In 2009, the Desoto County Historical Society Board agreed to provide a scholarship to a DeSoto County High School Senior beginning with the 2010 graduating class.  In order to accomplish this feat on behalf of our organization, we decided to use funds derived from our annual Christmas Auction which is held immediately after the luncheon at our December meeting.  We could only muster $500 to award to our first recipient, however, since   then, we have given $1000 each year, thanks to our membership’s excellent response to the annual auction.  

From time to time, we wonder where these young  people are and what they have accomplished since they graduated.  Each of  them or a family member has been  contacted and their accomplishments are as follows beginning with the year they graduated from DeSoto County High School:

2010-    Katie Colding       Graduated USF with a degree in Public Health, currently works with mentally handicapped adults in the Tampa area; starting Masters Program in 2017 at St. University.                               

2011-    Jahna Leonard       Majoring in English at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

2012-    Shelbie Bennett       Attending University of Florida majoring in Anthropology.

2013-     Haylie Farley            Beginning in January, 2017 she plans to attend South Florida State College and after receiving her AA degree will pursue her studies to be a Pediatrician.                              

2014-     Trey Jennings    Received his AA in the Spring of 2016 from Florida Southwestern State College(FSW),  formerly Edison State College.  He was given a full time staff position as an Admission Assistant  and is now working on his Bachelors in Supervision & Management at FSW.  His goal is to be COO of a major non-profit organization.

2015-     Jamie Westberry     Sophomore at Southeastern University, Lakeland, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Theology.  Her goal is to be a Children’s Christian Counselor.    

2016-     Grant Potter       Freshman at South Florida State College.  After attaining his AA degree, he plans to transfer to the University of Florida and pursue  a degree in Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine.

​2017 -  Briana Harris  Hopes to attend the University of Florida and study finance.

​2020 -  Allison Bordner will be attending University of Florida.

“Social Distancing” College Scholarship Fundraiser

    The Society awarded our 2020 college scholarship to Allison Bordner, and this month we’re raising funds for our 2021 award. Please donate any amount and choose a thank-you gift or no gift at all!  Each of the gifts is valued for a certain level of donation, so choose appropriately. The gifts are available first come, first served, so make your donation today! To reserve an item and make your pledge call  863- 266-5774.  Payment will be through Pay Pal - https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=9397B2YTAC5RA - or send check to DCHS, P.O. Box 1824, Arcadia, Fl. 34265

For a $5.00 donation:
3” bisque-and-cloth Seminole doll
CraZy Art Weaving Loom for kids (ages 4 and up)

For a $10.00 donation:
Three silver bells: Minnie Mouse, Washington, D.C., and Minnesota Vikings
15” Boston International “Spatter Hens” platter in original box
Poinsettia vase/planter - 8” tall with 6.5” inch opening and 5” base
Two Japanese baby figurines
Oriental bowl with dragon and phoenix designs, 9.5” wide and 4” tall
Ball Canning utensil set including jar funnel, jar lifter, bubble remover/headspace tool, and magnetic lid left.
Think Fun Yoga Spinner Game (ages 5 and up)

For a $15.00 donation:
University of Miami “Hurricanes” infinity scarf
Picnic basket purse hand-painted purse with local historic business names
6” Boston Fern for patio or indoor use
6” Florida native plants, such as rouge plant or wild coffee

For a $25.00 donation:
Children’s Halloween Costumes, with clothing and accessories, each: Doctor, Firefighter, Police Officer, Surgeon, 
McCall’s Craft “Attic Babies” hand-sewn doll with label and doll chair
15” Plastic tropical flower platter, salad bowl, and serving utensils
Bath Pond by Lowell Teal, novel about Florida citrus signed by the author

For $30.00 donation:
Bulldog Root Beer Bottle Cap hand-made glass-bead necklace

For $35.00 donation:
Hand-crocheted “ruffle scarf” choose purple, gray, or blue/brown
Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles by Carol Mahler, signed copy of nonfiction book

For $60.00 donation:
Historical Society Gift Basket: Pioneer Day “Acrefoot Johnson” t-shirt (you choose the size), Society ball cap, four reproduction postcards, Cracker Cures, Recollections I, II, III, IV in attractive picnic-style basket

For $65.00 donation:
Yellow Deli Gift Basket, includes Wild Berry Shampoo 1 oz.; Creamy Orange Hand & Body Lotion, 1 oz.; Creamy Mango Shampoo and Conditioner, 16 oz., each; Ylang & Rose Handmade Bar Soap; Mango and Beeswax Hand Cream 1.7 oz.; Almond Everyday Shampoo, Soap, and Body Wash, 32 oz.; Orange Blossom Everyday Soap, 12 oz., Dried Mango from Pine Island, FL, 3 oz.