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)
$7,350
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 62 donors
73% Complete

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 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!

Posted on March 31, 2017

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Posted on March 31, 2017

Hello friends,
This past Saturday we said goodbye to a mentor, a teacher, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a husband and a friend. We laughed and cried (sometimes simultaneously) at the experiences we shared. Thanks to all for the support and love; we've almost reached our goal. Bill Donald's story isn't over yet; the wonderful, talented students that receive this scholarship will continue his story. This is all thanks to your generosity, so please, keep sharing! Love to you all!

P.S. This randomly chosen photo is more appropriate than I have words for. We cannot let Mr. Donald's dream go "poof". 


Posted on March 23, 2017

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Posted on March 23, 2017

Hello friends,

We've exceeded our halfway mark! (And we didn't break YouCaring, but the influx of shares slows the system...impressive!)

We'll be seeing some of you on Friday and Saturday, maybe for the first time in years. Calling it a bittersweet reunion would be an understatement. But, we can be take comfort that, as we share our memories, this scholarship will create and nurture new memories. 

Please continue to share. You're enabling Mr. Donald's legacy to live on, and in that, he'll never truly be gone. Love to all of you!

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