On Monday, June 15, 44 Mamaroneck High School seniors received awards from the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund, the largest number of recipients in recent memory.
“With the economic downturn, the need this year was greater than ever, but our community responded to that need, donating just over $200,000 to help these students fulfill their dream of a college education,” said Student Aid Fund President Janet Bear, as she opened the awards ceremony.
Since 1937, the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund has offered scholarships for Mamaroneck High School students to help finance their way to college. Money is raised through contributions from the local community. This year, the fund raised enough in regular and endowed contributions to enable the SAF to offer awards toward the first and second year of the students’ college expenses.
In May, the Student Aid Fund Board – also made up of members of the community – interviews the students, who are referred by the high school’s financial aid officer.
Among the speakers at this year’s awards ceremony was Darlene Arias, who received a Student Aid Fund award when she graduated from MHS in 1994, and is now a lawyer with UBS, the global financial firm. Ms. Arias spoke of how her parents, immigrants from Costa Rica, never had the opportunity to go to college. They wanted her to get the best possible education. She described how the award from the Student Aid Fund helped her realize her dream to attend and graduate from Colgate University.
”It’s all about setting goals,” Ms. Arias told this year’s recipients and their families and friends who attended the ceremony. Also in attendance were Superintendent Paul Fried, MHS Principal Mark Orfinger, School Board member Harriet Barrish, members of the Student Aid Fund, and many donors.
Those wishing to contribute to next year’s fund can send a check to the Mamaroneck- Larchmont Student Aid Fund, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, 10543.
Alina Tugend is a member of the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund Board.