Readers’ Fund

Betsy Sanders and Jill Miner                                                   2017 AP Achievement Award Recipients

16 Gaylord High School students receive Readers’ Fund Awards

This year 16 Gaylord High School students will receive AP Achievement awards made possible through a grant from the Readers’ Fund of the Otsego County Community Foundation. Each recipient will be granted the opportunity to take the AP exam at no charge.  “Gaylord High School  and it’s students would like to thank both Jill Miner and Betsy Sanders for starting the Readers’ Fund endowment and for investing in the recipients future.” said Jeff Hervela , GHS Guidance counselor.


The Reader’s Fund was established by local business owners Jill Miner, from Saturn Booksellers, and Betsy Sanders, from Hogan’s Jewelers. Both women are active community members with a passion for education and literary. Established in 2014, they decided to take their local philanthropy a step further, by partnering with the Otsego County Community Foundation to establish this endowment to support education and other causes close to their heart. As an endowment, the Readers’ Fund will forever generate grants that will benefit the county.


“Partnering with the Otsego County Community Foundation seemed like the best way to connect with and to benefit our biggest resource: our children. Making higher education more affordable is a goal we both support, especially when it is achieved through opportunities in the high school curriculum. “said Betsy Sanders.


“Betsy and I both wanted to maximize the impact of the awards we could grant through our fund.  We decided that we would ask each of the GHS AP teachers to nominate one student from each of their classes – a student they thought had a chance to score well on the AP exam.   The Readers’ Fund will then pay for the exam fee for all of those students.

The important part is that, when students’ scores well on an AP exam, their college or university will often grant credit for classes the students may then skip. This year, three credit hours (a typical class) could cost as much as $5200 at some of our most competitive American universities.

So there is potential for our 16 exam fees to turn into many tens of thousands of dollars for high-achieving GHS students. We hope it does!” said Jill Miner.


Gaylord Community Schools is proud to be able to offer AP courses to their students. Each teacher of an AP class recommended an individual based on effect, skill and overall performance.  This year’s recipients are Chase Henley (AP Stats), Noel Strong (AP Spanish), Adriana Edwards and Leif Lindquist (AP English Lit), Christian Walker (AP World History), Preston Fairchild (AP Chemistry),Brett Perkins (AP Biology), Allison Kowath and Emma Phillip (AP Calculus), Eric Langewicz and Kamryn Curtiss (AP English Language), Dominic LaJoie (AP Stats), and Emily Irish, Emma Doederlein, Anna Burt and Matt Percival (AP Government).


“The OCCF connects people who care to the causes that matter and the Readers’ Fund support of the AP Achievement Award is a perfect example.  It is a donor advised fund, which is one of our most popular products and a great option for those who want to be engaged with their local philanthropy.  Donors come to us with a wish and we help them make that come true.”  Dana Bensinger, OCCF Executive Director.