Alumni Association Programs
The projects listed below were created through the efforts of the ETHS Alumni Association.
Distinguished Alumni Award
This alumni recognition program, started in 2003, was conceived by the Association Board at the impetus of former Board President Robert Morgan, ’54. These awards go to graduates who have achieved notable honors throughout their life. Students, faculty, and alumni participate in the selection process. In early December, the awardees come to the school and talk to the senior class and other students during the day about how the school influenced them. A dinner follows that evening at which the award winners are introduced to school and community representatives. Learn about previous awardees and submit a candidate for the Distinguished Alumni Award.
ETHS Authors’ Bookshelf
The Class of ’54 set aside funds from a reunion to start this project. Special bookcases located in the ETHS East Library hold over 600 books and manuals written and donated by ETHS graduates, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Three-ring binders on top of the bookcases hold the writers’ photos and biographies, so students can discover more about the alumni who are featured in this special collection.
Early in its career, the Alumni Association began providing scholarships to worthy graduates selected by the school. Currently, the Association awards five $1,000 scholarships to graduates. The Association also has assisted in raising tens of thousands of dollars to augment the Cunningham Award (given to the outstanding senior male) and help put it back on a sounder financial basis. In addition, the Association has helped raise funds for several memorial scholarships.
In 2000, the Association asked all alums to help establish a tax-exempt endowment fund to contribute to the special needs of the ETHS faculty and high school programs that are not funded by tax revenue, particularly scholarships. To date, almost $160,000 has been raised. The Association Board allocates some of the endowment money for a Mini-Grant Program, which funds up to $1,000 for teachers and staff educational projects that benefit student learning.