The Edward R. and J. Roscoe Crist Memorial Scholarship Fund Recently Established within the Community Foundation

edward r. crist, jean crist shutt and roscoe crist
J. Roscoe Crist, Jean Crist Schutt, and Edward R. Crist

The Edward R. and J. Roscoe Crist Memorial Scholarship Fund has recently been established within the Community Foundation to benefit graduating seniors at Valley Central High School who are pursuing a career in the field of agriculture.

Ancestors of Sarah Wells, the Crist Family first came to Berea Road in Walden to farm in 1883. Third generation brothers, Edward and Roscoe began working on the farm with their father, James Day Crist, and building the apple orchard and packing facility into a strong wholesale supplier of apples under the name of Crist Bros. Orchards. This scholarship is in memory of their life long efforts to cultivate sustainable agriculture, supply food to people of the world along with their dedication to family and service to community.

“Our family is excited to work with the Community Foundation in order to be able to provide scholarships to students graduating from Valley Central High School who are pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture.  This fund named in memory of the original Crist brothers is a very satisfying way to keep memories of times on the farm and in the community alive” says Jeff Crist, fund representative and owner of Crist Brothers Orchards.

Each year, at least one high school student attending Valley Central High School and pursuing a career in the field of agriculture while demonstrating an appreciation for the contribution that agriculture has made to society will be awarded this scholarship to help support their higher education.
About the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan:

The Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is celebrating 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 region with the creation of over 185 funds that will provide grants and scholarships forever! The Community Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Reception, to be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, will increase awareness of the Community Foundation and all the funds under this wonderful Foundation. For sponsorships, journal ads and tickets please visit


Contributions to The Edward R. and J. Roscoe Crist Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made to CFOS-Crist Memorial Scholarship Fund and sent to the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 203, Montgomery, NY 12549. Secure online donations may also be made at The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All gifts are tax deductible under current tax laws. For more information, call the Community Foundation at (845) 769-9393.