Eight college students in East Hampton Village have been awarded $750 scholarships each from the Village Tuition Assistance Program—a result of a $100,000 donation made in 2005 by an anonymous village resident, according to Village Administrator Becky Molinaro.
The money is earmarked for the children of full-time village employees, who must be enrolled as full-time students at their respective colleges.
This year, Alexa and Andrew Bennett, Curran Brierley, Lauren Downs, Kevin Duchemin Jr., Chelsea and Evan Larsen, and Andrew Payne were awarded the scholarships based on applications they completed. The village reviews the applications and approves them each year by August 1, Ms. Molinaro said.
“It’s a really nice program and a very generous gift from this resident,” she said, explaining that she doesn’t know who the donor is. “This person felt they wanted to help the kids of employees, which is a wonderful gesture and a nice thing that you want to talk about.”
She said a few years ago, each scholarship was $500, but the board voted in 2005 to increase the amount to $750. Since 2006, there have been 87 scholarships given out.
East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen, whose children, Chelsea and Evan, scored scholarships this year, said he is grateful for the help. “I think it will help with the cost of college—it’s a huge help because it pays for their books for the semester,” he said. “It’s a very nice benefit.”
Evan is a freshman at the University of Central Florida, majoring in business, and Chelsea is a junior at Elon University in North Carolina, studying international business. This is her third year receiving the scholarship.
Sergeant Kevin J. Duchemin of the Village Police said his son, Kevin Duchemin Jr., will certainly benefit from the scholarship.
“The amount will assist with tuition and books for my son, Kevin Jr.,” he said. “I think it’s very nice that East Hampton Village has set up such a program for the children of village employees.”
Kevin Jr. is in his sophomore year at Suffolk Community College, majoring in criminal justice. Although this is his first time receiving the village scholarship, he has in the past received scholarships from the Sag Harbor Fire Department and the Jordan Haerter Initiative Scholarship.