during the past 60 years has awarded more than $5.2 million to to assist over 4,600 students from the Lakes Region pursue higher education.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the foundation Mayor Ed Engler presented Mike Nolan, president of the foundation, and Paulette Loughlin, its assistant director, with a proclamation recounting the achievements and honoring the generosity of the foundation and its donors.

In 1956, the foundation arose from a meeting "to consider the desirability of establishing an incorporated foundation, which would improve the administration of academic scholarships granted by various organizations of the area, and which might also work to increase the number and amount of these scholarships."

That year, eight donors awarded $2,650 to 16 students. The original eight donors were the Laconia Evening Citizen, Laconia Woman's Club, Lakeport Woman's Club, Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Laconia Lodge of Elks, Laconia Emblem Club, Laconia Rotary Club and Charles P. Raymond. Four of these donors — the Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Lakeport Woman's Club , Laconia, Laconia Emblem Club and the Rotary clubs of Laconia, Gilford and the Lakes Region — have continuously contributed to the foundation ever since.

Altogether the foundation has prospered from the generosity of some 525 donors, of which memorial funds, established by families to honor and remember their loved ones represent more than 70 percent.

 Photo to accompany story on Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. Left: Paulette Loughlin, Past President and Assistant Direct Director, Lakes Region Scholarship Founation; Center: Our Hero; Right Mike Nolan, President

Noting the anniversary are, from left, Paulette Loughlin, past president and sssistant directo of the Lakes Region Scholarship Founation; Mayor Ed Engler; and Mike Nolan, president of the foundation. (Courtesy Photo)

The icing on the lake

 

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Ice is finally beginning to form around Lake Winnipesaukee after a stretch of relatively warm weather. (Courtesy photo/Emerson Aviation)

Hosmer honored by seniors

State Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) speaks with residents of Genesis Healthcare’s Laconia Rehabilitation Center after he was presented with 2015 New Hampshire Healthcare Association Friend of Seniors Award for his action as a member of the State Senate Finance Committee last year in which he helped prevent the diversion of millions of dollars intended to reimburse nursing homes for the care they provided to their residents who rely on Medicaid. He was presented with the award by Jeanne Sanders, a member of the board of directors of the NHHA who is  director of the Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

State Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) speaks with residents of Genesis Healthcare's Laconia Rehabilitation Center after he was presented with 2015 New Hampshire Healthcare Association Friend of Seniors Award for his action as a member of the State Senate Finance Committee last year in which he helped prevent the diversion of millions of dollars intended to reimburse nursing homes for the care they provided to their residents who rely on Medicaid. He was presented with the award by Jeanne Sanders, a member of the board of directors of the NHHA who is director of the Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)