Queensbury Community Scholarship Association

Our mission is to assist and encourage Queensbury High School students to pursue higher education and build a stronger community and school partnership.

2022 AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to all of our award winners!  The QCSA wishes you the very best future!

The QCSA are the stewards of 31 memorial scholarships as well as 6 honorary scholarships.

Eric W. Ackner Scholarship

Marcia B. Austin Memorial Scholarship

Katie Beadnell Memorial Scholarship

Katie Beadnell Memorial Scholarship

Michelle Bennett Memorial Scholarship

Gerard R. Bilodeau Memorial Scholarship

Kim Chase Memorial Scholarship

Nesbert R. And Thea Dehoney Memorial Scholarship

Peter T. Donnelly Memorial Scholarship

Peter T. Donnelly Memorial Scholarship

Peter T. Donnelly Memorial Scholarship

Peter T. Donnelly Memorial Scholarship

John and Tina Dwyer Family Memorial Scholarship

John and Tina Dwyer Family Memorial Scholarship

Patrick R. Eppedico Memorial Scholarship

Grace Foote Memorial Scholarship

Grace Foote Memorial Scholarship

Raymond G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Raymond G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Sara Gryga Memorial Scholarship

Jonathan Joyce Memorial Scholarship

Adam Sweeney Memorial Scholarship

MacKenna Keys
Eric W. Ackner Scholarship

This scholarship is given in honor of Eric W. Ackner, graduate of Queensbury High School, Class of 2014. This scholarship is given to a senior student who thinks “outside of the box”, celebrates different ways of learning, respects others, and is internally aware that we all have special talents, uniqueness and abilities to share with each other in a positive and lasting manner.

 

Alexis Lord
Marcia B. Austin Memorial Scholarship

Marcia B. Austin worked in the Queensbury Elementary School for many years and, upon her retirement, was elected as a member of the Queensbury Board of Education where she served for several years.

Mackenzie Geertgens
Katie Beadnell Memorial Scholarship

Katie Beadnell was a member of the Class of 2007 and her class established this fund in her memory. Katie was actively involved in dance, Girl Scouts, and she wished to pursue a career in journalism.

Mackenzie Steves
Katie Beadnell Memorial Scholarship

Katie Beadnell was a member of the Class of 2007 and her class established this fund in her memory. Katie was actively involved in dance, Girl Scouts, and she wished to pursue a career in journalism.

Brigid Duffy
Michelle Bennett Memorial Scholarship

The Queensbury School community lost one of its finest teachers this year with the tragic passing of Michelle Bennett, beloved Middle School English Teacher and department chairperson for many years. In addition to passionately encouraging students in the classroom, Michelle was also a dedicated coach, motivating and inspiring young women in sports. She was a fervent advocate for her students and an ardent leader to her colleagues. This memorial was created by faculty members to honor and highlight a student who embodies strong leadership skills in combination with outstanding moral character.

The QCSA was proud to select Brigid Duffy as the 1st recipient of the Michelle Bennett Memorial Scholarship. Brigid attributes much of her development at QHS to her participation in athletics and said, “I learned communication, responsibility, accountability and most importantly confidence” as a student athlete. Athletics is where she also made lifelong friendships and developed her leadership skills in the role of team captain in three sports; soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Brigid plans to combine her interests in math and science as she begins her studies next year at the United States Military Academy West Point. The QCSA wishes her the very best in her future pursuits!

