Pete Smith Educational Scholarship Fund
In order to provide scholarships for underserved children to attend summer camp and underfunded schools to afford class trips to Beaver Brook’s “outdoor classroom”, a generous donor has offered a challenge to match his $50,000 grant offer. Wisconsin businessman David Woods has promised $50,000 if Beaver Brook Association can match it. Woods who grew up in Pepperell, Massachusetts with his friend, the long-time Beaver Brook naturalist Pete Smith. Inspired by their own experience 65 years ago when the two were able to attend camp thanks to need-based scholarships they have decided to pay it forward.
Beaver Brook Association is seeking donations to match the $50,000 grant to establish the Pete Smith Scholarship Fund. A donation of $250 will provide a week-long summer camp experience to a child or a two hour educational class trip for 25 students. Woods’ pledge will double the number of children who benefit if the organization can meet the challenge. To date Beaver Brook Association has raised almost $37,000 toward the goal and hopes to raise the rest by the end of November when the challenge is due. Tax deductible checks supporting this endowment fund should be made out to: Beaver Brook Association with “Pete Smith Scholarship fund” on the memo line and mailed to Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, NH 03049. Online donations can be made here and entering “Pete Smith Scholarship fund” on the individual’s name line in the In Honor of section.