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New Canaan Scholarship Foundation Receives 15 New Named Scholarships

The New Canaan High School Scholarship Committee 2017-18 and William Egan, Principal, New Canaan High School and Chairman, New Canaan Scholarship Foundation
The New Canaan High School Scholarship Committee 2017-18 and William Egan, Principal, New Canaan High School and Chairman, New Canaan Scholarship Foundation Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- In honor of its 50th anniversary, the New Canaan Scholarship Foundation received 15 new named and endowed scholarships established in honor of an individual, group, organization or business.

The NCSF began accepting new scholarships this year, and the 15 new ones add to its founding scholarships: the Henry S. Coleman Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Henry Coleman, founder of the New Canaan High School Scholarship Fund; and the Bradley J. Fetchet 9/11 Memorial Foundation Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Bradley Fetchet, a NCHS graduate who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

The following new scholarships will now be offered through the NCSF:

  • The John Leslie Endowed Scholarship, in honor of John Leslie, a member of the Class of 2012, who passed away in August 2007.
  • The Peter Myers Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Peter Myers, who tragically died in 1972, prior to graduating with his class in June 1973.
  • The Martha Gaines Wehrle Endowed Scholarship in honor of Martha Gaines Werhle, who pioneered a path for women in state politics and showed her family each and every day the power and importance of leadership, education, and hard work.
  • The Ben Young Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Ben Young, a beloved Saxe Middle School teacher and New Canaan High School Boys Tennis Coach.
  • •he Briar Foundation Endowed Scholarship, meant to help a deserving NCHS graduate who relies on financial aid to assist with college expenses.
  • The Kelsey Durkin Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Kelsey Durkin, a NCHS graduate of the Class of 2010 whose life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver while she was a student at Washington and Lee University.
  • The Jack and Jennifer Murphy Endowed Scholarship
  • The Class of 1977 Endowed Scholarship, in memory of their classmates who have passed away since graduation. This scholarship is accepting ongoing donations.
  • The Myledred F. Marcely Scholarship Fund, in honor of Myledred F. Marcely, a former ceramics teacher at NCHS in the building that is now known as Saxe Middle School.
  • Bigger, Not Smaller Scholarship, founded by Preston and Kim Bealle, in honor of their friend Claire O’Hare
  • The Cioffi Family Scholarship, to assist a student who has demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the inclusion of all students within the high school setting but, in particular, those who have special needs.
  • The Seelert Family Scholarship
  • Caffeine and Carburetors Scholarship
  • Administrators Association Scholarship.
  • The Culpepper Family Scholarship

As college tuitions continue to increase, there is a significant need for scholarship funding within New Canaan. The cost of education is accelerating and the needs of all applicants cannot be fully met. 

In 2017, NCSF received over 60 applications. Of these, the NCSF awarded 54 students a total of $83,500, or less than $2,000 each. The NCSF's goal to continue to increase its fundraising in order to ensure that it can provide aid to every deserving applicant and increase the amount of each scholarship.

NCSF’s endowment currently totals $192,000, or approximately $800,000 less than the endowment in neighboring towns. 

“Our goal is to raise over $1,000,000 in order to grow our endowment and have ample funds under management to further assist students in need,” said Bill Egan, chairman of the NCSF.

Donations can be made at the following six levels:

  • Tassel Award, $500 per year for four years
  • Cap & Gown Award, $1,000 per year for four years
  • Diploma Award, $2,500 per year for four years
  • Valedictorian Award, $5,000 per year for four years
  • 50th Anniversary Award, a $10,000 one-time award
  • Named Endowed Awards, totaling $22,500 or more, designed to last in perpetuity or for a designated period of time.
  • General scholarship donations in any amount.

Donations can be made online at or by mail at NCHS Scholarship Foundation, New Canaan High School, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT 06840. Checks should be made payable to New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation.

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