In keeping with their 38-year tradition, the Trustees of the Akin Hall Association Scholarship Endowment Fund fulfilled their mission by honoring the following top ten percent of the students in the recent 2017 Pawling graduating senior class with a total of $50,000 in awards. The 2017 scholarship honorees were presented their awards at the Akin Hall Association’s June 17 Reception at Akin Free Library with family members, donors, and school administration present. The following six students with their future college choices received scholarships: Jake Koerner, Rochester Institute of Technology; Andra Sullivan, SUNY Buffalo; David Bellucci, Villanova University; Rachel Lena, Fordham University, Elsie Martin, SUNY Geneseo; and Jennifer Hernandez, Dutchess Community College.
In addition, two students were presented with merit awards at the recent Pawling High School Senior Scholarship Awards night on June 20, Julia Krasinski and Maeve Willis.
The Association was formed more than 100 years ago by Albert J. Akin, a Pawling benefactor, who provided the Akin Free Library building and an endowment to promote and preserve the history, culture, spiritual roots, and educational opportunities of our area. The applications and essays of the top ten percent of the 2017 Senior Class were ranked on their academic achievements, school and community activities, leadership, volunteer service and need. Six students were selected for interviews by the scholarship committee. The committee is very proud of the six young students who are recognized this year and exhibit the values esteemed by the Akin Hall Association’s founder.
The Scholarship Committee members are Liz Allen, Akin Hall Association President; Betsy Brockway, Scholarship Chair; Valerie Busby; David Daniels; Ross Daniels; Stan Scherer; Terry Stewart, and Nancy Tanner.
The names of the students from left to right are Elsie Martin, David Bellucci, Andra Sullivan, Jennifher Hernandez, Jake Koerner and Rachele Lena