Samuel L. Waltz Jr.
Scholarship founder thanks community
The third annual Leadership Scholarship sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce was presented to Christopher Harloff and Kayla Haggerty. Both will be graduating from Cooperstown Central School this month. Kayla is pursuing a career in hospitality/hotel management at Endicott College in Massachusetts and Christopher is focusing on recreation, adventure travel and ecotourism at Paul Smith’s College.
This scholarship purpose is to heighten awareness of careers in such fields as volunteerism, community development, organizational leadership and hospitality/tourism with a private enterprise, non-for-profit organization or government entity. The criteria for selection is not based on a student’s current volunteer efforts, thought this certainly is encouraged, but rather their career choice to make a positive difference in a community upon college graduation.
This scholarship opportunity embraces the support and collaborative efforts of many individuals, businesses and organizations all contributing toward its success, they include:
Financial contributors: Grace Kull, Janice Eichler, Irene Ekstrom, Mary Wright, Samuel Wilcox, Jason Tabor – Principal Financial Group, Cooperstown B&B – Linda and John Smirk, Jeanne and John Dewey, Diastole B&B – Brigitte Priem, Erin McKay, Lyoncher B&B – Tom and Jean Lyon, Patricia Szarpa, Jim and Theresa Donley, all of Cooperstown; The Meadowlark Inn, East Springfield – George and Tina Macaluso, Martha and Paul Clarvoe and Deb Taylor, Hartwick, Claire Kepner and Mary Beth Dow, Fly Creek, and Starry Night B&B, Oneonta – Marcia Kozubek, The Farmers’ Museum for hosting the scholarship reception including Paul D’Ambrosio and Ann Tandle, Cooperstown Central School guidance counselor Eric Carr, Brian Wrubleski and Catering to You by Brian, Sarah Dewey, 2011 Scholarship recipient and Rachael Fort, 2012 recipient for emceeing the event, Craig Lippitt, Peter Henrici, Jim Gates, Jennifer Pindar and Amy Mahar for providing references for the recipients, Cooperstown Crier, The Freeman’s Journal and The Daily Star, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce staff and board of directors and the families of Christopher and Kayla.