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Tipton 8th Graders Get Surprise Scholarships Worth Thousands

TIPTON, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - On Monday, a surprise announcement in the Tipton High School Auditorium changed the future for more than 70 families.

All 8th graders at Tipton Middle School will receive a scholarship for post high school education, some will get as much as $10,000. The class of 2018 will receive credit for every year theyve attended school in Tipton at least 70 percent of the time.

It was the idea of Kevin and Sandy Gleaves. The Gleaves have been volunteering with the students since they were in kindergarten. Kevin is a retired Rockwell Collins engineer and Sandy is a retired school teacher. They never had kids of their own, but have plenty of their own now through the 8th graders at Tipton Middle School. The Gleaves have done everything from attend field trips with the students to serving as surrogate grandparents.

After being inspired by someone in California, the Gleaves started investing their money years ago for the student's future. Rockwell Collins decided to add to the pot and some anonymous donors also joined in. Others like Harvey R Diehl donated in memory of Tim Haven Bates III. Maryann and Clarence Frazer, and Dan Sipper and Lori Musland Sipper also donated to the Gleaves cause.

Now, they have about $711,000 that will go toward scholarships.

The announcement was made as a surprise to the students and their parents in what the school had called an 8th grade planning meeting.

"My mom was crying and she said, well now you can change your mind and you can go to more of a four year college," 8th grader Bryce Deerberg said.

8th grade students will receive a scholarship proportionate to the years they've spent in the district.
8th grade students who have moved away will also be eligible for the scholarship.

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