Golfers teed up for scholarships Monday at the Stamford Dollars for Scholars second annual golf fundraiser. The tournament took place at E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course to raise funds for college scholarships.
“We pride ourselves on focusing on the community, so we look for local businesses and local individuals to help support local students, and a golf event is a great way to get those groups together,” says Jim McClafferty, co-president of Stamford Dollars for Scholars.
McClafferty says last year’s event raised $30,000, an amount he expects to surpass this year.
“This is our primary fundraiser for the year,” he says. “Over the last two years we have awarded 32 scholarships worth over 160,000 dollars, so that’s in 2012 and 2013 so we’re hoping to continue and give away even more in 2014.”
McClafferty says he started the Stamford non-profit with co-president Tony D’Amelio in 2011 after realizing how unaffordable college was becoming.
“The cost of college education has increased 300%,” McClafferty says. “You hear a lot of different statistics about how much the cost of an education has increased. You also hear a lot about how much debt students are taking on and families are taking on in order to pay for college,” he says. “I received a scholarship when I went to college, Tony received a scholarship when he went to college, and if we hadn’t, things might have been a little bit different, so that’s why we’re really behind this event and behind this organization.””
For more information on Dollars for Scholars or to donate, visit http://stamford.dollarsforscholars.org