Back in 1987, David and Leland Snyder created the Earl Snyder Family Achievement Award in honor of their father. Earl was born in Indianola in 1902 and helped found Jamaica High School in 1955. The scholarship was earmarked for Jamaica High graduates.
Even after the closing of Jamaica High and the regional consolidation that transferred Sidell and Fairmount residents to Salt Fork High, the Snyder brothers have continued to build the endowment through the years. Recently, Salt Fork Superintendent Phil Cox suggested that the Danville Area Community College Foundation would be a suitable home for the scholarship.
Leland loved the idea and called DACC Foundation Executive Director Tonya Hill, who says, “The brothers are turning their father’s scholarship over to us because we can handle endowments and they embrace the idea of students attending DACC after high school.”
As a result, the $113,000 Earl Snyder Family Achievement Award scholarship will support Salt Fork grads who pursue a college degree at DACC. This is consistent with the Snyder Family philosophy that “through a good education, the individual can be a responsible citizen, helping in local as well as national issues.”
Leland is pleased that the legacy that he and his brother built in honor of their father Earl will live on in perpetuity. He says, “This is the best outcome—that our father’s scholarship has found a permanent home with DACC.”