DRACUT -- For the 31st straight year, the community has stepped up to the plate.

At last week's Dracut Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Telethon, the fundraiser pulled in a record $132,019, about $1,000 more than last year's telethon, according to Donna Yackel, president of the Dracut Scholarship Foundation.

As a result, there will be more than 50 scholarships handed out to Dracut High School seniors this spring, she said.

"It was a very strong showing of support yet again. We're extremely fortunate to have the community of Dracut behind us, and every year we seem to top the last one," said Yackel, who estimated close to 200 donors contributed to the telethon. "They never fail to come through for us.

"We also want to express our heartfelt thanks to the board of directors, who contributed to run this great organization," she added. "We couldn't have done this without everyone's support."

The 50-plus scholarships for the graduating seniors range from $2,000 to $3,500. The winning senior recipients will be announced at Dracut's Pride Night at the end of May.

The Dracut Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit that was incorporated in 1959. Today it's managed by a board of directors with 29 volunteer members.

Since it's inception, the foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to about 1,400 recipients. The first two scholarships were awarded in 1957 and totaled $350.


Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter and Tout @rsobeyLSun.