PHOENIX – Two Phoenix Central School District graduates began their freshmen semesters this fall with a financial boost from the Robert and Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund.
Alex Brutcher and Morgan Stobart, members of the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2016, were the recipients of the scholarship.
Brutcher received $40,000 to continue his education at Ithaca College, while Stobart was awarded $10,000 for tuition at Clarkson University.
The awards are part of a nearly $1 million bequest gift from the Hurds, alumni of Phoenix schools who wanted to give back to the community long after they passed away.
Although Robert and Roberta graduated more than 70 years ago, their love of Phoenix and appreciation of their education journey left a lasting impact, which Brutcher and Stobart can attest to.
While there were two recipients last year, the bequest gift will typically fund one $40,000 scholarship to a graduating senior per year.
The award will be paid as $10,000 per year over four years if the student remains enrolled in college and in good standing.
Award recipients must fall within the top 15 percent scholastic rating of his or her class.
The recipient should also demonstrate some level of financial need and show moral values reflected by personal action and respect for family members, fellow students, teachers and the community.
For more information about the Phoenix Central School District and its college scholarship opportunities, visit www.phoenixcsd.org.