The Alumni Association is able to provide several scholarships to deserving graduates each June.
There are two $1000.00 Scholarships in the memory of Charles H. Williams, Lincoln’s first principal. Mr. Williams was a man to whom the school meant so much. Many of us remember him greeting students each morning at the 120 hallway ramp. Many of the fine traditions carried on today at the school were established under Mr. Williams’ leadership.
A $1000 Railsplitters III Scholarship is given in memory of Daniel Menichella, who served as our Alumni president over a span including four decades. Through Dan’s leadership, the Executive Committee grew and new people were encouraged to participate and serve. Dan took much pride in Lincoln, making its presence known through his involvement in community activities and outreach, and had a deep caring for all Lincoln students and teachers.
A $1000.00 Railsplitters III Scholarship is given in memory of Hal Masters. Hal served as First Vice-President of our Alumni for many years and was active in many community groups, keeping the name of the Association viable in the Mayfair-Holmesburg area. As Hal was extremely interested in music, singing in Gospel Choirs, this scholarship is presented to a student who has demonstrated interest and proficiency in music. Recipients are selected by the Executive Committee with input from the school’s music department.
A $1000.00 Railsplitters III Scholarship is given in memory of Kim MacNamara. Kim had a talent and keen interest in journalism and technology and served the Association for many years officially as our Alumni Newsletter Editor and Database Manager, but all who knew Kim know she did so much more for our organization. No task was too large or too small. Kim demonstrated a real concern for the members of the Association in many ways.
The above scholarships are awarded to children of Lincoln alumni who demonstrate school spirit, interest in the school, and who represent the characteristics of the person for whom the scholarship is named. Recipients are selected following an interview by members of the Alumni Executive Committee.
An additional scholarship in the amount of $250.00 is given to a student who has shown outstanding proficiency in Environmental Technology. The recipient is chosen by the department.
Our scholarships are funded through the efforts of the Association through class dues, reunions, support of various activities throughout the year, including sales at our table at the annual Harvest Fair, contributions to the Railsplitters III Scholarship Fund, purchases of Alumni memorabilia, memorials and other contributions we receive throughout the year. Since our Alumni Association is an IRS 501c3 organization, we may accept donations from many sources. Many of you, who wish to donate, may work for a company which provides matching funds, or you may wish to consider us through estate planning or donating in someone’s memory.
The Railsplitter Three Scholarship Fund is earnestly striving to increase our contributions and contributors. This is an on-going drive that began in 1979 to raise scholarship moneys. Beth Ann Johnson, Class of 1975, currently directs this fund. You can become a member of this rapidly expanding group by sending contributions in $100, $500, and $1000 denominations preferably.
Each contributor will receive a Bronze Pin at the $100 level; Silver Pin at the $500 level; and a Gold Pin at the $1000 level. In addition, your name and any information you wish to forward will gladly be printed in the Alumni Newsletter, which is published semi-annually. Three $1000 scholarships are awarded annually at graduation to deserving seniors who are the children of Abraham Lincoln High Alumni. These are in addition to the scholarships that are awarded from the Alumni General Fund.
Should you be interested in the growth of the scholarship fund, please send your donation to:
Lincoln High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 11102
Philadelphia, PA 19136