Warren Easton Hall Of Fame To Honor Alumni, Award $150K In Scholarships
NEW ORLEANS – Warren Easton Charter High School will hold its 2017 Hall of Fame Induction and Scholarship Award Ceremony Friday, May 19, at Warren Easton Charter High School’s Arthur Hardy Auditorium, 3019 Canal St., at 7:00 p.m.
The event is free and open to Easton alumni and friends.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include former New Orleans District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr. (1943), New Orleans icon Al Scramuzza (1944), posthumous inductee WWI Ace Alvin Calendar (1910), Karr Senior High School Principal Harold Clay (1992), and Rear Admiral Fred Schuber (1964).
Each year, notable Easton alumni are inducted into the Hall of Fame based upon contribution to the community, excellence of character, significant professional accomplishments and a demonstrated love for Warren Easton Charter High School.
Actress Sandra Bullock was inducted in 2009 as an honorary member. Bullock said, “If you are ever wondering about how good life is and can be, you can come to Warren Easton. These kids have been working a couple of jobs, some come from hard places, but every time they walk under that roof, they know they’re cared for. They’re admired for what they can bring to the table.”
Also at the event, $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Warren Easton seniors.
The Warren Easton Charter High School Hall of Fame Committee has raised $150,000 for its annual scholarship campaign to be awarded to 40 seniors. This is the largest amount ever raised, as well as the largest number of students to receive scholarships in the 21-year history of the scholarship program, school reps said. Students were selected based on academics, financial need, community service, an interview and a writing sample.
This year, Gulf Coast Bank and Zito Companies are serving as presenting sponsors of the Hall of Fame event. In addition, donations to the scholarship fund were made by Rotary Club of New Orleans, community partners, Easton alumni, staff and friends, and by actress Bullock.
Over the years, the HOF has awarded more than $650,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and presented faculty members with more than $21,500 in teaching excellence awards.