Patrick French 2008 Scholarship Winners Announced
March 24, 2008 - 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 40 students from Columbia County and the Capital District.
Sean’s Run, the annual community run/walk conducted at Chatham
High School is scheduled for Sunday, April 27. Last year 818 entered
to participate in the 5K and 1 mile events.
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 Justine
Schulerud, James O’Connor and Kenneth Noll who will all graduate
from Ichabod Crane, Jordan White from Academy of the Holy Names
HS, James Schneider from Germantown High School and Lindsay Kulzer
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 Alexandria Kuhl of Broadalbin-Perth High
School and Matt Flint of Queensbury High School.
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 Claire Packet and Sam Streeter.
Past Chatham High recipients include Kristen Lill, James Crannell,
Jessica Oehlke, Ricky Dunbar, Meghan Kraham, Andrew Lyons, Teresa
Matthews, Adam Nerney, Jordon Nieto and Michael West.
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 Chatham 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, click here.