School Business Affairs February 2020 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | FEBRUARY 2020 33 students realize their dreams like her mother had done for her. She stays connected with them and helps them apply for college, etc., when they are in high school. The teacher is amazing, and I wanted to support her former students.” Raised by his mom, this student continued to share an apartment with her while he attended community college. “He had completed the first year of college and was going to have to go back to work to save up for the next set of courses,” Hertz, now deputy superintendent of business and operations for Oregon’s Portland Public Schools, says. “Because of the scholarship, he was able to stay in school.” CHRISTINE L. LEE, CPA, CA, FCSBO, SFO Christine Lee, director of finance for Lethbridge School District 51 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, was very excited about receiving $2,500 to provide a scholarship as part of her 2016 Distinguished Eagle Award. “The great thing about U.S. money is it translates into more when converted into Canadian dollars,” she says. That meant that with $3,000 available for distribution, Lee could award three $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school students. Applicants for the scholarship were required to pro- vide a letter of recommendation from a school admin- istrator along with a short response to the questions: What do you see as the driving forces that support student learning and becoming productive citizens in an ever-changing technological society? What resources, financial or otherwise, are required to support students? The recipients of the award responded that structures were needed to provide the opportunity for students to critically analyze and find solutions through collabora- tive communication, provide more variety and choice in exploratory course offerings, and apply different learning styles to accommodate the requirements of indi- vidual students. One of the three recipients was Joshua Freund, rec- ommended by the school administration as a positive member of the school community who maintained high academic standing while training with an elite swim club. Josh, now in his sophomore year at Harvard, plans to study mechanical engineering. He has expressed special interest in computer science but has also enrolled in some unique courses such as writing classes based on the Underworld, the chemistry behind food, and the eth- ics of technology. He has been active in extracurricular activities, participating in a variety of clubs including the Canadian Club, Students for the Exploration and Devel- opment of Space, and Harvard College Aeronautics. Josh says that Harvard is home to the most amazing people on the planet and everyone has a story to tell. He has met world-class chefs, student entrepreneurs, national debate champions, and Olympic athletes. Har- vard students from across the globe bring cultures and languages that enrich and diversify the student body and he has valued his deep, rewarding conversations with people who bring different perspectives. He explains that Harvard is about so much more than just education and he cannot wait to see what else is in store for his next three years. ARE YOU A DIFFERENCE MAKER? School business officials who go above and beyond the day-to-day to serve students have stories that deserve to be recognized through the highest honor in the profession. Apply or nominate someone for an Eagle Award. . Deadline is June 1. The Eagle Awards are spon- sored by AXA. Joshua Freund, left, with Harvard classmates. 2015 Eagle Award Recipient Claire Hertz with husband Joe.