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Jake Perkins awarded scholarship from New Hope Historical Society

On May 22nd, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Jake Perkins, received the 2017 Francis Curley Scholarship from the New Hope Historical Society (NHHS).

On hand to present the award were NHHS Scholarship Committee Chair, Edwin Hild, NHHS Scholarship Committee member and founder, Les Isbrandt, NHHS Executive Director, Deborah Lang and New Hope-Solebury History teacher, Jon Gonsiewski.

“Jake Perkins was selected to receive this year’s award on the basis of both his scholastic and community achievements. In addition, his selection is one that we believe Francis Curley would have agreed with,” said Edwin.

Jake plans to attend Gettysburg College in the fall, with a major in Math and Science/International Relations.

The NHHS established the Francis Curley Memorial Scholarship in 2003 to be awarded to a civic-minded NH-S High School senior who has displayed excellence in Social Studies and who is going on to a post-secondary formal education in the Social Sciences.

For the last 15 years, NHHS has awarded 16 Francis Curley Scholarships to deserving NH-S seniors.

“The scholarship honors Francis Curley’s many outstanding contributions which fostered a greater public appreciation for New Hope’s unique history,” said Les Isbrandt. “His work in the Historical Society and our community will forever be remembered as an excellent model of how one individual can make a lasting impact. Until his death in 2001, Francis Curley was considered New Hope’s premier historian. After serving in the US Army during WWII, he taught history and social studies at the New Hope-Solebury High School from 1957 to 1980. Francis was a member of the Lambertville and Bucks County Historical Societies and was an officer and director of the New Hope Historical Society. He also taught, as a volunteer, at Delaware Valley College.”

PHOTO CAP: From left, Edwin Hild, Jake Perkins, Deborah Lang, Les Isbrandt, and Jon Gonsiewski.