In June, HWS students, graduates, parents, Geneva Scholarship Associates board members and other community members gathered to celebrate the 42nd year of Geneva Scholarship Associates. At the time, GSA Scholarship recipients Allauna Overstreet Gibson’14 and Alex Love’14 were announced, as well as recipients of the Robert R. Freeman and June W. Kuryla scholarship, first-years Marshall Keeton and Kyle Bunce. Last week, the Finger Lakes Times caught up with Overstreet now that she’s had some time to settle into her new role as a William Smith student.
At the celebration of this year’s scholarship recipients, Colleges President Mark D. Gearan explained, “What began in 1968 with a small group of community members has provided assistance to nearly 200 students to date. As colleges and universities struggle with the daunting task of balancing budgets, providing scholarship and financial aid to deserving students from diminished endowments, we recognize that the partnership between the Geneva Community and the Colleges is a remarkable and valuable one. We are truly grateful to all of you who continue to make the education of Geneva’s talented youth a charitable priority each year.”
By supporting GSA, alumni, alumnae, parents, friends and businesses help make it possible for Geneva’s best to build a future by attending the Colleges. GSA scholarships are awarded to financially deserving and academically-minded incoming first year students from the greater Geneva area. The students receive the GSA award each year for the four years they attend Hobart and William Smith. Over the past 40 years generous businesses and individuals have built GSA’s endowment to more than $1 million providing approximately $50,000 in annual scholarship support.
Overstreet graduated from Geneva High School as the senior class vice president and member of the varsity singers. She was an active participant for the volleyball, track and basketball teams and received the MVP award in volleyball her junior year. She has volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club and Musselman clean-up. According to the Finger Lakes Times, “A business she created for the Geneva High Young Entrepreneurs Academy also received the largest award of any company presented at the inaugural investors panel, $1,500.”
Fellow scholarship recipient Love is a lifelong resident of Geneva who graduated from the Salisbury School. He spent three years at Geneva High School where he earned All-County honors in both hockey and lacrosse. He was named captain in both hockey and golf and participated in the New York State Empire State games in lacrosse for the Western Region.
Keaton graduated from Geneva High School as a Hobart and William Smith Presidential Service Scholar. He was an active participant of the swim team, band, film and theatre club. He is a dedicated cyclist and placed 1st in his division for the Mussleman Triathlon in 2008. He also achieved the honor of Eagle Scout in 2007. Keaton is employed at the Geneva Historical Society, Seneca Yacht Club, and Finger Lakes Ramble staff. His career goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Bunce graduated from Geneva High School in the top third of his class and earned a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Bunce earned his Eagle Scout award with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 in Geneva. He has an exemplary record of school citizenship and a strong work ethic, demonstrated in both football and Taekwondo.
The full article about Overstreet follows.
The Finger Lakes Times
Genevan ‘grateful’ for scholarship
Fund gives deserving local students help to attend HWS
Sean McCracken • October 6, 2010
GENEVA – With the school year getting into full swing, one of this year’s Geneva Scholarship Associates scholars is starting to settle into her spot at William Smith College. Allauna Overstreet- Gibson, a 2010 graduate of Geneva High School, said Hobart and William Smith Colleges weren’t necessarily her “first choice” because she wanted to get out of Geneva, but the opportunity presented to her when the GSA offered her a scholarship tipped the scales.
“I’m just grateful because I don’t have what other people have,” Overstreet-Gibson said. Overstreet-Gibson comes into the Colleges already active in the community and in her academics. A three-sport athlete, she also was senior class president at Geneva High in 2009-10, a member of the varsity singers and a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Clubs and Musselman. A business she created for the Geneva High Young Entrepreneurs Academy also received the largest award of any company presented at the inaugural investors panel, $1,500.
Overstreet-Gibson is just one of the latest in a line of hundreds of students from Geneva who have received scholarships from the GSA over the past 42 years. This year’s other recipients include Alex Love and Robert R. Freeman and June W. Kuryla scholarship winners Marshall Keeton and Kyle Bunce.
The GSA offers financial help to “financially deserving and academically minded” students from Geneva who are enrolling at the Colleges to the tune of about $50,000 a year.
Overstreet Gibson is still undeclared about her major but is considering pursuing either music, education or both. She said that while she initially chose HWS for financial reasons, she’s already enjoying her college experience more than her friends who traveled away from home.
“Being here is so much fun,” Overstreet-Gibson said. It has been a bit of a culture shock, she said, because of how different many of her fellow students’ backgrounds are from hers, especially in a particular woman’s studies course where she was stunned by how little contact many of them had had with differing cultures prior to coming to college.
“Most of [the other students] went to boarding school,” Overstreet-Gibson said, laughing. “I’ve been in public school my entire life.”
Earlier this year, the GSA unveiled a new scholarship, the Mark and Mary Herlihy Gearan Leadership through Service Endowed Scholarship. Named in honor of the Colleges’ president and his wife, the award is meant to recognize the Gearans’ commitment to community service.