Incoming student Hillary Nason’17 has been named the current recipient of the William and Diane Green P’83, P’87 East Aurora Community Scholarship. The scholarship rewards academic excellence and leadership by providing financial assistance to students from East Aurora High School to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Currently a senior at East Aurora High School, Nason will enter William Smith College in the fall where she plans to pursue a science major and the pre-health program. An event celebrating Nason and other recent scholarship recipients was recently held at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, N.Y. Hosted by HWS Trustee William Green P’83, P’87, the gathering raises awareness of the scholarship and endowed fund. Hobart first-year Josh Kreeger-Smith’16, who was named recipient during last year’s reception, also attended.
“With all three of us looking to start school at the same time, I’ve known for a long time that it would be important for me to get as much financial assistance as possible,” explains Nason, who is a triplet. “This scholarship means so much to me because I received it for being a great student. I appreciate that it recognizes my scholarly accomplishments.”
At East Aurora High School, Nason is a member of the National Honor Society and the donate life club, secretary of the Class of 2013 executive board, ran on the cross country team and played basketball. She ranks in the top four percent of her class at East Aurora and is an active vocalist who plays the violin. She is employed at Tops Friendly Market. Nason has also been named a Trustee Scholar at HWS.
Previous recipients of the William and Diane Green P’83, P’87 East Aurora Community Scholarship include Jonathon Lawless ’13, Jessica Tarantino ’12, Sarah Tarantino ’12 and Elizabeth Vail ’15. They are all from East Aurora. The Tarantinos, the first recipients of the scholarship, graduated from William Smith in May, 2012 and are currently working as credit risk analysts at J.P. Morgan in New York City. Both have recently made contributions to the scholarship fund.
“I couldn’t be more thankful to the Green family for their generosity. The scholarship has not only provided the opportunity for a first class education that has helped me to succeed after graduation, but four years of amazing memories that I will cherish forever,” says Jessica Tarantino. “Giving back to the scholarship was my chance to help the Greens provide another East Aurora student with the opportunity to attend HWS, experience all that it has to offer and fall in love with it, as I have!”
Her sister was similarly motivated by the opportunities she received at HWS. “By giving back to this scholarship, I hope to continue to provide the chance to young men and women from East Aurora to take advantage of the remarkable opportunities that HWS provides and experience the school that has been such an influential part of my life,” she says.
William and Diane have made their home in Aurora, raising their four sons in the town. Given as a 50th wedding anniversary gift to the couple from their sons, William ’83, Kevin, Matthew ’87 and Andrew, the endowed scholarship is an acknowledgement of the profound impact an HWS education had on their sons. William ’83 of Charlotte, N.C., has served as a member of the HWS Board of Trustees since July 2011.
(In the photo above, Nason is flanked by Sharon and William Green.)