Zachary Felder ’18 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. An event celebrating Felder and recent recipients will take place on Thursday, April 24, at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, N.Y. Hosted by HWS Trustee William Green ’83, the gathering raises awareness of the scholarship and endowed fund.
Currently a senior at East Aurora High School, Felder is first in his class of 165 students. He is captain of the golf team, and is an active member of the Model UN and student government. Felder also plays principal viola in the school orchestra and has formed a string quartet with other principal players who perform around East Aurora. Outside of school, he serves as a tour guide at the Roycroft National Historic Landmark.
He was also recently chosen for First Team honors on Business First’s 2014 All-Western New York Academic Team, designating him one of the 25 most outstanding high-school seniors in all of Western New York this year. According to Business First, “The Academic Team is designed to spotlight students who pursue excellence both in and out of the classroom.” Felder was selected for his record of academic achievement, school leadership and community involvement.
Felder, who has also been named a Trustee Scholar at HWS, enrolled Early Decision to Hobart College and will enter in the fall. He hopes to pursue a major in architectural studies and is interested in philosophy. He was drawn to the Colleges after visiting eight other schools, including architectural schools.
“Many of the architectural schools wanted you to be committed right away to designing buildings; you spend 75 percent of your studies focusing on that,” explains Felder. “I liked that Hobart came up as one of the best colleges for architecture in a number of rankings, but that I can also pursue other interests.”
Having first visited HWS as a junior, “Just to see what college life was like,” Felder returned in his senior year after not finding a school that resonated with him. “The whole vibe I got at HWS was incredible. I spent an hour walking around with Assistant Professor Jeffrey Blankenship, sat in on his class and met other faculty in the art and architecture department. Walking away I told my family I was going to apply Early Decision.”
Previous recipients of the William and Diane Green P’83, P’87 East Aurora Community Scholarship include Hillary Nason ’17, Joshua Kreeger-Smith ’16, Elizabeth Vail ’15, Jonathon Lawless ’13, Jessica Tarantino ’12, and Sarah Tarantino ’12. They are all from East Aurora.
“I am so thankful to the Green family and the Colleges for providing the funding to make a really good school affordable,” says Felder.
William and Diane Green 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, Felder stands with HWS Associate Director of Admissions Rebecca Arnold and his parents, Eileen and David Felder.