Former Hamilton Southeastern High School student-athlete Carrie Colglazier was killed by a drunk driver in 2003. The school, in conjunction with Colglazier’s parents, set up a scholarship fund to honor her.
The 17th annual Carrie Colglazier Scholarship Workday is Sept. 28. Members of the girl’s track team, soccer team, National Honor Society and FFA will be available to work for an eght-hour day for a minimum $25 donation. All proceeds benefit the Carrie Colglazier Scholarship Fund.
“Carrie was involved in National Honor Society, FFA, girls track and girls soccer,” HSE High School Athletic Director Jim Self said. “Each year, we invite students who participate in those areas to go out and work one Saturday for the public. This year, we decided to do it in the fall instead of the spring.”
Students will perform tasks including, but not limited to, babysitting, mulching, washing cars, cleaning gutters, planting flowers, painting and washing windows.
“We’ll have between 100 to 150 kids go out and work,” Self said. “We’ve been blessed year in and year out to have people participate. The scholarship is now up to $16,000 a year, and that is raised through this workday.”
Students are sent to jobs in groups. Self said many people donate more than the $25 minimum.
“What we have found is when people hire our student workers, they tend to write a check for a lot more because the kids were great and they represent HSE so well,” Self said. “Nobody ever seems to give the minimum, and that has been a blessing.”
In the spring, the scholarship is awarded to a member of FFA, girls soccer, girls track or National Honor Society. The recipient must participate in the community service workday.
“It’s an amazing thing,” Self said. “We never thought it would sustain this long, but it’s just become part of our culture here.”
For more, visit carriecolglazier.org.