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Foundation Scholarships Recognize Student Achievement, Help Attain Dream of a College Education

Posted on: Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Schenectady Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 college scholarships: Victoria Phillips (Schenectady High School), Lindsay Thornton (Niskayuna High School), William D. Smith III (Schenectady High School), Grace Herrmann (Schenectady High School), and Autumn Reichelt (Niskayuna High School).

Lindsay Thornton and Victoria Phillips are the recipients of the 2017 Erbacher Scholarships. Anna Hudson Erbacher Scholarships are awarded by the Foundation each year to one or two qualified graduates of Schenectady County high schools who intend to pursue careers in teaching. Lindsay will attend The College of St. Rose and Victoria will head downstate to attend SUNY New Paltz this fall.

The Anna Hudson Erbacher Scholarship was founded by The Schenectady Foundation in 1973 from a charitable trust established by John N. Erbacher in honor of his wife, Anna. A teacher in the Schenectady school system, Anna taught at Riverside school in Schenectady’s Stockade when it was first opened. The $10,000 Erbacher Scholarships provide $2,500 a year over four years of continuing education. “Anna Hudson Erbacher was a devoted Schenectady educator who made a difference in the lives of all the children who shared her classroom,” said Carreau. “This scholarship was established by Anna’s husband, John, in 1973 to honor her passion and commitment as a life-long educator.”

William D. Smith III, who will be attending Cornell University, was named the 2017 recipient of the Schenectady STEM Scholarship (the Clarence E. Crowfoot and Mary Clarke Fund). The $4,000 STEM Scholarship, paid over four years of college, is awarded to a graduating student from Schenectady High School who plans to pursue an education and career in science, technology, engineering, or math. Criteria for the scholarship include academic performance and financial need.

The STEM Scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Sanford A. and Marilyn Shuler in 2014. Sanford named the scholarship in honor of Clarence E. Crowfoot and Mary Clarke, the people who took him in as a young man and instilled in him the importance of education and supported his pursuit of science. “Sanford Shuler was a brilliant GE engineer and innovator. Because of his generosity and forward-thinking, his legacy will help the next generation of scientists make their own exciting discoveries,” said Carreau.

Autumn Reichelt and Grace Herrmann are the recipients of this year’s Student Achievement Awards! Grace has been accepted to Mount Holyoke College, and Grace will begin classes at Hudson Valley Community College this fall. The Schenectady Foundation Student Achievement Scholarship recognizes graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership, good character, commitment to academics, and service to their community.

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