For 33 years, the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Scholarship Fund has been helping PWHS students further their education after high school. Since the Fund awarded its first two scholarships totaling $800 in 1986, it has helped more than 720 PWHS graduating seniors with scholarships totaling nearly $1 million. Bernie Biasi has been at the center of it all.
A long-time Colonial resident and parent of a PWHS graduate, Biasi began the scholarship fund and has been the chair of the fund's board since the beginning.
"I was the PTO president when my daughter was a senior, and one of the English teachers said there was no scholarship fund at the high school," Biasi explained. "So I started the ball rolling to apply for non-profit status. There was a lot of paperwork involved, and it took a while, but we got it done and established the scholarship fund."
Biasi doesn't remember where that first $800 came from, but she has been the driving force behind all of the money raised by the fund.
"I consider it my volunteerism," she said. "I'm proud to be able to help the students. I think it's a wonderful thing for the community, and I don't want to see it stop."
Persons interested in getting involved with the PWHS Scholarship Fund can contact Bernie Biasi through the high school. Tax deductible contributions may be sent to the PWHS Scholarship Fund, 201 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 19462. Checks should be made payable to "PWHS Scholarship Fund."
At the PWHS commencement ceremony on June 12, the PWHS Scholarship Fund will recognize 23 seniors with scholarships totaling $42,000.