Women’s College Scholarship Club announces this year’s SLHS winners

SARANAC LAKE — Six Saranac Lake High School graduates each are receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Women’s College Scholarship Club, for a total contribution of $6,000 to further education in the Saranac Lake community.

The WCSC has been supporting the educational efforts of students for 81 years. Through a variety of fundraising efforts, ranging from cookbooks and quilts to raffles and baked goods, women across the North Country region have volunteered their time and energy not only to support young women and men as they pursue their college studies, but they have also found ways to stimulate the thinking of the community on educational, civic and social topics at monthly meetings and other sponsored events. Across several decades, WCSC has distributed 222 scholarships, including 77 continuing education scholarships for non-traditional students, for a total of $208,765 as of early 2020.

The six Saranac Lake High School seniors’ scholarships are based not only on academic achievement but also on community service, financial need and other factors.

Jacob Adams is the son of Milt and Christine Adams of Lake Clear. He will study mechanical engineering at Clarkson University. He has been working at the Lake Clear Lodge for the past four years. He is a blood donor, is part of the Boy Scouts, and was involved in the National Honor Society, varsity soccer, indoor track, Winter Carnival Court and the Outdoor Club during high school.

Jacob Alberga is the son of Billie Joe Zerrahn and Kris Alberga of Saranac Lake. He will study environmental conservation and sustainability at the University of New Hampshire. He is part of the Boy Scouts and Sunrise Movement, was involved in skiing and track in high school, and has worked at Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters.

Annabelle Bombard-Schmidt is the daughter of Laura Schmidt of Bloomingdale. She will study in the electrical program at SUNY Delhi. She played soccer, softball and hockey, as well as being involved in chorus. She also volunteered at a local soup kitchen, helped people learn to skate, and worked at Donnelly’s Soft Ice Cream and the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.

Rosemary Crowley is the daughter of Peter and Michelle Crowley of Saranac Lake. She will study history at the University of Toronto. She was involved in the National Honor Society, Model UN, Key Club and cross country and was a student school board member during high school. She also volunteered at Red Cross blood drives, participated with the stage crew for Rising Star Productions and worked at Green Goddess Natural Foods.

Sylvan Linck is the daughter of Vannesa Houghtlin and Walter Linck of Saranac Lake. She will study at Middlebury College. She was involved in Student Government, chorus, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Green Storm environmental club, and was captain of both the Nordic skiing and track teams in high school. She also was a volunteer organizer for the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, a member of Sunrise Adirondacks and worked at Dewey Mountain Outdoor Explorers.

Francine Newman is the daughter of Rick and Ava Newman of Bloomingdale. She will study environmental science at Middlebury College. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Youth Climate Summit and voter registration, and in high school she was part of the National Honor Society, the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, Spanish Club and cross country. She has worked at the Whiteface Lodge, Nori’s and the Fiddlehead Bistro.

Club members would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who have supported the WCSC fundraising efforts that make these scholarships possible.

The club will not meet in person until further notice, but WCSC members hope to continue the work of raising funds for high school and continuing education students.

New members and donations are always welcome. For more information, call 518-637-9575, or mail donations to P.O Box 343, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983.


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