Dana Labbee Scholarship Fund
WHO CAN APPLY
Graduating students of Hoosac Valley High School.
Before his untimely death in an automobile accident, Dana was promise personified. Type 1 diabetes had never held Dana back. He loved sports, academics, music, and virtually any endeavor life presented him. There was no sport that escaped his best efforts. He was a champion hurdler; he golfed, played football and most of all, he loved basketball.
In academics, he excelled. He was repeatedly an Honor Roll student over his entire career. He was an excellent debater, showing a talent and fervor that may eventually have taken him into a career in that arena. He loved literature, art and music. The piano in particular gave him great joy, and he was able to compose music almost effortlessly. Throughout his time at Hoosac Valley High School, he served as a peer mediator because others in his environment recognized his great gifts.
The goal of the Dana Labbee Scholarship is to provide support to graduating Hoosac Valley High School seniors who will attend an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute to study political science, mediation, communications or pre-law.
If funding is available and there are eligible candidates, the fund will award $1,500 or more annually to one graduating senior. Awards will be paid directly to the school for the student's second semester (provided evidence is submitted of being enrolled and in good academic standing).
The committee will review requests for scholarships according to the following criteria:
- An all round student as evidenced by reasonable academic achievement, motivation and demonstrated good character.
- Significance of the scholarship award to the student, particularly financial significance.
- Demonstration of motivation to succeed in pursuing a two or four year college degree/certificate.
Applications will be reviewed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.