Thanks in part to 10 brave men who put the fate of their faces in the hands of others Saturday, Tabor College has established a new endowed scholarship in memory of former student Jenessa Hlad.
While Hlad’s parents signed an agreement in January with Tabor to establish the scholarship, Tabor’s student senate worked to add to the fund through a “Beards for Jenessa” raffle ticket contest.
The contest, where people bought raffle tickets in hopes of being picked to shave off one of 10 beards, happened after the Tabor basketball games Saturday.
“We wanted to help raise funds for her scholarship because Jenessa was such a vibrant part of Tabor,” Student Senate president Jeremy Davidson said. “This is an opportunity for us to support the Hlad family as well as contribute to the long legacy Jenessa will have at Tabor.”
Through a combination of donations and student effort, the scholarship surpassed the $10,000 threshold necessary for endowment. The first scholarship for a student in Tabor’s athletic training program will be awarded for the fall 2016 semester.
Davidson said he was happy with how the fundraiser turned out.
“A lot of people stayed for the beard fundraiser,” Davidson said. “It was cool to see so many people come together for that cause.”