Montgomery, NY – The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan has awarded over $177,000 in scholarships and awards to students in 25 school districts throughout the region. Eighty nine students received scholarships, all made possible through the generous donors who have established charitable funds within the Community Foundation. A scholarship reception for 140 guests took place at the offices of the Community Foundation on July 30.
Some of the newest funds under the administration of the Community Foundation that made inaugural scholarships this year are:
The Charlene Klieverik Scholarship Fund. This Fund awarded three $750 scholarships to graduates Sam DenDanto, Jason Grossman, and Clare Maloney. Charlene played a major role in establishing The Goshen Science Olympiad Organization and a scholarship fund to provide scholarships to graduating Goshen High School students who have participated in Science Olympiad and are continuing their education. In 2004 the Goshen Science Olympiad Organization renamed the scholarship fund in her memory. Charlene’s dedication for her work as a teaching assistant at the Goshen Middle School and her tireless efforts on behalf of the Goshen Science Olympiad teams will be celebrated and remembered through this scholarship fund.
The Skoda Family Scholarship Fund at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. This Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Tri-Valley Central School District graduate Jaclyn Kimmes. This fund gives priority to, and awards annual scholarships to students who are residents of Sullivan County and are registered to attend Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA, with a preference to students majoring in Agriculture.
Sheila Birkett Gift of Life Scholarship Fund. This Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Eldred Central School District graduate Christian D’Angelo. This Fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors of the Eldred Central School District who plan to continue their education in a medical field. This fund was established by Joshua Glantz, a Social Studies teacher at Eldred High School, in honor of Sheila Birkett, who donated her kidney to Joshua.
The Richard G. McCoy Foundation. This Fund awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Monroe-Woodbury High School graduates Timothy Scully and Emily Thatcher and two $1,000 scholarships to North Rockland High School graduates Nicholas Imperato and Katherine Landes. This fund was established by his family and friends to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Richard G. McCoy, who passed away unexpectedly on April 26, 2012. This Fund celebrates those students who have given back to their community through volunteering and community service.
About the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan:
The Community Foundation has begun its 15th year of charitable leadership and philanthropy. The Foundation has significantly increased local charitable funds and empowered donors to make a profound difference in the quality of life in our regionwith the creation of over 180 funds that will provide grants and scholarships forever! Since 1999, the Foundation has been an effective steward of the community’s charitable resources and has been a leader in the administration of scholarships, and grant making for the benefit of nonprofit organizations in Orange and Sullivan Counties, and beyond.