At their 40th reunion in 2001, the Atlantic High School Class of 61 voted to give a $300 need-based scholarship to a graduating senior. Many alumni spoke of the role their high school education had on both college and career success. They wanted other AHS grads to have that opportunity. Over the years, several classes had given one-time scholarships following class reunions, but there had been no continuity to alumni scholarships.
The following spring, the scholarship committee chose a recipient after reviewing 17 applications and wishing they had more money to give. Finding that money became a reality in early 2003 when Dr. Martin L. Key convinced eight classmates from the Class of 61 to help him create SENIOR ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (SASF).
SASF encourages the senior alumni of Atlantic High School, through their contributions, to honor the school that gave them their educational start. The organization established a scholarship fund to provide scholarships for graduating seniors of Atlantic High School.
SASF gave a $500 scholarship in 2003. In 2023, SASF gave four $2,500 scholarships.
Over the years, the SASF board has recruited and welcomed new members from AHS 40th reunion classes so that SASF will remain active well into the future. It is our goal to increase both the amount and the number of scholarships.