The award was announced during the June 16th graduation ceremony.
New Hope Historical Society President, Frank Policare, said, “Samantha was selected to receive this year’s award based on her community activities, scholastic achievements and her desire to pursue a career in political science.”
Of her many community activities, she was active in a program called Urbane Promise Trenton.
Urbane Promise provides free afternoon and summer camp programs for disadvantaged inner-city children.
She also founded a Pen Pal letter-writing program directed towards senior citizens in our community who needed special companionship during this past year. In the fall, Samantha plans to attend California Polytechnic State University.
The New Hope Historical Society established the Francis Curley 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 broad field of social science.
Over the last 19 years, the NHHS has awarded 20 scholarships to deserving NH-S HS seniors.
“The scholarship honors Francis Curley’s many outstanding contributions to our community which fostered a greater public appreciation for New Hope’s rich and unique history,” Les Isbrandt, Scholarship Committee chair, said.
Francis served as an officer and director of the New Hope Historical Society. He also taught history and social studies at the New Hope-Solebury High School from 1957 to 1980.
PHOTO CAP: Samantha Finch