Rhinebeck, New York—The Board of Trustees of Rhinebeck Community Scholarship Fund announced that it has awarded merit-based scholarships totaling more than $36,000 to 29 local college-bound seniors after assessing a pool of applications from the graduating class of Rhinebeck High School.

This year, the eligibility criteria were modified to make funding more widely available to all members of the Rhinebeck High School senior class who are planning to continue their studies at colleges, universities, vocational schools, and other institutions of higher learning in Fall 2020.

Traditionally, students have been evaluated on the basis of academic performance in combination with extracurricular participation, including volunteer work, employment, theater, music, and athletics. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, such activities were largely suspended. Instead, students were asked to write an essay reflecting on their experiences during the pandemic. Applicants chose from among three inspirational quotes as a prompt.

“The 29 students who submitted applications demonstrated commitment to community and personal resilience,” said Julie Turpin, President, Rhinebeck Community Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees. “We have every reason to be proud of them. Despite the challenges of juggling their academic workload and distance learning platforms, these students reminded us what makes Rhinebeck an extraordinary place to live.”

As one applicant wrote, “quarantine wasn’t an excuse to become lazy, but a gift of time to help others.” Students embarked on self-initiated projects to raise money for a food pantry, worked as Covid screeners in office settings, served meals and delivered groceries to the elderly, worked closely with their teachers to keep school club projects going, and in general sought to make a constructive difference in a most difficult time. Another student remarked, “The giving to and uplifting of others is one of the only ways that we, collectively, are going to get through this challenge.”

The 2020 Rhinebeck Community Foundation Scholarship recipients are:

Lyla Andrick University of Connecticut
Jacob Bancroft SUNY Geneseo
Thomas Beichert Dutchess Community College
Quentin Carlaw Culinary Institute of America
Jonah Carleton Carnegie Mellon University
Owen Dentico SUNY Stony Brook
Cameron Duch SUNY Cobleskill
Shannon Fitzpatrick SUNY Plattsburgh
Helen Fleming University of Alabama
Andrew Gausepohl Penn State University
Kathleen Hall University of Rochester
Jakob Halpern Rochester Institute of Technology
Jillian Holen Binghamton University
John Jackson University of Michigan
Issac Levine Sarah Lawrence University
Jacob Long Binghamton University
Emily Lyons University at Albany
Zachary Neuneker University of Connecticut
Giulia Oxenholm SUNY Purchase
Penelope Paldino Binghamton University
Talulah Patch Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Eleanor Pitcher Misericordia University
Oliver Salchert Point Blank Music School
Alexandria Szabo St. Lawrence University
William Szabo Saint Louis University
Mikaela Torcello Pratt Institute
Adeline Tumolo University of Michigan
Elise Voorhis Northeastern University
Nakoa Zuger SUNY Cortland

Five of the students named above will receive an additional award from the William and Sheldon Burroughs Scholarship for pursuing a degree in engineering or agriculture. They are:

Cameron Duch
Kathleen Hall
Jakob Halpern
Talulah Patch
Elise Voorhis

“We are incredibly grateful to the large number of generous donors who make these scholarships possible year after year,” added Turpin, the Scholarship Fund Board President. “When people give to this fund, they send a very clear message to students that their accomplishments and their work ethic are deserving of recognition.”


About Rhinebeck Community Scholarship Fund

The Rhinebeck Community Scholarship provides scholarships to graduating seniors of Rhinebeck High School. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who will be full-time students at any accredited college, university, or vocational school, and may be used for tuition, books, and fees.

Scholarships are administered under the auspices of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley (CFHV), which works to strengthen the community by helping individuals, businesses, and organizations establish and manage funds that support vital causes and charities. Partnering with its generous donors, CFHV addresses current and emerging community needs through effective grantmaking to improve the quality of life for all. Additionally, CFHV provides technical assistance to help nonprofits operate more effectively. Learn more at https://communityfoundationshv.org/

To make a tax-deductible gift to the Rhinebeck Community Scholarship Fund, visit https://communityfoundationshv.org/ and click on GIVE TODAY.

Checks can be made payable to Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley. Please put Rhinebeck Community Scholarship Fund (RCSF) in the memo line. Sent to CFHV, 80 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Email inquiries to rbkscholarship@gmail.com.


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