The Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant, which is entering its 81st year, is now taking donations to its Scholarship Fund.
Pageant director Tracy Urbanski of the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, and members of the Pageant Executive Committee welcomed 14 young women, who attended the recent orientation social held at Dowagiac Area History Museum. Contestants of the upcoming Feb. 6 pageant are shown above.
Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce and DDA Program director, who is chairing the fundraising drive, encouraged businesses and private individuals to contribute to the fund. Since it was established, nearly $82,000 in educational scholarships have been awarded to young women within our community.
Phillipson said the names of contributors to the Scholarship Fund will be published in the printed program, which is distributed to audience members the night of the pageant. Donations should be received by Dec. 20.