Scholarship / Awards
RYE Youth Council Scholarships
Applications for the Rye Youth Council Awards can be obtained through the Rye High School or Rye Country Day School Guidance departments.
FEFFI STIASSNI AWARD
This award of approximately $1,000 is in memory of an outstanding creative student. The honoree will be someone who has demonstrated creativity and caring for others.
To apply, the applicants must complete an essay describing their involvement in an activity which has enhanced their self-worth. A résumé must also be attached.
JANICE PIERCE AWARD
This award is open to students who have exhibited exceptional community service. The award of $300 was established by the Rye Hospital Center to honor Janice Pierce's contributions to young people and the City of Rye.
RYE YOUTH COUNCIL AWARD
This award of $500 is presented to a high school senior who has made significant contributions to the Rye Youth Council, i.e. Student Awareness Club, Adopt a Grandfriend, Educational Workshops, Youth Council Players, Wildside, Diversity Workshops, Ropes Course Activity Days or has had involvement in working on any of its programs with the high school Youth Advocate, Casey Carlucci DeCola.
DEANE H. FLOOD SPIRIT AWARD
This award recognizes a senior who exhibits his/her dedication to Rye High School through school spirit, personal growth and community involvement as demonstrated by visible leadership or behind-the-scenes dependability. The $500 award is a tribute to Deane H. Flood, longtime Rye Youth Council Board member and Rye High School Principal (1977-1991). Mr. Flood believed that the high school years provided an invaluable arena for young adults to develop the skills they need for lifelong learning.
THE KARENA SOMERVILLE SCHOLARSHIP
Karena Somerville was a 1964 graduate of Rye High School who worked in the field of communications. She was very active in community service. The scholarship of $250 will be given to a student entering a communications field who has a strong high school background in any of the communications fields; i.e., theater, journalism, Zephyr, yearbook. To apply, write a short paragraph on future plans in this field during college and after college.
SEPTEMBER 11th AWARD
This award is presented to a senior who has demonstrated a true commitment to community, a clear understanding of sacrifice and a dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. A scholarship of $500 will be provided. Students may be selected through the common application, be recommended by teachers, guidance counselors, or the Youth Advocate. A senior applicant must submit a brief statement and complete the common application.
DICK MURDOCH LEGACY AWARD
The Reverend Richard Murdoch was dedicated to the youth of Rye and left an important legacy for our future generations. He saw our youth as “works in progress”, recognized their limitless potential and imparted to them wisdom & inspiration to encourage their personal growth and education of their minds and spirits. This award of $500 sponsored by the Rye Youth Council will recognize a senior who has integrated Dr. Murdoch’s legacy into service to their school and community by working to become better at whatever they choose to do, showing a steady vision for the future, and by remaining open to new opportunities and experiences.
LAURA STEED VAN STEEN AWARD
This award is given to a Rye Country Day Student who has reached out to teach and help others, particularly academically, in memory of Laura Steed Van Steen who was deeply committed to teaching, educating and helping others.
WOOF HANEMAN/RYE YMCA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This award is in memory of longtime Rye Resident, Woof Haneman and is awarded to a senior who has been involved with the YMCA and has been active in the school and community.
LORRAINE LEVINSON SPEAK OUT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
This award would recognize a Rye Community Senior who has consistently demonstrated a commitment toward Social Justice. The criteria include: someone who has consistently spoken out on behalf of individuals and groups that are mistreated or excluded; someone who has been an active participant in at least one (preferably more than one) Social Justice extracurricular activity in which the main purpose is the empowerment of disenfranchised people; someone who is viewed by his/her teachers, mentors, and peers as an individual who is passionate about Human Rights; someone who has worked to reduce social
inequalities within the community of Rye.
SUZANNE C. MURPHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This award recognizes a Rye High School or Rye Country Day School senior who has courageously accepted personal challenges and used his/her inner strength to graciously move forward. The development of personal character has led the recipient to service of others. The recipient understands the art of listening and recognizes and encourages that potential in others. Suzanne Murphy was a longtime friend of the Rye Youth Council who passed away in 2011.
RYE Youth Council Awards 2012
Feffi Stiassni Memorial Award
Sophie Hessekiel, Scott O'Brien
Janice C. Pierce Award
Catherine Cole, Wilson Hunt
Rye Youth Council Award
Karena Somerville Memorial Award
September 11th Memorial Award
Deane Flood Spirit Award
Jeffrey Dempsey, Brigid Lonergan
Dick Murdoch Legacy Award
Laura Steed Van Steen Memorial Award
Woof Haneman/Rye YMCA Scholarship Award
Lorraine Levinson Speak Out For Social Justice Award
Suzanne C. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Award
Erica Baevsky, Alexander Mun