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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

The Friends of Connetquot Scholarship

The Friends of Connetquot are pleased to announce their scholarship for high school junior and senior students for 2013.  One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a local student.  We are happy to invest in the education of the young people in our community as we aim to encourage them to value and help preserve Long Island’s open spaces and cultural history.

2009-10 FOC Scholarship Winners
Jennifer and Megan Wilvert receiving their FOC scholarships from FOC Chairman Bob Labuski.

Interested qualified students are urged to apply.  Scholarship eligibility requirements include:

  • The student must be a Town of Islip resident
  • The student must attend a local high school
  • The student must demonstrate a solid academic record
  • The student must embody community involvement and leadership
  • The student must commit to assisting the Friends in their mission to preserve the Connetquot River State Park Preserve as follows:
    • For at least 4 months of the year and for a minimum total of 15 hours, the student is expected to participate in the Friends’ endeavors and programs by performing assigned duties, which include but are not limited to helping set-up and clean up before and after the events, programs, and activity listed below:
      • Friends’ Lecture Series
      • Fun Trail Ride - May 5, 2013
      • Birding & Breakfast Programs
      • Newsletter Mailings - May and August
      • Annual Gala - October 6th, 2012
  • Must agree to submit, by September 1, 2013 one or both of the following:
    • An original essay not to exceed 1,000 words, double-spaced, and focused on one or more attributes of the Preserve, its historic and environmental value, and the importance of its continuation for future generations.
    • A hand-made poster (no part of which may be computer generated). Size should not exceed 12” x 18” and may be in vertical or horizontal format. Artwork must be the original work of the student and done on poster board. Suggested media: pen and ink, marker, colored pencil, or watercolor. Subject should be an identifiable aspect of the Preserve.  Student's name, address, school and telephone number should appear in print on the reverse side of the poster.

To apply, please send a one-page Letter of Interest, stating student’s name, address, and telephone number, and attach parents’ written consent. Letter must be received by the Friends no later than April 30, 2013.

Address Letter to Friends of Connetquot Scholarship Committee and mail to:

Friends of Connetquot
Scholarship Committee
Box 472
Oakdale, N. Y. 11769

Final selection of scholarship recipient will be made by the Friends Board of Directors from recommendations by the Scholarship Committee.

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