As Fruitland continues to grow, so does the need of those growing with the city. To help fund the educational growth of Fruitland’s youngest residents, Dollars for Scholars’ Fruitland Chapter has teamed up with Pelican Development to build a house to benefit future scholars in the city of Fruitland.

Dollars for Scholars held the groundbreaking ceremony for this project on Oct. 18.

The house is planned to be a three-bed, two-bath, and is expected to be offered for sale in 2020. Proceeds from the sale will be put toward the endowment part of the program, with only the earnings from these funds being used annually. According to chapter President Tom Limbaugh, 100 percent of said earnings go to students.

“All of you contributing to this program, whether it be a monetary investment or construction labor to the home, will then become long-term investors in providing education opportunities for deserving Fruitland students seeking higher education,” says Limbaugh.

Fruitland Mayor Brian Howell pointed out that the city is waiving the usual permit fees for this project, as a way to give back to residents.

“It’s something the city’s supporting; we donated the all the permit fees. … We want to be part of this because it’s something that’s good for the community and good for the kids here.”

Dollars for Scholars gives upwards of $90,000 in scholarships to Fruitland students annually, according to Leroy Atwood, a Dollars for Scholars board member and the CEO of Pelican Development.

The house, located in the Northview Ranch housing project, will be sold upon completion. After taxes and fees, the proceeds will be used to create more scholarship opportunities for Fruitland students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $20,000 each year, depending on applicants’ endeavors.

According to Atwood, the materials and labor are locally-sourced as much as can be.

Construction updates will be given as they are made available.

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