Radio stations raise more than $52,000 for MTI scholarshipsThe phone lines were busy at KMIT and KOOL 98 radio stations Monday as employees helped raise more than $52,000 for a scholarship fund.
By: Anna Jauhola, The Daily Republic
The phone lines were busy at KMIT and KOOL 98 radio stations Monday as employees helped raise more than $52,000 for a scholarship fund.
The Mitchell Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 2001 with the goal to help any graduating Mitchell High School and Mitchell Christian School student continuing their education at a post-secondary institution.
Since then, the scholarship has helped more than 1,300 students by awarding more than $450,000.
KMIT general manager Tim Smith said in eight hours, the radio stations helped raise $52,200.
“To do that in one day is pretty awesome,” said Julie Brookbank, director of marketing and public information at MTI.
The Radiothon ran from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, but the scholarship’s main fundraiser will last all week.
Brookbank said the goal of Monday’s one-day Radiothon was to sustain the amountlevel of scholarships. In 2011, the scholarship board of directors was able to award between 150 and 175 scholarships at $450 to $500 each.
“With the money we raised today I can safely say we’ll be able to stay at that level,” Brookbank said Monday.
Brookbank said donations are welcome anytime, but for this particular fundraiser donations can be addressed to 800 W. 10th Ave., Mitchell, S.D. 57301, dropped at KMIT/KOOL 98 studios at 501 S. Ohlman St. in Mitchell, or on the scholarship’s website at www.mitchellcommunityscholarship.com.
Students can apply for the scholarships on the website or through guidance counselors.
Major sponsors of Monday’s Radiothon:
• Avera Queen of Peace
• First National Bank South Dakota
• The Mitchell Exchange Club
• Patzer Woodworking
• Pepsi-Cola of Mitchell
• Puetz Corporation
• Thomsen Enterprises
• Trail King
• Vern Eide of Mitchell