Mary Feidner, right, vice president of the board at the Park McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion, reads through a servant list book with volunteer Mary Kohler in May 2019. The organization has established a scholarship in honor of Feidner, who recently stepped down from the board.

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NORTH BENNINGTON — Park-McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion has announced the creation of the Mary Fiedner Historic Scholarship Program to assist Bennington area students who plan to attend college, focusing on history-related studies. Scholarships will soon be available to students who are enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited institution.

Students will receive a $500 award from Park-McCullough for their education. Scholarship recipients are selected based on a statement of goals and aspirations, academic records, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and of course, their interest in history. Students will also be required to tour the mansion and provide an essay about their visit.

The program honors well-respected volunteer Mary Fiedner, who spent a decade supporting Park-McCullough in different capacities, most recently as lead docent and a member of the Board of Trustees. Fiedner stepped off the board earlier this year.

" Her dedication and commitment to our organization, the McCullough family heritage, and our community have been invaluable," said Christopher Oldham, executive director of Park-McCullough.

"Even though she is no longer on the board or volunteering at the mansion, she continues to support our efforts to bring Park-McCullough to new heights," he said.

Fiedner will be part of the selection process, Oldham said. A plaque will be hung inside the mansion, displaying the recipients' names.

Donations to the fund can be sent to PMH, PO Box 388, North Bennington, VT 05257.


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