North Country Scholarship Winners
$500 Scholarships to graduating students from Profile School, Bethlehem
University Of New Hampshire, Outdoor Education & Forestry
National Honor Society, founder: Gay/Straight Alliance at Profile School,
program leader: Teens Taking Charge (an AIDS awareness weekend), treasurer:
Child and Family Services Youth Advisory Board
Ana Fae Koehler,
Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston
Horizon Craft Program, Bennington College summer art program, participated
in the Women's Rural Entrpreneurial Network's 'Girl Art and Women 2' exhibitions
('98, '99, '00)
Montana State University, Graphic Art
YMCA camp counselor, class fundraising, participation in local art
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY
National Honor Society, All-State Band, founder: Extremely Off Broadway
(improvisational theater group), class treasurer: student government, volunteer:
Literacy Program, Children's Theater, Littleton Main Street Project
...and the thank you notes:
Dear Franconia College Alumni,
Growing up, it seemed as though all my favorite adults had attended
Franconia College. When I briefly attended the reunion in July, it became
increasingly clear that that was no coincidence. I feel so lucky to have
grown up in a town which harbored such a creative, accepting community,
and have benefitted greatly from the mere presence of its ideals. The scholarships
now being awarded are a wonderful way of passing on that legacy (the fund
is aptly named). I can't tell you how much being a recipient meant to me
because it came from people I like and respect so deeply. Really, I just
wanted to thank you. So, thank you.
Dear representers of the Franconia Legacy Fund, I just wanted to make
sure I fully extended my gratitude for the scholarship money I received.
Without help from such local scholarships, school might not have been an
option. So thank you again, it will truly be appreciated.
Beth Simon (Ana Fae Koehler's mom):
Yesterday my daughter Ana who is graduating from Profile High School
in Bethlehem was one of the lucky seniors to receive scholarship money
from the Franconia College Legacy Fund. Thank you to the committee for
creating this fund and helping local kids. Every bit helps. Schools are
a lot more money than when we went to FC!
College Project Grant Winners
$250 grants to students in support of academic projects. We issued six
grants to students at Hampshire College and at Marlboro College. In October
we will award three grants to students at Simon's Rock College of Bard.
The winners are:
Skye Allen, Marlboro College. In support of her 10 week trip
to Russia to research the role of the Orthodox church in society from the
19th century to current times. We should note that Skye has taken a seminar
with FC's own Don Sheehan.
Carrie Sterr, Marlboro College. To support her short film on
the subject of a soldier examining his first combat killing. The filmmaker
is a highly recommended student and has had previous work shown at festivals.
Kit Wray, Marlboro College. Kit will study painting in Italy
and travel to other places in order to research images of the goddess in
a cross-cultural context. He's a non-traditional student in his mid-forties
who returned to college after a career as an illustrator. His project will
contain both his own artwork and a written paper.
Marcos Meconi, Hampshire College. Marcos is shooting a film named
'Micubami' on location in Miami and Cuba contrasting Cuban identities in
Andria Apostolou, Hampshire College. Andria will be in France
from June to December to perform cancer research with Dr. Jean Pierre Jaffrezou.
Her application was extremely impressive. The title of her project is "Role
of rafts in myeloid leukemia cells and connection to apoptosis signaling."
Dr. Jaffrezou is an alumnus of Hampshire College and has sponsored other
Christian Phillips, Hampshire College. Christian will be going
to the Philippines to research "the connections between middle class movements
and the two female presidencies in the Philippines." Her project title
is "Madam President: Women in Philippine National Politics."
...and the thank you notes:
Skye Allen, Marlboro College:
Thank you so much for the summer
grant; I'm trying (and succeeding, suddenly) to put money together from
a variety of sources and every individual grant helps a great deal.
I'm particularly appreciative
as someone who grew up in Littleton and Franconia, went to Briar Rose School,
graduated from Profile, and throughout it all knew so many interesting
and wonderful people with Franconia College connections. I always thought
it was interesting that I ended up at Marlboro (after one horrible semester
at Oberlin) given Franconia and Marlboro's similar educational/governance
I will gladly send you samples
of my work after this summer and as I put my Plan together over the next
year. My ongoing interest in Franconia has been piqued and I'd love to
see the Franconia-Marlboro connection developed more fully.
Christian Phillips, Hampshire College:
Hello Melanie! Many thanks to you and the rest of the committee. I'm
grateful to be receiving the grant. As my departure for Manila approaches
every bit of good news is wonderful.
Marcos Meconi, Hampshire College:
Thank you very much for the award! I am pleased to hear the news…I
hope to meet you and the Franconia people someday. Of course, I will let
you know when the film is finished. Thank you again.
Andria Apostolou, Hampshire College:
Legacy Fund -- Thank You! Hi! My name is Andria Apostolou and I am
going to be a senior at Hampshire College this fall. I just received the
offer from the Franconia College Legacy Fund! A big thank you to the committee
and everyone else who helped! Thank you! :O)