101: THE PHS COLLEGE FUND
For over 50 years, The 101: Fund has been providing need-based college scholarships to Princeton High School (PHS) graduates. Founded by a school secretary in 1970, the fund was originally known as the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation; in 2008, the current logo and name were adopted. Powered by volunteers, the 101: Fund has provided in excess of $1 million in aid to PHS seniors over the last five decades.
The greater Princeton community values higher education, but for many students–especially the 10% of the PHS student body that qualifies for the free- or reduced-price lunch program–college can be prohibitively expensive. 101: Fund scholarship recipients attend two- and four-year institutions such as Mercer County Community College (MCCC), Rutgers University, Boston University, Colgate University, Cornell University—just to name a few of the schools that recent graduates have chosen.
During the 2020-21 school year the 101: Fund spent $122,762 supporting 67 students entering their first, second, third or fourth years of college, including 12 students attending MCCC. Many recipients are the first in their families to pursue a college degree.
The 101: Fund’s executive board raises money year-round through an annual appeal, grant-writing, community fundraisers, and collaborations with PHS students such as the 101: Student Auxiliary Talent Show.
I am letting you know that I am graduating from Mercer County Community College. I am thanking you personally because I know 101 has given me an opportunity to keep learning and continue on my education. I have learned a lot from great people like you and this has encouraged me to work harder. Thank you for your willingness to help students.
A.O, PHS Class of 2016
101 Fund has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams of going to college. I am the first person in my family to attend a four year school and because of the 101 Fund I am able to achieve my goal of becoming a teacher.
101 has given me the ability to achieve my goals.
I would like to thank the donors of the 101 Fund for their generosity and willingness to give so that I am able to live out my dreams.
M.C., PHS Class 2015
What am I doing at The Ohio State University? What am I doing out of Mercer County? I’d like to believe that just my ambition, drive and hustle alone is the reason I am here. That may be part of such, but not entirely. School does cost money. A lot of money. None of this could/would be possible without the generous contribution made by the 101 Foundation. Studying at one of the nations’ top-50 institutions has been one of the most humbling and enlightening experiences I have been and probably will be apart of in my life; and without 101, none of this, would be possible. Thank you
T.P., PHS Class 2010