Jezzarae Dovenmuehler accepts a book award

Hillsboro High School senior Jezzarae Dovenmuehler, left, shakes hands with Hillsboro Public Schools Superintendent Paula Suda during the 65th annual Beal, Breen and Rosted Memorial Senior Scholastic Book Awards Wednesday morning inside the Hillsboro Events Center.

The winding road to success and a college degree was partially paved for members of Hillsboro High School’s senior class this week.

The Hillsboro Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded a record $123,100 in scholarships Wednesday to 35 seniors prior to their high school graduation ceremony May 28.

Jim Murphy, president of the local Dollars for Scholars board, said this year’s seniors took home scholarships from the donor-driven organization equal to seven times the $509 pledge needed to join the nonprofit foundation.

“The cost to join … has not changed since (the) inception” of Hillsboro’s Dollars for Scholars chapter in 1987, Murphy said.

“But the value to these students and all the future students continues to compound year over year. We value our education and our young people here.”

The record scholarship payment announced Wednesday surpassed the $116,500 doled out to 28 seniors by the chapter in May 2021.

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