Friday, February 20, 2009

Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund

3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-0120

February 17, 2009

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents,

The Wilson community is mourning the death of Ms. Sarah Tilman, an exceptional young teacher whose death following a short illness was a devastating loss. Ms. Tilman passed away on Monday, February 9, 2009. Ms. Tilman was in her third year at Wilson and already had made her mark on the school. Her fellow teachers and other members of the Wilson staff knew her as a radiant, quick-witted, caring and generous colleague. Her students knew her as someone who loved her subject and was able to engage them in her enthusiasm for it. Finally, the parents of her students knew her as someone who cared about their children and worked hard to ensure their success.

We are writing to let you know that a scholarship fund has been established in Ms. Tilman's memory. The Sarah Tilman scholarship will be awarded each year to a student distinguished by his or her love of science. The faculty of the Wilson science department will be responsible for developing the guidelines to be applied in making the award and selecting the annual award recipients. The committee that is working to raise money for the scholarship would like to build a fund of approximately $16,000 to support an annual award of $500 in perpetuity.

If you would like to contribute to the Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund, your gift of any amount will be gratefully accepted. All contributions to the fund are tax deductible. Checks should be written to the Wilson High School PTSA; on the memo line of the check, please write "Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund" to ensure that your gift is directed properly. Checks may be mailed to PTSA Treasurer, Wilson Senior High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016, or placed your contribution in the PTSA box in the main office at the school in an enveloped marked to the attention of the PTSA treasurer.

Ms. Sarah Tilman is someone who should not be forgotten and the scholarship fund that is being established in her honor will help to ensure that she is long remembered by the Wilson community.

Yours sincerely,

Peter J. Cahall Susan Carter Mary GiffinPrincipal PTSA Co-President PTSA Co-President

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