CHATHAM - The Alice and Murray Giddings Foundation is requesting submissions by qualified high school seniors graduating in 2020 from one of the six public schools in the county and BOCES/Questar III. Recipients will receive $5,000 for a merit based scholarship to put towards their coursework at an accredited two or four year college or vocational program.

Eligible applicants must have a GPA of 85 percent and plan to enroll in a two or four year academic or vocational program after graduating from high school. The Foundation makes awards based on overall personal achievement, with an emphasis on leadership, community service, and high academic standing.

Payment of scholarship monies is coordinated by the Foundation to ensure each recipient receives the fullest benefit of the award, and are made payable to the designated school.

Alice Foise Giddings founded the Alice and Murray Giddings Foundation Inc., in 1995 to institute continued support for her lifelong interests in education. Raised in New York City, she received her professional degree at the New York Training School for Teachers and then pursued a career in the New York City public school system before retiring with her husband to Chatham Center.

To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $750,000 to students throughout Columbia County. The scholarships have supported students’ higher education pursuits at over 70 colleges and universities.

Applications are available from and all inquiries should be directed to the high school guidance departments. Check with your school’s guidance counselor for the application due date. Recipients will be notified in May 2020.

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