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Community Foundation awards $8,000 in scholarships to Port Jervis High School graduates through Oscar B. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship

Left to right: Devon Simpson, Jenna Danko, The Honorable Robert A. Onofry, Chloe Hossann and Travis Benson.

On Monday, June 6, 2011, four (4) graduating students of Port Jervis High School were awarded a scholarship of $2,000.00 each from the Oscar B. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund which is administered through the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

The Oscar B. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2003 to honor Oscar B. Greenleaf, originally from Otisville and later, Port Jervis, who died at the age of 97 in 2003.  Greenleaf was an ordinary person of modest means with extraordinary goals.  He made a provision in his will and left a one million dollar bequest to the Community Foundation to establish an endowment fund that assists Port Jervis students with college expenses.  Oscar B. Greenleaf gave so that others could learn.  His name and goodwill lives on forever because of his gift to the Community Foundation.

Since inception of the Oscar B. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2003, nearly a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships have been awarded.

The 2011 Oscar B. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship recipients are:

o    Travis Benson who will study Music Therapy at Mount Clair State.

o    Devon Simpson who will study Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

o    Chloe Hossann who will study Education/Mission Work at Word of Life Bible Institute.

o    Jenna Danko who will study Physical Therapy at Ithaca College.

Recipients of the Oscar B. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship were selected based on an essay, letters of recommendation, their participation  in extracurricular and co-curricular activities, their good moral character, and their contributions to the community.

The Oscar B. Greenleaf Scholarship Memorial Fund is facilitated through the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, a 501(c)(3) public charity that was created to help individuals, organizations, and businesses establish charitable endowments within their community.  To create your own charitable endowment or to make a contribution to a named fund, please visit www.cfoc-ny.org or contact Karen VanHouten Minogue, Executive Director at (845) 769-9393 or e-mail karen@cfoc-ny.org.

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