Kate Allen
Gerard R. Bilodeau Memorial Scholarship

New this year is the Gerard R. Bilodeau Memorial Scholarship, established by family and friends after his passing in 2021. Gerry grew up in this region and went to the University of Connecticut on a full basketball scholarship where he majored in economics. Upon graduation, he returned to work at Glens Falls National Bank, moving through the ranks and retiring after 40 years as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Gerry’s volunteer activities included the American Red Cross, United Way, Saint Alphonsus, Saint Mary’s and Saint Paul’s Churches, as well as serving as Corporate Secretary on the board of Arrow Financial Corporation. However, what he is best known for at QCSA is being one of the founding members of our organization, known in 1990 as Queensbury Dollars for Scholars. He served on the board for 15 years as the group’s treasurer and rumor has it that he never missed a meeting! Although Gerry was tall in stature, standing at 6’9”, he was a quiet and unassuming man, always a gentleman, a good listener, hard working, dedicated, had a talent for analyzing a situation, and, when he spoke, his words had great value. In retirement, Gerry was often seen at the YMCA or riding his bike throughout this region. The first recipient of the Gerald R. Bilodeau Memorial Scholarship goes to Kate Allen.

Kate enjoyed her time as a Varsity Volleyball player, becoming undefeated Foothills Council Champions two years in a row and giving back each year through the Power of Pink tournament, which raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research. Kate was a member of the High School Chamber Orchestra since the 8th grade and served as the group’s Secretary. Her job working with children at the Queensbury Parks and Recreation Department solidified her decision to become a Physical Education teacher. You will find Kate this fall at Coastal Carolina University studying Physical Education and Exercise Science. The QCSA wishes you the very best with your future endeavors!

Anna Bearor
Kim Chase Memorial Scholarship

Kim Chase was a member of the Class of 1989 who obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Therapy from The College of Saint Rose. Shortly after her college graduation, she died tragically in an automobile accident. This year’s recipient of the Kim Chase Memorial Scholarship is Anna Bearor.

Anna has been a member of the Varsity Swim team since the 7th grade and is the holder of 3 school records – the 200 IM, the 100 Fly, and the 100 Backstroke. As a member of the Teen Advocacy Group (TAG), Anna enjoyed collaborating with the group to create a video against distracted driving which won the group $5000. Anna claims her favorite subject in school was AP Calculus. With plans to study Engineering at Old Dominion University this fall, she hopes to solve some of the world’s everyday problems. The QCSA wishes you the very best, Anna!

Julia Montuori
Nesbert R.  and Thea Dehoney Memorial Scholarship

Nesbert DeHoney was a high school math teacher and department chair for many years. Nes coached several sports over three decades. Thea, his wife, was a physical education teacher for many years at area school districts, including the BOCES Adult Education Programs and the women’s adult swim and volleyball leagues. This year’s recipient of the Nesbert R. And Thea DeHoney Memorial Scholarship is Julia Montuori.

Julia was a dedicated musician, playing the cello in the high school Chamber Orchestra, Saratoga Youth Orchestra, as well as participating in All-County and NYSSMA festivals. During the pandemic, she and a group of friends even made video recordings of their music to share with senior citizens at local nursing homes. Julia plans to continue playing the cello at the University of Buffalo while she studies Math. Congratulations and best of luck to you from the QCSA!

Henry Campopiano
Jonathan Joyce Memorial Scholarship

This first year scholarship is given by the QHS Class of 1991 in honor of their classmate, Jonathan Joyce, who tragically lost his life in a car accident in February of his junior year. Jonathan’s life was full of care and compassion for his fellow classmates and so many others. He loved the musical arts and excelled at playing the clarinet and the piano. He also had a deep interest in computers, and loved competing as a member of the cross country running and ski teams. His father, Richard Joyce (RJ), served as an admired faculty member at QHS for over 30 years and also held a special bond with the Class of 1991 as one of their advisors. The 1st recipient of the Jonathan Joyce Memorial Scholarship went to Henry Campopiano.

Henry was often found after school in the Robotics Lab working on his VEX team’s robot. Qualifying for States each year in high school, Henry was proud to get a bid to the VEX Robotics World Championships this year in Dallas, Texas. Henry is an Eagle Scout and quotes from the Scout’s Oath of Law, “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent”, and he identifies most with “a scout is helpful.” Henry was a Cross Country Runner, Nordic Skier, and played Tuba and Clarinet at QHS. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College in the fall. Best of luck to you Henry from the QCSA!

