The Dr. William R. Donald Jr. Memorial Scholarship

For: Scholarship for the Arts
New Jersey
Organizer: VTHS Alumni
The Dr. William R. Donald Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Scholarship for the Arts)
$7,900
of $10,000 goal
79% Complete
Raised by 69 donors

The Story


Dr. William R Donald Jr. was a high school theater teacher, an arts administrator, a summer theater coordinator, a director, an advocate, a man of deep faith, a colleague, a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Regardless of how we knew him, he had an enormous impact on our lives, but especially students' lives. The lessons he taught resonate with every single one of us and hold an importance in our lives far beyond the stage.

Bill Donald knew how very beneficial the arts are to developing minds. His lucky students knew too, because his curriculum shaped them, strengthened them, disciplined them and enriched them. 

Suffice it to say, on March 18, the world lost a staunch and tenacious advocate for the arts. He was, in fact, most tenacious advocate for the arts I've ever met. Especially in these dark times, when the government threatens to cut NEA funding, this loss is even more heartening. 

So, in his honor, I propose to start a scholarship or middle/high school grant to continue arts education. His legacy lives on in all of us, and everyone we teach and influence, but we can reach further...we MUST reach further. 

Monetarily, I made a reasonable guesstimate of how much we'd need raise, but the sky's the limit my friends. Let's work together to make Bill Donald's dream soar. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 1, 2018

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Posted on February 1, 2018

Hi friends! Thanks to everyone who donated recently!
More great news regarding Mr. Donald's scholarship! We have an anonymous benefactor willing to match any donation up to 10,000 dollars. They were one of us, all those years ago and they wanted to help to further our cause. I have to respect their decision to stay anonymous...especially because, with their donation-matching, we only have to raise 1062.50. Thassit! I know we can do it!

Love to all of you!


Posted on January 16, 2018

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Posted on January 16, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I'm proud to convey some updates on the Dr. William R. Donald Memorial Jr. Scholarship. Because Mr.…Dr.…Bill Donald (it's so hard to break that habit!) was a Lutheran, our first thought was to invest the scholarship funds we raised with Thrivent. Unfortunately, Thrivent was not working with us in a way that would allow us to invest the money securely and use portions of the fund to offer a scholarship. So I switched to TIAA-CREF and they were happy to help honor the memory of a fellow educator. TIAA-CREF allowed me to invest the money securely, but aggressively enough to make it worth our while and to ensure steady growth.

This is a huge triumph, because it means the scholarship will continue to grow long beyond us and it will be largely self-sustaining--I hope that our kids and our kid's kids will be managing it in the future.
What this investment will allow us to do is to continue to use the interest as the scholarship itself. As the principle amount grows, so will the interest and, in turn, so will the amount of the scholarship.

Here's what we need from you. We are squarely at 7,350$. This is great, but if we can raise 2,650$-3,000$ to reach the 10,000$ mark or above, we can offer a substantially higher scholarship this year, and our growth will be that much faster.
The more we increase the principle amount, we could be looking at eventually offering a full year tuition scholarship, with little or no fundraising in the future.

If you're like me, you're still in disbelief over our tragic loss. Sometimes, it still feels like a bad dream that we'll wake from any minute. It's sad, but necessary that we're all moving on, though our hearts are still broken.

And, although he can't physically be here to guide us, to joke with us, to shout "Hey doll!" across the room when he sees us or even to yell at us (let's face it, we deserved it), we can keep his spirit and his dream alive. We can be the mentors he was to us and we can nurture new mentors in the process. This way, he's never truly gone from us. We can only do this with your support. Please help in any way you can!


Posted on May 22, 2017

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Posted on May 22, 2017

Hi friends,

I know we're all still grieving and also trying to keep up with life. We're all doing our best to honor Mr. Donald's legacy and heal our broken hearts. If I could ask everyone to continue sharing his scholarship fund...this is one way we can keep his legacy and mission alive. We only have 2,650 left to meat our original goal of 10,000 dollars. This is wonderful, in and of itself, but I think we can make it to the very end. Why? We're Thespians, we can accomplish anything.
Thanks and love to all of you!

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