Graduating Lenox Memorial High School seniors who will attend an accredited school of higher education for the purpose of enriching self and world are eligible to apply.

Michael Hedges was a 2015 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School where he excelled academically and athletically. He graduated with high honors and was a standout athlete on the soccer, basketball, and track teams. After graduation he went on to attend Skidmore College. During his first semester at Skidmore, Michael was hit and killed by a drunk driver while he was walking near campus with his friends.

Michael is remembered for his many accomplishments, but he is remembered mostly for the impact he had on people. He is remembered for his kindness, his curiosity, his humility, his ease, his sensibility, his sense of humor, and his presence.

Michael knew what mattered. He paid attention. He loved his family, his friends, his dogs, and the outdoors. He especially loved the Adirondack Mountains where he spent every summer of his life.

Michael was a gentleman and a role model. 
He was a true teacher through his way of being.

The purpose of the Michael Elihu Hedges Memorial Scholarship Fund is to assist graduating students of Lenox Memorial High School and honor the memory and influence of friend and classmate Mike Hedges.

The scholarship will be given to a well-rounded high school senior who is currently attending Lenox Memorial High School and who will further his or her education in a field of study that allows for exploration, discovery, personal growth, and the strengthening and overall betterment of community.

There is one award of $1,500 given each year. Applicants will be informed of Berkshire Taconic's decision within three months of the deadline date. Awards will go towards the student's second semester payment (provided evidence is submitted of being enrolled and in good academic standing).

The committee will review requests for scholarships according to the following criteria:

  • Shows strong character and good values 
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a want of learning 
  • Sets a good example   

Applications will be reviewed by a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation scholarship committee. The committee's recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic's Board of Directors.