Dellandy Christian, recent graduate and Essex resident, was the recipient of this year’s Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship. The scholarship awards funds toward higher education and can be renewed for up to three years if the recipient maintains a solid academic record. Dellandy was honored with a reception in Essex in August.
Past recipients of the The Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Education Fund are as follows:
- 2012: Luke Barnes
- 2013: Tyler Bridge
- 2014: Lilly Kelly
- 2015: Geordie Hearn
The Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Education Fund is a component of the Essex Community Fund. Here is their mission statement, which explains the criteria for the scholarship and the benefits thereof and a bit about the scholarship founders:
The Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Education Fund primarily seeks to financially assist Essex, NY high school students in their applications to, and attendance at, a post secondary school college, university or trade school.
The Allens have a multi-generational history in Essex beginning in 1903. Their strong love of Essex was fundamental in their wish to support and empower the young people who live there. In 2012 Lawson and Clint Allen established the Lawson and Clint Allen Leadership and Academic Scholarship as part of the Essex Community Fund with the expectation that recipients would “pay it forward” through contributions to their community and the nation. The initial scholarship award was $2,500. The Allens have increased the scholarship amount each year since then, intending to build an endowment that will support four $5,000 scholarships each academic year. The scholarship may renew each year, up to three years, provided the recipient can provide evidence of working diligently, earning grades that reflect that effort, and making steady and satisfactory progress toward a degree, or appropriate certificate. At the close of each academic year, scholars will be asked submit to the Essex Community Fund both the “Allen Scholarship Renewal Agreement” and a brief written summary of their accomplishments that year.
In response to the financial burden of applying to post secondary school educational venues, the Allens expanded the scope of their scholarship program in 2016 to include college, university and trade school application fees. Essex students may apply to up to three educational venues that are in line with their educational goals and appropriate for their educated future. The Allens believe that Essex students should not be deterred from doing so by the cost of the application process.
At the discretion and counsel of the Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Education Fund Committee, The Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Educational Fund may occasionally support the pre-college preparatory needs of a deserving Essex High School student.
All benefits and conditions cited above are subject to revision by the Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship and Education Fund Committee.
- Geordie Hearn Awarded an Allen Scholarship (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)