Liam Jones
Adam Sweeney Memorial Scholarship

The Adam Sweeney Memorial Scholarship was established this year by his teacher, Lisa Higley, after his sudden passing in December 2021. Adam was known for his humor, his smile, his laugh, and his overall loving nature. He radiated warmth, happiness, and love into so many lives throughout his short 18 years with us. Adam loved spending time with his family, watching wrestling, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, and attending car races. During his time in the hospital, Adam wanted nothing more than to return home, not only to his family and pets, but to school. He loved learning new things, sharing his ideas with individuals he cared about, and meeting new people. It was these desires that molded and encompassed Adam’s identity – passion, love, care, and genuine happiness. This scholarship celebrates a Queensbury Spartan, who encapsulates a true love of life and possesses a kind and open heart, much like that of Adam. The first recipient of the Adam Sweeney Memorial scholarship went to his “Best Buddy,” Liam Jones.

Liam was a Varsity Tennis player, serving as Captain his Senior year, and was very proud to be part of the Section 2 Championship win in 2021. He also ran Cross Country, receiving the Jonathan Joyce Teammate Award in 2021. Liam actively participated in Key Club, holding the position of President his Senior year and adds, “It meant so much to be able to give back to something that shaped my high school experience and to continue serving my community with my peers.” Liam also dedicated a lot of time to Best Buddies throughout his 4 years at QHS. Liam can be found this fall at the University at Buffalo with plans to study Physics. Best of luck to you Liam from the QCSA!

Allyson Eicher
John and Tina Dwyer Family Memorial Scholarship

In 2016, after the passing of John Dwyer, his children amended the scholarship named for their mother, Tina Dwyer, to include both parents. The Dwyer family have always been strong supporters of the Queensbury School District and the Queensbury School soccer program. John Dwyer served with the Queensbury Board of Education, Dollars for Scholars, Senior Citizens, and many area youth soccer organizations. The John and Tina Dwyer Family Memorial Scholarship was presented this year to Allyson Eicher and Jude Jordi-Donnelly. Please click open their photos to learn more about them.

Allyson rates soccer as her most valuable activity in high school and adds, “Soccer has helped me grow my leadership skills as a captain and my mental and physical confidence.” Her fondest memories in high school were created on the soccer team, especially when they won the Section II Title. Allyson believes the IB program at QHS helped to prepare her academically for college and was integral to forming her closest friendships. Allyson will be attending Penn State University in the fall with plans to prepare for a career in the Health Sciences and also hopes to use her Spanish to take advantage of their study abroad program. Best of luck to you Allyson from the QCSA!

Jude Jordi-Donnelly
John and Tina Dwyer Family Memorial Scholarship

In 2016, after the passing of John Dwyer, his children amended the scholarship named for their mother, Tina Dwyer, to include both parents. The Dwyer family have always been strong supporters of the Queensbury School District and the Queensbury School soccer program. John Dwyer served with the Queensbury Board of Education, Dollars for Scholars, Senior Citizens, and many area youth soccer organizations. The John and Tina Dwyer Family Memorial Scholarship was presented this year to Allyson Eicher and Jude Jordi-Donnelly. Please click open their photos to learn more about them.

Jude has been a proud member of the Queensbury Soccer program since the 7th grade, serving as team captain at various levels and adds, “I hope that I have left a positive impact on my teammates and inspired them to continue playing the same way that my older teammates inspired me.” Jude greatly valued his time writing movie reviews for the Spartan Scoop, as well as being an active member of the Media Production club. He has Mrs. Vartuli to thank for the countless opportunities she gave him to work his craft, creating videos for the school and local businesses, and even a job as a videographer for a wedding. Jude will be studying at Hofstra University this fall with plans to pursue a BFA in Filmmaking with a minor in French. Best of luck to you Jude from the QCSA!

