Troy man leaves estate to Dollars for College

TROY — Troy’s Dollars for College program continues its tradition of awarding scholarships to students living in the Troy School District and graduating from Troy High School or Troy Christian High School.

The organization would like to acknowledge the support of the late Ray Snapp, whose generosity in his estate will bring scholarship support for the young people he loved for years to come. A 1943 Troy High School graduate and Navy veteran, Ray Snapp made presentations to Troy Junior High School students and supported student program on the military for many years. He died in September 2016.

“When Ray asked me to write his will, he asked me for advice on how to benefit children seeking higher education. I had been on the Dollars for Scholars board some years back and I told him all about it. He told me to leave them his entire estate. I was very proud to have Ray as a friend and client. Dozens of students will be helped for years to come because of his generosity,” said James Utrecht of Troy, Snapp’s lawyer.

The program, previously known as Troy Dollars for Scholars, has awarded more than $975,000 in scholarships to high school seniors over the years.

The community’s generosity has made scholarships happen for 51 years, said Jennifer Walters, Dollars for College board president.

“Our board cannot begin to express our gratitude to Mr. Snapp for considering Dollars for College in his estate planning. His generosity will certainly aid our organization in continuing to help high school seniors to further their education.”

Dollars for College last year awarded $31,000 in scholarships to 36 graduating seniors. Awards ranged from $500 to $3,000.

Those eligible for scholarships are graduating seniors who plan to attend two- or four-year colleges. Applications are scored anonymously with points received for a variety of factors such as financial need, GPA, activities, work and ACT/SAT scores.

Troy Dollars for College operates under The Troy Foundation as a 501(c)(3). It holds an annual mail campaign each spring and awards scholarships at graduation.

The amount of scholarships awarded to students attending four-year colleges will depend on the funds raised in the annual campaign and the number of students who apply.

Any donations of $300 or greater will receive special recognition through a scholarship awarded in the name of the donor’s choice.

Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 373, Troy, Ohio, 45373.