GHS Alumni and Friends Association

On August 16, 1992 the Girard High School Alumni and Friends Association became a reality through the vision of its founder Gene Cushman (class of 1941). Gene always reminded the association "Our purpose is Scholarships". The primary purpose of the Association was to establish and maintain a Scholarship Fund for graduating GHS Seniors and to continue that scholarship for the student for his or her 4 years of college. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 12 to 15 GHS Alumni who are each elected to a three-year term of office.

Gene Cushman remained the President of the Association until his death in early 1996. At that time James Matuska (class of 1964) became the President in May 1996 to July 2013 when David Richardson (class of 1973) became President to the present..

The Board meets 4 times a year. The annual Alumni Dinner is held on the last Saturday of July at noon the St. Patrick's Hall in Girard.  This is also Girard Festival Days Week-end. Membership is open to everyone and the $10 annual membership fee entitles a member to all Association correspondence, including newsletters, and notification of the Annual GHS Alumni Dinner. If a person wants to be a Lifetime member the fee is $125. Members come from all over the United States to attend the Alumni Dinner each year.

The current Board is as follows:

David Richardson, President & Director • Class of 1973

Richard Hazelwood, Vice Pres. & Director • Class of 1975

James Matuska, Treasurer & Director • Class of 1964

Shirley (Miller) Sigley, Secretary & Director • Class of 1958

Karen (Boston) Dowell, Director • Class of 1963

Jeanette BettisEarley, Director •Class of 1973

Lorraine (Jones) Hart, Director • Class of 1966

Dan Reischauer, Director • Class of 1944

Charles Sanson, Director • Class of 1960

Tami (Traylor) Snyder, Director • Class of 1976

Linda Jones Thebeau, Director • Class of 1958

Lynn Walden, Director • Class of 1972

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Sarah Watson

Marissa Jones

Demeri Adams

John Roller

Matthew Murphy

Ryan Leonard

Akita Fugate

Alyssa Cole

Ashley Roller

RECIPIENT

Ryan Myers

Brittany Crump

Meaghan Karaffa

Amanda McClain

Morgan Murphy

Staci Trojcak

Andrew Hinds

James Tyler Joslin

Craig Gripp

Hope Renee Shelton

Joshua Scott Trojcak

Saralyn Scott

Kelly Boston

Casey Karaffa

Jacob Daugherty

Corey Bridges

Joshua Drake

Tenika Beard

Clint Fetter

Tara (Hays) Berghold

Alicia (Walden) Pierson

Paige Wheeler

Matthew Hinds

Laura (Wise) Collins

Sarah Horrighs

Susan (Nichols) Klug

Chad Rice

Jennifer (Barnard) Buckman

Troy Creasy

Danae Smith

GHS Alumni Scholarship and
Gene Cushman Scholarship Recipients

The first 4 year GHS Alumni Scholarship awarded in 1993 was $4,000.  The recipient received $1,000 per year. The first two year Gene Cushman Memorial Scholarship awarded in 1997 was $1,000.The recipient received $500 per year.The Alumni continued awarding 2 scholarships and increased the value through the years.   In 2012, the tw0 year scholarship was cancelled.  The four year scholarship is now the Gene Cushman Memorial Scholarship and has increased from $8,000 to $12,000 in 2016.  Generous support from the membership and investments has allowed the yearly Gene Cushman Memorial Scholarship to increase to its current value of $12,000.  The recipient receives $3,000 per year.


The scholarship committee of seven people who are GHS graduates and President David Richardson reviews all of the applications submitted by the current North Mac four-year graduates. The student must live in the old Girard School District and attend all 4 years at North Mac.


Through the vision of Gene Cushman in 1992, the Girard High School Alumni and Friends Association has been a success in helping young men and women further their education and to graduate from a college of their choice. May his vision continue in the future to help future Girard High School graduates further their education.

Mailing address:

GHS Alumni and Friends
Shirley Sigley
317 S. 6th St.
Girard, IL 62640

or to contact David Richardson

via email at ghsdave@yahoo.com

GHS Alumni & Gene Cushman Scholarships

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