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.
JANICE PIERCE AWARD
This award recognizes a student who possesses the qualities of service and dedication as demonstrated by the life work of Mrs. Pierce and other past presidents of the RYC. It is presented to a senior who has exhibited exceptional community service.
DEANE 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 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.
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 recognizes 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.
RYE YOUTH COUNCIL AWARD
This award is presented to a high school senior who had made significant contributions to the Rye Youth Council through participation in our programs.
SUZANNE C. MURPHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Presented in memory of Suzanne Murphy, a longtime supporter of the RYC,this award recognizes a senior who courageously accepted challenges and used his/her inner strength to move forward graciously and be of service to others.
SEPTEMBER 11th AWARD
This award pays particular tribute to those victims of the World Trade Center tragedy who lived or attended school in Rye. It recognizes a student who had demonstrated a true commitment to community, an understanding of sacrifice, and has shown a dedication to making a difference in the lives of others.
FEFFI STIASSNI AWARD
This award was established in honor of Feffi, a highly creative Rye student who used her outstanding energy level and positive approach to life to help others. It is presented to a senior who has demonstrated exceptional creativity and caring for others.
THE KARENA SOMERVILLE AWARD
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 award established in Karena’s memory to recognize a senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of communications and community service.
LORRAINE LEVINSON SPEAK OUT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
This award honors Ms. Levinson, who worked tirelessly for the RYC and the children of Rye. It is presented to a senior who consistently demonstrates a commitment to Social Justice by speaking out on behalf of individuals and groups that are mistreated or excluded.
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.
THE GAIL HARRISON ROMAN/RYE ARTS CENTER AWARD
This award is given to a senior who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the creative arts at school or in the community, and for whom the creative arts have contributed to his/her educational experience.
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.
This award recognizes a senior who has demonstrated active, consistent and dedicated involvement in their local senior communities, enriching the lives both of high school seniors and those seniors who have long since graduated.
Rye Youth Council Awards 2017
Janice C. Pierce Award
Deane Flood Spirit Award
Dick Murdoch Legacy Award
Rye Youth Council Award
Suzanne C. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Award
September 11th Memorial Award
Feffi Stiassni Memorial Award
Karena Somerville Award
Lorraine Levinson Speak Out For Social Justice Award
The Gail Harrison Roman/Rye Arts Center Award
Woof Haneman/Rye YMCA Scholarship Award