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The Nebrasky Foundation, which annually awards funds for education, training and assistance for Hudson Valley students who may not fit the traditional four-year college model, has awarded $1,000 scholarships to Michael Babcock and Logan Cossack of Sullivan County, New York.
The Nebrasky Foundation was launched this past spring by Ilene and Paul Nebrasky, with the goal of inspiring and building confidence in young adults during an important decision-making time in their lives. The foundation provides assistance for college, vocational-school training and career and technical education, in addition to as-needed assistance for tools for trade schools, uniforms and transportation, among other items.
Babcock and Cossack, graduates of Tri-Valley High School, are planning career paths in electrical construction and will begin higher education in the fall. Both students received glowing letters of recommendation, were very active in their school and community and will use the funds to offset some costs of schooling.
"This scholarship will help my family and I with the cost of tuition toward my continued learning," said Cossack, who will attend SUNY Delhi in the fall. "Hands-on learning is my strongest learning model, and although my college experience will look different than expected, I will still be able to gain hands-on learning. I am proud to be pursuing a trade. Thank you to The Nebrasky Foundation for continuing to support those going into trades."
The idea for The Nebrasky Foundation came about after Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling lost one of its finest employees, David White, in a tragic accident. "David exemplified the type of individual this foundation aims to assist and strengthen. He was a dedicated hard worker and made a lasting impression with all employees and customers, as he was an integral part of the Nebrasky family," said Paul Nebrasky. "David had on-the-job training to teach him the skills that a program would have provided so that he could have advanced even quicker in his career here. He will be greatly missed and will forever serve as a model for those who this program will embrace to help and guide."
Funds are awarded as a one-time sum, and vary based on need. Applicants, and those selected to receive funding, may reapply for subsequent years.
Applicants must provide a high school transcript or GED equivalent, personal statement and two letters of recommendation. They must also complete a mandatory interview. The selection of award recipients will not be based on income or GPA standing.
To learn more about, or to donate or apply to The Nebrasky Foundation, which has been established through The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, visit www.cfosny.org/our-funds/scholarships/nebrasky-foundation.