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The Sandy Casey Scholarship Fund

Sandy CaseyThe Sandy Casey Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 by the family of Sandy Casey with major support from the Bennington Banner, the Manchester Journal, Burr and Burton Academy and Southwestern Vermont Health Care and friends of Sandy. Its goal is to benefit Bennington County students who combine academic achievement with a desire to work with children. 

ABOUT SANDY CASEY: Sandy Casey, a special education teacher, was killed in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting. A native of East Dorset and 2000 graduate of Burr and Burton Academy, Casey was beloved by students and faculty in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where she was working as a special education teacher. Sandy Casey was a remarkable young woman who found joy and purpose in life in helping and teaching others.

A Burr and Burton Academy graduate, she earned degrees at the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland and at Assumption College before pursuing a career in special education in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Casey’s basketball coaches at Burr and Burton admired her positive attitude and teamwork, and her teachers remembered her spirit, energy and enthusiasm. Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Michael Matthews called Casey "a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students."

THE SCHOLARSHIP: The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a Bennington County high school graduate intent on pursuing a career in education or service to children. The first scholarship recipient was announced at the Bennington Banner-Manchester Journal All-Stars High School Gala on June 26, at Greenwell Auditorium on the campus of Bennington College. The scholarship and the award program is administered by the Sandy Casey Scholarship Inc., a Vermont nonprofit corporation.

Students who have demonstrated excellence in achievement, an interest in the field of education and a financial need are encouraged to apply.

Guideline and applications may be downloaded or obtained from area high school guidance offices. An application due date will be forthcoming. 

Guidelines  Application

QUESTIONSPlease contact David LaChance at 802-447-7567, ext. 114 or

DONATIONS: Donations may be made directly to the Sandy Casey Scholarship Fund, in care of the Bennington Banner, 425 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. Donors and their contributions will be listed periodically in the paper unless otherwise noted. Donations are tax-deductible


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