On Monday, June 5, the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) will award three academically and financially deserving Geneva High School seniors with endowed scholarships to support their education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Quinn Eighmey ’21, Angel Ochoa Palma ’21 and Mark Suchewski ’21 join more than 20 GSA scholars currently attending HWS with assistance from the organization.
“One of the great strengths of Geneva is the willingness of so many people to come together to support worthy causes, and there is no more worthy cause than the education of children,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “In supporting scholarships for local students to attend a local college, Geneva community members are investing in the future of Hobart and William Smith, in the future of Geneva and in the future of every young man and woman who receives a GSA scholarship. For nearly 50 years, this innovative scholarship program has sent students to Hobart and William Smith, and the Colleges and Geneva are a better place as a result.”
Since its inception in 1968, the community-driven organization has provided scholarship assistance to more than 165 students. As the GSA approaches its 50th year of providing students of promise access to one of the best undergraduate liberal arts educations in the country, the GSA Board plans to grow the endowment from$1.9M to $2 million.
Eighmey, a member of the National Honor Society, is vice president of Rotary Interact Club, captain of the lacrosse and soccer teams, drum major with the marching and concert band, and a participant in the Geneva Relay for Life. A member of the Link Crew, he works as a vineyard assistant at a local winery.
Ochoa Palma is co-captain/pitcrew captain for the robotics team, chair of the Festival of Nations, vice president of Rotary Interact Club and co-captain of the cross country team. He is a former chemistry lab assistant and works at a local car dealership.
A member of the National Honor Society and three year varsity captain of the Geneva High School football team, Suchewski is vice president of Rotary Interact Club and volunteers for the Cubby Chase 5K, Italian Festival and Geneva Relay for Life. The former junior class president and Boys’ State participant is employed by a business in downtown Geneva.
“Quinn, Angel and Mark could not be more deserving of the Geneva Scholarship,” says Colleges’ Director of Admissions John Young. “Each has impressive academics, community service, extracurricular and work experience. We look forward to welcoming them to the Classes of 2021, and all that they will accomplish during their time at the Colleges and beyond.”
“In the past five years, the Colleges have awarded 34 Geneva seniors with GSA Scholarship dollars,” says GSA Board President Sarah Wethey Heieck, a 1997 graduate of William Smith. “During the 2015-16 academic year, there were 25 GSA scholars on campus. These 25 students received GSA scholarship totaling $107,000. Next year, our GSA scholars are projected to receive nearly $112,000 in GSA funding and nearly $1.4 million in total financial aid.”
Heieck transferred to the Colleges as a sophomore with the help of a GSA scholarship. “I had such an amazing experience at HWS, and I want to help others have access to the same opportunity,” she says. “For nearly 50 years the GSA/HWS partnership has grown, and today it is one of many collaborative efforts that underscore the significant relationship between the Geneva community and the Colleges.”
This year’s GSA donor ceremony will be held at the L. Thomas Melly ’52 Lobby in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, where Eighmey, Ochoa Palma and Suchewski will be recognized for accomplishments and have an opportunity to meet GSA’s Board of Directors and the members of the Geneva community who are supporting them.