SVEAA History

After a 1969 class reunion, several classmates began discussions about the need for a Spencer Van Etten Alumni Association. Within a matter of a few emails, a steering committee was formed to accomplish this task. A “working group” was established to further build upon ideas to create an alumni association.

The first meeting of the working group was held on May 18, 2013 where the steps needed to successfully launch the SVE Alumni Association were outlined. As with most alumni organizations, a primary goal identified was to provide annual scholarship awards for SVE graduating seniors. Events that would further support our mission were also discussed.

SVEAA Historic Timeline:

2013 Developed class rosters; wrote a constitution and alumni goals.
2014 Incorporated in NYS and received IRS 501c3 certification; first scholarships, banquet, and scholarship golf tournament; SVEAA logo designed.
2015 Doubled our scholarship awards; started web and social media presence.
2016  Launched the SVEAlumni.org website.
2017 Increased scholarship awards from $1000 to $2000.
2018 Launched Panther Prowl 5k run.
2020 Rebranded alumni scholarship golf tournament to SVE Open.
2022 Vergason Technology, Inc. Trade Scholarship joined SVEAA Scholarship Partners.
2023 Lillian Williams Memorial Trade and the Curt & Darcy Riess Family Foundation College Scholarships added to SVEAA Scholarship Partners.
2023 Launched SVE Throw Down (corn hole) Tournament.
2023 Launched new, consolidated website.
2024 Created Legacy Scholarship Endowment and Legacy Trade Scholarship Endowment investment accounts.
2024 SVEAA community scholarship program extended to host other community scholarship programs.