MONTGOMERY – The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS)has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships through an online scholarship portal.
The scholarships were distributed to students in school districts throughout the region. 180 students received scholarships, all made possible through donors who have established charitable funds within the Community Foundation.
“When donors establish scholarships, they better the future of our communities by supporting young people,” said Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President, and CEO. “The student recipients are extremely grateful for these awards as they pursue their dreams of higher education.”
Connor Fitzgibbons, a graduate of Valley Central High School, was this year’s recipient of the very first scholarship established by CFOS. The Corinne Feller Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by Ron and Anita Feller of Montgomery. They established the fund in memory of their daughter, Corinne Feller, a scholar-athlete at Valley Central who passed away at age 18.
Fitzgibbons will be attending Monmouth University in the fall. When hearing he received the Corinne Feller Memorial Scholarship, he said “Being chosen really means a lot to my family and I,” said Fitzgibbons. “This scholarship will help me immensely when it comes to paying for the many costs of higher education and I am truly blessed to have received this opportunity.”
Timothy Batzel, a graduating senior from Port Jervis High school who is headed to Syracuse University in the fall, is the recipient of the largest CFOS scholarship, The Oscar B. Greenleaf Scholarship.
“I’m still attempting to comprehend the magnitude of this award, let alone piece together the proper words of gratitude. I’ve come to the realization that there is no such verbal sequence of the same greatness,” said Batzel. “However, I would like to sincerely thank the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan for the opportunities that it has provided for many of my classmates and I on our journeys towards higher education. I assure that the Foundation’s insurmountable generosity and confidence in the Class of 2020 will not be in vain.”