The Lapan College & Career Club is a community program offered to students from the Wakefield Community starting at C.E. Rose, Hollinger & Wakefield Middle Schools through 12th grade interested in earning dollars for their future education through the Lapan Sunshine Foundation, Inc. It became active at Wakefield Middle School in 2004 and is funded by the Lapan Sunshine Foundation, Inc. a foundation of the Lapan Family, established by Patricia Lapan in 1989.
This website provides Lapan College & Career Club students and parents with additional resources and information to help them make the most of the opportunities offered by the Foundation.
"Nana" Lapan conceived the idea of awarding students $50 for every "A" grade on their report cards each quarter in the five major subjects: math, science, social studies, reading and writing. At the high school level Lapan students are compensated at the end of each school year on a sliding scale based on their GPA. Students can earn $3,000 during their middle school years, and an additional $2,000 during high school. Her idea was that students needed to establish successful study skills during their middle school years in order to succeed academically in high school and college. Students receive a statement at the end of each school year indicating the total accumulated funds in their account. These funds can be accessed once a student graduates from high school. Funds can be used only for direct college or trade school expenses as defined in the Lapan Student/Parent Handbook.