The objective for the Thillen Education Foundation (TEF) on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29), was to replenish $120,000 in financial assistance awarded to the first graduated class of students in the career coaching program at Greene County High School (GCHS). By replenishing the funds, TEF will be positioned to award as much or more to the 80-plus students expected to graduate in the class of 2023.
The Thillen Education Foundation in partnership with Greene College & Career Academy provides an innovative coaching and financial assistance initiative that services all 450 GCHS students. All students are partnered with a career coach to assist the student in their area of career interest and jointly develop a formal career plan.
This past May, 84 students who earned more than $50,000 in “Dave Dollars” during their four years of high school were awarded over $70,000 in “Next Step Funds” during their senior year.
Before Giving Tuesday, four generous sponsors had pledged $60,000 so that all donations on Giving Tuesday would be matched, dollar for dollar, up to that total. It took from early morning to evening hours but when the final tally came it showed 61 donors had contributed or pledged a total of $60,300 in matching funds.
TEF expressed gratitude on behalf of approximately 450 students attending Greene College & Career Academy located at GCHS, the 130 career coaches who commit to work with three or four students each for four years, and many other active supporters. It also offered a big thank you to the community for supporting the cause.