Quailwood Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Individuals who have been full time residents of Red Rock for most of the two years prior to this application and have been accepted at a college or professional program and prior Quailwood Scholarship recipients.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Jonathan Schor (1946-2004), a resident of Red Rock for thirty years, established the Quailwood Fund before he died to create an endowment to generate annual grants “to provide community support in the Red Rock, Columbia County, New York area for public services and improvement of the quality of life, for conservation work, public recreation facilities, fire and rescue facilities and educational scholarships.”

According to Jon’s wishes, the Quailwood Fund has an advisory board that consists of the presidents of the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company, the Red Rock Historical Society, the Canaan Conservation Club, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the executive director of the Columbia Land Conservancy.

The Quailwood Fund and its Advisory Board looks to the long term needs of the Red Rock community. It remains open to new ideas and possibilities to improve and enrich the quality of life for the residents of Red Rock.

Through its grantmaking programs, the Quailwood Fund works to help retain a strong sense of community in Red Rock by bolstering community gatherings, encouraging a diversity of participation in the life of the community and supporting a wide range of social and economic opportunities for residents.

There are four Grant Programs to support the vision of the Quailwood Fund:

  • The Quailwood Scholarship Fund for Students is for Red Rock residents who are graduating high school seniors or adult residents who wish to attain a college, graduate or professional degree.
  • The Quailwood General Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities that provide programs/projects that benefit the residents of and that take place in the Red Rock area.
  • The Red Rock Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time assistance for residents who find themselves in dire straits.

Berkshire Taconic is proud to serve as steward for the Quailwood Fund and is committed to upholding the highest standard of quality and integrity in administering and reviewing applications submitted for these programs. All staff and committee members adhere to strict confidentiality and conflict of interest policies.

The Quailwood Fund serves the community of Red Rock, NY. For the purposes of the Quailwood Fund, Red Rock is defined as roughly the current boundaries of the Red Rock Fire District in the towns of Austerlitz, Canaan and Chatham, New York.

ELIGIBILITY

First Time Applicants Must:

    • Be a graduating high school senior.
    • Have been a full time resident within Red Rock* during most of the last two years of high school. An exception may be made for boarding school students whose family residence is in Red Rock.
    • Be accepted at a college or professional program.

Adult (24 or older) Applicants Must:

    • Have been a full time resident within Red Rock* during most of the last two years of high school. An exception may be made for boarding school students whose family residence is in Red Rock.
    • Be accepted at a college or professional program.

AWARDS

Awards generally range between $1,000 and $3,000.

REVIEW CRITERIA

The committee will review applications and materials submitted and make their decisions according to the following criteria:

The Student’s:

  • Academic Achievement and Potential
  • Efforts and ambitions to achieve his/her academic and life goals
  • Financial Need
  • Significance of the Scholarship Award to the Student
Applications will be reviewed by the CHA-NEL Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee. This is a committee of Columbia County residents who are active in community and academic affairs that gives multi-year awards to graduates of Chatham and New Lebanon high schools. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s Board of Directors.