Utica Dollars for Scholars is marking a huge milestone. They're celebrating an impressive 25 years. The scholarship program is putting more money into the hands of more students each year.
With the help of the Community Foundation, the Utica Dollars for Scholars handed out 129 scholarships this year totaling $228,000 to local students.
Students, mainly from Proctor and Notre Dame high school, gathered at the First Presbyterian Church to receive their award.
In past years, five students would get money to go to college. But now, 25 students from several districts are benefiting.
Organizers say it's important to invest in the future.
"Seeing how many great young people we have in this community," said Bruce Brodsky. "The young people are underated in this community. We always find something wrong with what somebody has done. We don't look at what they've done great. We have great young people in so many parts of the community and all the high schools. Its the best part of the year, reading hundreds of applications just to learn how wonderful our young people are."