On April 29th, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Matthew Wenz, received the 2013 Francis Curley Scholarship from the New Hope Historical Society. On hand to present the award were NHHS president, Dee Dee Bowman, and NHHS Scholarship Committee members, Claire Shaw and Les Isbrandt.
“Matthew Wenz was selected to receive this year’s award on the basis of both his scholastic and community achievements,” said Dee Dee. “In addition, his selection is one that we believe Francis Curley would have agreed with.”
NHHS established the Francis Curley Memorial Scholarship in 2003 to be awarded to a civic-minded New Hope-Solebury High School senior who has displayed excellence in social studies and who is going on to a post-secondary formal education in the field of Social Sciences.
Over the years, NHHS has awarded 11 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: Pictured from left, Les Isbrandt, Claire Shaw, Matthew Wenz, Dee Dee Bowman, and NH-S High School social studies teacher Jon Gonsiewski.