BY TAYLOR DESMOND
The Whitney Elizabeth Grummon Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of the longtime teacher and mentor at Carmel and North Monterey County High School, was created through the Community Foundation of Monterey County in order to give back to the community after her passing seven months ago. The goal is to raise $40,000 in order for the fund to annually donate $1,000 to each high school every year to support college-bound graduating seniors.
According to Hal Abrams, a leader in the push for creating the scholarship, the fund has already acquired $27,000 toward their goal, but they are still looking for more people willing to donate to the cause.
“Everyone has been contributing,” Abrams says. “Her friends, fellow teachers, family, and a lot of students who are now alumni, as well as some current students have also given.”
In June 2018, CHS graduate Gianluca Douros, now an attendee of San Diego State University, received the grant of $1,000, given to him after organizing a student walk out to protest against gun violence and being an impactful student of Grummon’s throughout high school. From North Monterey County, Anais Celaya was awarded the scholarship to help her pursue her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Speech Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
Abrams asks the general public to donate online to the endowment scholarship at www.cfmco.org/give-now. Checks can also be mailed to 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940.