Evans Alumni Raise $202,000 for Scholarships

One-hundred twenty-seven alumni from the 1960s and early 1970s raised $202,000 to endow a fund at the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools in honor of Coach Fred Pennington.

Fred Pennington coached basketball from 1960 until 1976 at Evans High School. He grew from being a basketball and football coach to Evan’s athletic director and then went on to serve as the school’s assistant principal. Before retiring in 1990, Coach Pennington impacted thousands of lives, instilling values and teaching life lessons that helped shape generations of students who are now giving back to today’s students through this scholarship in Coach’s honor.

This endowed fund will provide scholarships to Maynard Evans High School graduating seniors who are male or female basketball players or cheerleaders from low-income families and are desirous of attending a technical/vocational school, college or university.

Scholarship recipients and the amount of each scholarship will be determined by a school-based selection committee. First-year scholarship recipients are eligible for a second year scholarship of the same amount as long as they meet the same criteria as required for the original scholarship

Jon Marshall, the fund’s founding donor, talked to students at the scholarship launch event:  “…Coach Pennington didn’t teach by talking to us, he taught by example. We learned we could achieve things we never thought we could do because he demanded the best from us. This school didn’t generate great players, it generated great teams.”

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