School Business Affairs February 2020

32 FEBRUARY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS Eagle Award: Making a Difference in Students’ Lives ASBO SPECIAL living costs over the course of my four-month intern- ship. . . . I am pleased to say that I was asked to stay on board with the foundation and that is where I am currently employed. I am ever so grateful for the Frazier family’s decision to select me as a finalist.” Jenna Boulden, another of Frazier’s Eagle Award scholar- ship recipients, is cur- rently a freshman at the University of Kentucky majoring in elementary education. Her fam- ily, including parents who are educators and musicians, has greatly influenced her life. Her mother is an elementary school principal in the district Frazier served. Jenna was a member of her high school’s state cham- pionship marching band; at the University of Kentucky, she is a member of the Wildcat Marching Band where her father is a band director. What did the scholarship mean to Jenna? A note she sent to Frazier, who is now retired, explains: “I was thrilled to receive the award. . . . I am so excited to be attending the University of Kentucky and majoring in elementary education. Children and learning are my passions and I cannot wait to show children the impact they can make by learning and receiving an education. The money you have so generously given will help me in my education to achieve my passions.” CLAIRE HERTZ, CSBA, SFO Claire Hertz awarded her 2015 Distinguished Eagle Award scholarship to a student she’d never met. “The student was in a kindergarten class with a teacher from a Title I school who takes all of her students to col- lege visits in their kindergarten year,” Hertz, who was CFO for Beaverton School District in Oregon at the time, explains. “The teacher came with her mother from El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980s and wanted to help her R ecipients of ASBO International’s Eagle Awards are recognized for their contributions not only to their communities and the school business profession, but also to the students they serve. Each Eagle Award recipient has an opportunity to award a scholarship to a student or students in their district. We asked several Eagle recipients about the students to whom they awarded a scholarship and what difference it made in the students’ lives. DEBORAH F. FRAZIER, CPA, CGMA, SFO 2017 International Eagle Award recipient Debbie Frazier and her husband matched the $5,000 Eagle scholarship, and in the past two years have awarded scholarships to 10 students, including Jackson Davenport (2018) and Jenna Boulden (2019). “Jackson was selected as a recipient because he stood out among his peers, but it was more than his 6’4” stat- ure that made him stand out,” Frazier, who was assistant superintendent/CFO for Madison County Schools in Richmond, Kentucky, at the time she received the award, explains. As a high school student, Jackson was always actively involved in school and community activities. He was also the “uber polite, friendly face” she saw at the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru. Jackson, now a sophomore studying public relations at Eastern Kentucky University, shares what the scholar- ship meant to him: “This generous scholarship went on to financially assist me far more than I expected. In my first semes- ter of college, I was granted an internship with the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foun- dations. This unpaid internship was just what I needed to get a head start on a career post-graduation. . . . Because the scholar- ship helped with my tuition expenses, personal funds were freed up to cover transportation and Jackson Davenport (right) Jenna Boulden