Kirsten Dingman
Patrick R. Eppedico Memorial Scholarship

Patrick Eppedico moved to Queensbury following his retirement as a New York City Police Officer. The Patrick R. Eppedico scholarship was established by his wife, Ann, who worked in the Queensbury High School Attendance Office for several years. His daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and James Cirillo, have been music educators in our district for many years. This year’s recipient of the Patrick R. Eppedico Memorial Scholarship is Kirsten Dingman. 

Kirsten says that music has always held a significant meaning in her life. She has been an intricate member of the school’s jazz band, playing the tenor saxophone, a member of the school’s select acapella group, The Madrigals, and has participated in numerous theater productions during her time at QHS. Kirsten has enjoyed volunteering with her family with “Hometown Thanksgiving” in Glens Falls, delivering meals and enjoying seeing less fortunate people’s faces light up with each delivery. Kirsten has plans to study English at Skidmore College this fall. The QCSA wishes you the very best!

Caden Hanley
Raymond G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Raymond Gordon served 28 years on the Queensbury Board of Education, including 5 years as Board president. He established policies, set educational goals, evaluated programs, and developed budgets for Queensbury Schools. His efforts, along with those of fellow Board members, ensured countless opportunities for students to explore their passions in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts. He remained a tireless advocate for students, even as learning standards, instructional technology, and state and federal priorities changed dramatically. In addition, he received numerous awards from the New York State School Board Association for leadership. This year’s recipients of the Raymond G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship are Caden Hanley and Cassidy Ray.

Caden enjoyed giving back to his community by volunteering with his father at Queensbury Central Fire Co., cleaning fire trucks and tools, rolling up the hoses, and getting the trucks back into service and into their bays. He was the recipient of the Student SpotLight Award for his photography during his Junior year, his teacher saying he was chosen for his work ethic, respect, and positivity that helped to set a standard for others in the class . As a member of the basketball team, Caden learned about teamwork and perseverance and formed bonds with coaches and teammates that were significantly valuable to him. You will find Caden at SUNY Adirondack this fall, where he plans to study Business Administration. The QCSA wishes you the very best!

Cassidy Ray
Raymond G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Raymond Gordon served 28 years on the Queensbury Board of Education, including 5 years as Board president. He established policies, set educational goals, evaluated programs, and developed budgets for Queensbury Schools. His efforts, along with those of fellow Board members, ensured countless opportunities for students to explore their passions in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts. He remained a tireless advocate for students, even as learning standards, instructional technology, and state and federal priorities changed dramatically. In addition, he received numerous awards from the New York State School Board Association for leadership. This year’s recipients of the Raymond G. Gordon Memorial Scholarship are Caden Hanley and Cassidy Ray.

Cassidy was a dedicated 3 sport athlete, participating in Soccer, Basketball, and Softball. Her proudest moment on the field, making QHS history her Senior year, was when the soccer team won Sectionals. “Working so hard towards a goal and being able to achieve it with some of my best friends alongside me was the best feeling I could ask for.” In the off season, she was involved in travel club athletics. Cassidy is excited to pursue a career in Business and has plans to continue her education at Coastal Carolina in South Carolina.  The QCSA wishes you the very best!

Caroline Garrelts
Sara Gryga Memorial Scholarship

Sara Gryga was a member of the class of 2005 and passed away the summer following her high school graduation after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was a devoted member of the yearbook editorial staff and loved to write. This year’s recipient of the Sara Gryga Memorial Scholarship is Caroline Garrelts. Caroline is a proud and active member of the Key Club, NHS, and Yearbook. As a 4 year member of the Tennis team, she fought hard every year to maintain her spot on the team and says that is where she learned about responsibility and determination. Caroline also values the lessons she learned at her job as a barista at Bicotti Brothers in Lake George. This fall, Caroline will be studying at SUNY Oneonta and is currently undecided on her major. The QCSA wishes you the very best with your academic pursuits!