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SHS Alumni Association continues to fulfill mission

The Salem High School Alumni Association has a proud history and an outstanding reputation. The organization continues to successfully fulfill its mission which is to award scholarships to qualified students, to manage assets including memorabilia for future generations, and to honor the organization’s past by nurturing friendships and enriching memories.

The alumni association’s first meeting was held in June of 1882 when 33 alumni met with their former teachers. The following year a banquet was added to the annual meeting. In 1903 a scholarship fund was started with a $1,000 bond. The first scholarship of $60 was awarded in 1908. Because of generous contributions made by alumni and friends, and due to the management of a dedicated board of trustees, the endowment has successfully grown to eleven million dollars. These philanthropic donations have enabled the SHSAA board to increase the number and size of the scholarships. The association has proudly given 2,997 scholarships and awards for a total of nearly $8 million, rewarding students who pursue further education with seriousness and purpose.

SHSAA grants a variety of high school and postsecondary scholarships, both academic and vocational. The scholarships range in specification from academic excellence to athletics, extracurricular activities, leadership, special attributes, and specific fields of study or school. Recently, a new scholarship was added to the large number of scholarships already offered. Available for the first time in 2021 is the Fred and Dana Gaunt Pharmacy Scholarship for students pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Current Salem High School seniors and postsecondary students are encouraged to access the alumni association’s website at www.salemohioalumni.org to explore all 2021 SHSAA scholarship opportunities and to apply online.

The association strives to keep alive memories of high school days and friendships by publishing the association newsletters, maintaining a website, interacting through social media, making yearbooks and Quaker newspapers available online, and aiding each class coordinator with reunions. Alumni are given information to organize their class get-togethers and reunion activities and can call the office for any needed information.

Archived records and memorabilia displays from different decades are housed in the association’s beautiful, newly remodeled building in downtown Salem at 330 East State Street. The association office is currently closed because of Covid-19 but hopes to reopen in April and maintain its regular hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. On certain second Saturdays of the month, the office will be open in support of the Downtown Salem Partnership and its promotional events.

SHSAA is very appreciative of the outstanding support it receives from its alumni and friends. The association is humbled by its benefactors who make it one of the premier institutions of its kind. For more information about the alumni association or regarding the establishment of a scholarship to benefit Salem graduates, please contact SHSAA Executive Director Audrey Null at the office at 330-332-1427 or at audrey@salemohioalumni.org.

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