EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - 13 deserving college students received some much needed financial aid on Sunday, 22News found out a local church helped raised the money.
Easthampton Congregational Church awarded 13 college students $40,000 in academic scholarships on "Children's Sunday."
"I love being an active member and I love how they are supporting of my education, as well," said Stepahnie Kubiack, award recipient.
The Clinton Burt Scholarship was created 5 years ago, "Clinton Burt was a longtime Easthampton Congregational member and a very generous person. He set this up this endowment fund, scholarship fund, specifically for these young people, to go on and achieve great things," said Greg Rolland, chair of endowment committee.
"Continue to go to school for my nursing degree and this scholarship has been such a big help for me and my family over the past few years," Kubiack continued.
Most of the recipients received this award in previous years, but this year two new recipients received scholarships for the first time. Candidates are chosen by a committee that reviews applications, searching for the most deserving student.
Qualified candidates must demonstrate strong leadership skills, community involvement, and be active church members.
"Our church really believes in the power of education and we're really just thrilled to be able to award our students these scholarships today," said Rev. Sherry Tucker.
Burt was a 6th generation dairy farmer in Easthampton, who was committed to education. He wanted to give the church a lasting gift, to help fellow parishioners pursue a higher education.