Alice Henriquez Memorial Fund Writing Prize

Alice B. Henriquez Memorial Fund Writing Prize

Scholarship Guidelines


Seniors at Webutuck Senior High School (Amenia, NY).


Alice and Richard Henriquez were longtime residents of Millerton, N.Y., and, while living, maintained close relationships with that community's youth. The award was established by the late Richard Henriquez in memory of his wife, Alice, to encourage young people to use their writing and analytical skills to address contemporary issues.

For the 2019 essay, Webutuck seniors are invited to address the following:


“The Peace of Wild Things”

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, "The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry"


“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”

John Lennon


“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

Mahatma Gandhi


What does peace mean to you?  In your own experience, what brings a measure of peace to you, and how do you respond to that feeling?


Maximum length for the essay is 500 words.

NOTE: While each essay must be the original work of its author, applicants are permitted to have their essays reviewed by a faculty member before submitting their applications.


Seniors at Webutuck Senior High School (Amenia, NY) who are entering their first year of a two year or four year nationally accredited college, university or trade-school.


The award is $1,000. Payments will be made directly to the college or university of the recipient.


Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the writing. 
  • Clarity of thinking and addressing the theme.
  • Creativity of overall submission.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the The Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund (QUEST) Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.

The Alice B. Henriquez Memorial Fund Writing Prize will be awarded during the Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.




May 1