Patrick French 2007 Scholarship Winners Announced
Six Columbia County college-bound high school runners
and two from the Capital District have been selected to receive
awards from the Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship Fund. The
scholarship fund, established from the proceeds of the inaugural
Sean’s Run in 2002, has benefited 34 students from Columbia
County and the Capital District. Sean’s Run, the annual community
run/walk conducted at Chatham high school, attracted 756 entries
last year and this year is scheduled for Sunday, April 29.
The six Columbia County students, all varsity Track
& Field and/ or Cross Country runners, will all receive the
Sean Patrick French “Love of Running” Scholarship. Each
submitted an essay describing how participation in the sport has
prepared them for the challenges of college and all were recommended
by their coach. A 5-person panel convened by the Berkshire Taconic
Community Foundation selected the winners following a review of
The recipients of $500 awards include Julie Nabozny,
Rachel Wright, Richard Messineo and Josh Gilly who will all graduate
from Ichabod Crane, Allison Connor from Hudson High School and Sam
Streeter from Chatham High School.
Two other seniors, from Section II, have been selected
to receive the Sean Patrick French “Good Sports” Scholarships.
$500 will be awarded to Brian Rhodes-Devey from Guilderland High
School and to Cara Sprague from Queensbury
Two more scholarships, $1,000 each to a boy and girl,
will be awarded in June to Chatham High School seniors. Applications
are available at the Chatham High School guidance Office. Last year,
Chatham seniors selected were Jordon Nieto and Michael West. Past
Chatham High recipients include Kristen Lill, James Crannell, Jessica
Oehlke, Ricky Dunbar, Meghan Kraham, Andrew Lyons, Teresa Matthews
and Adam Nerney.
French, as a 17-year old Chatham High School junior,
died as a passenger in an underage drunk driving car wreck on January
1, 2002. A plaque displayed at the high school recalls French as
an outstanding athlete, community volunteer and honor roll student
who ran a record setting 4:18 mile as a sophomore. In his abbreviated
career he claimed two second place finishes at state championship
cross country and track meets. As a freshman he was the first-ever
boy from CHS to have qualified for and competed at the NYS Federation
Cross Country Championship, the highest level of schoolboy cross
country competition in New York State.
The scholarship fund is administered by the
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and is supported through
generous contributions from friends, family, businesses, community
members. For more information about Sean’s Run or the Scholarship
Fund, visit www.SeansRun.com.