Kanuru Family Gives Back to Sheffield Community

Endowment gift from Dr. Kanuru for Sheffield High School

The Sheffield City School family is thrilled to be the recipient of an endowment gift which will provide an opportunity for students to attend dual enrollment classes at the University of North Alabama. Rajendra Kanuru (SHS Class of 1988) and Narendra Kanuru (SHS Class of 1986) gave the $100,000 endowment scholarship in honor of their father Dr. Das Kanuru. A special presentation took place September 20 in the new STEM lab at Sheffield High School with Sheffield students and staff, representatives from the University of North Alabama, and the Kanuru family. Dr. Kanuru is a very familiar face to Sheffield. He moved to the area 40 years ago and quickly became a beloved pediatrician to many families. In speaking to the group, Kanuru shared his appreciation for the community and the support provided over the years. His said his sons, Rajendra, now an attorney, and Narendra, a physician, received a wonderful education in Sheffield, and he hoped the students would take advantage of the opportunity the scholarship provides to further their education. The endowment will allow students to receive college credit while enrolled in Sheffield High School through a dual enrollment partnership with UNA. Superintendent Keith Lankford said this endowment gift makes possible some of his dreams for the students. "We needed a substantial opportunity for our kids to get college credits, and we have that opportunity now." In a speech to his graduation class approximately 30 years ago, Narendra Kanuru told his class, "We are symbols of the future, and it is my hope that we will use our knowledge to shape the destiny of our society." Sheffield now has a brighter future, thanks to the generosity of the Kanuru family.





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