Roseville graduate donates $20,000 to scholarship foundation

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 11, 2016

 Dennis Daar, a 1976 Roseville High School graduate, is funding two scholarships named for Dr. Addamae Akin and Wilburt “Wild Bill” Keenan, two Roseville educators who had significant influences on Daar’s life.

Dennis Daar, a 1976 Roseville High School graduate, is funding two scholarships named for Dr. Addamae Akin and Wilburt “Wild Bill” Keenan, two Roseville educators who had significant influences on Daar’s life.

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ROSEVILLE — Dennis Daar, a 1976 Roseville High School graduate, and his wife, Rita, gifted the Roseville Community Schools Scholarship Foundation with $20,000 to be awarded over the next 10 years through two separate awards, according to a Sept. 23 press release from Roseville Community Schools.

Daar named the scholarships after people who influenced his life.

“The two influential people in my life — I wanted to recognize them for what they did, and then to provide an opportunity for students at Roseville High School to help them to be able to afford college. School is very expensive these days, and every little bit helps,” Daar said.

The Dr. Addamae Akin Leadership Award will be awarded to a Roseville High School student who exemplifies leadership throughout the school.

Akin had a positive impact on Daar. According to the press release, Akin, a retired teacher and principal, was the high school adviser at the time.

The Wilburt “Wild Bill” Keenan Turn-Around Award will be given to a student who has improved throughout high school.

“My father passed away in 1967, and I met (Keenan) in early 1968. He was an important part of my life as far as self-worth and trying to keep me on the straight and narrow,” said Daar.

Keenan died 17 years ago, the release states, but his wife, Pat, was in attendance for the presentation. 

“He gave so much of himself, and I am very honored today to be here for Denny and Rita,” stated Pat Keenan in the release.

“We’ve been fortunate in our careers, and we just wanted to give back to the community that’s helped bring me up. That whole ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ I had a lot of people besides these two people who were influential and helped me to hopefully now return the favor,” said Daar.

Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment stated his gratitude for Daar’s donation in an email response.

“This is one of the highest donations we have ever received. Roseville students will be able to take advantage of this for 10 years, and we are extremely grateful for the donation,” Kment stated.

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