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, New York 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 2017 essay, Webutuck seniors are invited to address the following:

In his poem, “The Second Coming,” William Butler Yeats wrote: 

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

After Congress voted to declare war on Germany in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson remarked, “Once lead this great, peaceful people into war, and they will forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance. To fight you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fibre of American life.”

The first weeks and months of 2017 have been tumultuous. Americans seem polarized as never before. Do you see things falling apart, or coming together, a spirit of ruthless brutality, or a reassertion of American values? What, if anything, do you believe should be done to restore peace in our communities and in our nation?

Maximum length for the essay is 1,000 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.