Southampton Association scholarship winners Claire Kemp (attending Tufts), Michelle McGay (SUNY New Paltz) and Hayley Fitch, (Catholic University) received this year’s awards from Todd Goodwin.
The Association scholarship is in memory of Arthur B. Schoen, Jr., who was chairman of the scholarship committee until his death in 2005. Because of his generosity and the generosity of his family and friends, the fund named in his memory will continue through the coming years to provide Southampton students with the financial assistance they need to pay college tuition. Generous gifts, including one from a previous recipient, have allowed the Southampton Association to increase the award. It is the largest single local scholarship, and has had an increasing impact as other resources shrink and tuition costs continue to rise.
The program was begun more than twenty years ago, and has in many instances helped Southampton students admitted to higher-cost college overcome the financial obstacles to attending those schools. In addition to funding a $21,000 shortfall in one of the Southampton High School scholarship funds in 2001 to assist 138 graduating seniors, the Association has over the years awarded some 40 scholarships to graduates of Southampton High School.
High school seniors seeking financial aid should complete a Southampton Association scholarship application form. The forms are available though the Southampton High School guidance office.