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Former Sherman High School students launch ambitious scholarship drive

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SHERMAN -- From those who fought their hearts out on the field to those who gave all fighting for freedom, more than 100 years worth of memories are on display at the Sherman Ex-Students Association Museum.

Every yearbook photo, tens of thousands of newspaper clippings are of a former Sherman student. Every uniform and letter jacket has been worn by a Bearcat somewhere along the line.

"I can't tell you how much people enjoy coming here," former SESA president Missy Sofey-Andrews said.

Yearbooks date back to 1913 and are as recent at 2013, but now the Association is creating a new chapter of its own by offering more Sherman High School students scholarships when they graduate.

Jimmy Jack Beale is a SESA board member and says the idea came to him in a dream.

"It sounds silly but I just dreamed one night of every student that graduated from Sherman High having a scholarship to go to college," Beale said.

The association is now mailing out letters to alumni explaining the new mission for Sherman High to become the first school in Texas, or the nation to send all qualified students to college or trade school.

"To see a response like we've had so far is just heart-warming," Beale said.

The scholarships are for $1,000. The Association is asking alumni to donate whatever they can.

Since the letters went out in the Bearcat Bulletin in February, Beale says they've already collected enough money to give away 18 scholarships this year. They're focus is students who aren't necessarily at the head of the class.

"Those who would normally get a scholarship anyway, we're not looking to help them. We want to help the students that when he gets out of school, he has to go to work, help support his family and so we want to help those kids go to college," Beale said.

Donations can be made by mailing a check payable to Sherman Ex-Students Association, PO Box 1351, Sherman, TX 75091-1351.

The museum is located at 2701 Loy Lake Road, Sherman.