SPENCERTOWN — During a short ceremony that included social distancing and removing masks for only a few moments during the presentation, members of the Spencertown Fire Company Fred Oleynek Memorial Scholarship committee presented a check for $1,500 to this year’s awardee, Julia Rose on Aug. 1. Rose, who lives in Spencertown, is a 2020 graduate from Chatham High School and will be attending
Boston College majoring in Biology.
The fire company has given the scholarship each year since 1985. Before choosing who is awarded the scholarship, a committee of fire company members chaired by Daniel Howes reviews all applications and then meets with the applicants individually. The scholarship is named in memory of long time fire company member Fred Oleynek, who was a past fire chief, company president and founding scholarship committee member.
Committee Chairman Daniel Howes said, “This is something we take very seriously and love to do. A young person graduating from high school and going on to college is the future and we like being a small part of that.”
Spencertown Fire Company President Alan Silvrenale said, “To apply for the scholarship, the person graduating from high school doesn’t have to be associated with the fire company.” and “We usually present a check to the awardee at our annual summer beef barbecue, which is our main fundraiser for the scholarship, but we had to cancel this summer’s barbecue due to COVID-19.”