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4/9/2014 8:58:00 AM
BMHS seniors with disabilities eligible for Lepordo scholarship
Tina Stark, left, and Donna Lepordo pose with a photo of the late Ed Lepordo.
Trib photo/Cheryl Hartz
Tina Stark, left, and Donna Lepordo pose with a photo of the late Ed Lepordo.
Trib photo/Cheryl Hartz
Prescott Valley Tribune

Donna Lepordo, wife of the late Ed Lepordo, co-owner of McWhite's North American Van Lines, Sundogs co-investor and community leader, has set up the Edward Lepordo Scholarship Fund at Chase Bank, with the help of Branch Manager Tina Stark.

Special needs seniors at Bradshaw Mountain High School who are headed for college are eligible to apply.

"Ed realized that college-bound Bradshaw seniors with disabilities were overlooked at Awards Night when scholarships were handed out to other seniors," Donna Lepordo said. "This scholarship will provide these students with money to purchase special aids or equipment they might need to help them in college."

She said the couple had helped individuals in the past through the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, including a deaf student who needed special equipment, and another student confined to a wheelchair.

"It was really rewarding for us to help these kids get what they needed to go to college at Yavapai and have a better experience," Lepordo said.

At Ed's memorial service in September, she had commented: "Who knows? There may be another Stephen or Stephanie Hawking among them, eager for higher education and a more fulfilling life."

Donations can be made directly to Chase Bank, 5697 E. State Rte. 69 in Prescott Valley. The funds will go from Chase in check form to the qualified students at Bradshaw Mountain High School Awards Night in May, 2014.

"I want to keep Ed's legacy of giving back to the community alive," Lepordo said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Unknown Unknown

Should've had these scholarships available a long time ago.. and you should make them available to students who are home schooled too. But otherwise, who ever came up with the idea was really thinking.

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Wondering Why

Great Idea? I have a student with a disability who is planning on attending college next year. However, she isn't eligible because she doesn't go to Bradshaw High School. I wish this were open to all area high school students especially kids in charters. My student couldn't handle a school with 2000 kids because of her disability but that makes her ineligible for many scholarships. Frustrating as a parent.

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