“This fund was originally established in 1996 as the Helping Hand Scholarship by the Reverend Raymond C. Wixson and Barbara and Robert Daniell,” explained Pastor Michael Graham. “All committee members truly enjoy this opportunity to see the accomplishments of high school graduates, learn their future plans, and play a small part in assisting the Daniell Family Foundation to help them realize those plans.”
The names of the students who received the scholarship and their chosen colleges include: Hale Kutuk: Simmons University, Boston, MA; Shealagh Brown: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Reece Anna Sadler: Bentley University, Waltham, MA; Mackenzie Roys: Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH; and Riley Marsh: Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH.
“Receiving this scholarship will help me further my education at Plymouth State University so I may become a math teacher and share my passions and love of math with students,” said Scholarship recipient Roys.
For Roys, the scholarship award was particularly meaningful, as she cited he has been part of GCC since “[she] was born.” “My church family has given me the strength, drive, and foundation to push through hardships and reach my goal of educating younger generations so they may do even more incredible things than myself,” she said.
Commenting on the nature of the Scholarship Fund itself, Graham said the committee considers applicants from both inside and outside the church. “This is a community fund open to young people from our congregation or who attend Gilford High School,” he said. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to invest in young people in furthering their educational goals.”
Located in Gilford, NH, GCC is an inclusive, open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds. Viewable live on YouTube, services take place at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH.