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Geneva Scholarship Associates Recognized

More than 100 community members and students gathered at the annual Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) dinner to honor this year’s recipients and to celebrate the GSA’s 45th anniversary.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Vice President of Advancement Bob O’Connor, who spoke both about the GSA’s importance not only to students but to the longstanding relationship between the city and the Colleges.

President Mark D. Gearan thanked supporters of both GSA and the Colleges and said he takes “comfort in the innovation of the people in this room and the hundreds of other members of the greater Geneva community who are doing something extraordinary. In supporting scholarships for local students to attend your local college, you are investing in the future of the Colleges, in the future of Geneva, and in the future of every young man and woman who receives a GSA scholarship.”

Since its inception in 1968, the Geneva Scholarship Associates has enabled nearly 200 students from Geneva to attend the Colleges. During the 2012-13 academic year, 36 students from Geneva attended the Colleges and were provided with $724,932 in institutional funding.

“This city and these Colleges are a place where young people have the opportunity to take advantage of their own potential,” said long-time GSA supporter Stuart Piltch ’82, P ’11. “If you cannot find the resources on your own, they will find you.”

Steve Dougherty ’13, a 2009 GSA scholarship recipient, recalled his first impressions of the Colleges. “I really liked it here and knew it was a place where I wouldn’t be lost in the crowd. I also love Geneva. It’s a city with a small community feel, one that is moving in a very positive direction.”

“The GSA has made this experience possible for me,” said Dougherty, who was encouraged to apply to Hobart by fellow GSA recipient Maeve Keeton ’12. “It’s an honor I will hold dear for my entire life, and one that I intend to pay forward.”

This fall, the Colleges will be welcoming a talented and dedicated group of GSA scholars to campus. They include the president and vice president of the Geneva High School class of 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors, National Honor Society members, PAWS mentors, and award-winning athletes.

The recipients of GSA scholarships from the Classes of 2017 are:

Michael Doeblin ’17, recipient of the Robert R. Freeman Endowed GSA Scholarship

Malorie Maher ’17, recipient of the June W. Kuryla Endowed GSA Scholarship

Brian Tosado-Prater ’17, recipient of the Jack Houston GSA Endowed Scholarship

Sean Cunningham ’17, recipient of the Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan GSA Endowed Scholarship

Isiah Grady ‘17, recipient of the GSA Endowed Scholarship.

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