Every high school that ever was in West Virginia has graduates whose path to success began in that institution. Those graduates are all over the world.
But not every high school in West Virginia has a scholarship program that keeps the success going.
Given the example set by the East Bank High School Alumni Association, it's time to ask why.
East Bank High School and DuPont High School were merged in 1999 to form Riverside High School. But the East Bank Alumni Association lived on.
The association funded its first scholarship - $25 - in 1959. Since 1980, it has funded almost $350,000 in Dana and Ethel Ervin Scholarships in honor of a former East Bank principal and his wife.
Earlier this month, East Bank alumni and contributors awarded 21 scholarships to members of the Riverside High School Class of 2013. Each is worth $3,000.
And no, recipients don't have to be from East Bank.
"Our goal now is to be able to award 25 $10,000 scholarships annually," said Allen Tackett, former state adjutant general. "We're well on our way to making that happen."
Tackett is chairman of the association's main source of income, its annual golf tournament, which raised $120,000 last year.
The alumni of every current or former high school in West Virginia could also do this powerful thing.
More of us ought to consider it.