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The Cape Cod Foundation Awards $370,000 in Scholarships

YARMOUTHPORT A crowd of more than 250 gathered at the Dennis Inn on Tuesday, June 10 to join The Cape Cod Foundation in celebrating their 2014 scholarship recipients and the people who make these awards possible. This year, the Foundation has awarded $370,000 in scholarships to 110 Cape Cod and Islands students. Their partner the Cape Cod Association, which is a supporting organization of The Cape Cod Foundation, has awarded $450,000 to nearly 300 Cape and Islands students, bringing the total awarded in scholarships between the two organizations to $820,000.

“The fact that we are awarding the most scholarship dollars in one year since our inception is fitting as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, as the Foundation was started with one scholarship fund, initiated by the Snow family, in honor of Harry H. Snow. We are so grateful to all of the people who work with the Foundation to support these awards, and are inspired by our recipients,” said Kristin O’Malley, Executive Director of The Cape Cod Foundation.

Included in the $370,000 is a special multi-year scholarship, totaling $25,000, being made this year in honor of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. This special scholarship has been awarded to Matthew Cook, pictured above, a recent graduate of Harwich High School who will be attending Wheaton College in the fall to study business.

During his speech, Matthew encouraged his peers to think about the role that the youth of today can play in shaping the Cape of tomorrow. “We need to stay informed, learn about local politics and step up, to become leaders in the community. Our current community leaders have worked diligently and conscientiously but will retire one day. Today’s youth need to be ready to take the reins as optimistic leaders. There will be big shoes to fill, and who better than the young men and women who grew up here, love Cape Cod, and want to raise a family here, to fill them.”

Eileen Miskell, Chairman and President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, encouraged the recipients to stay connected and to stay in touch as they embark on their educational pursuits. “We are rooting for you to continue your education, gain experience, travel the country, the world and maybe even outer space….”

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