Applications accepted for Sandy Casey Scholarship

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BENNINGTON — Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship established to honor the life and further the legacy of Sandy Casey. The second annual award is to be awarded to a Bennington County high school graduate intent on pursuing a career in education or service to children. The winner will be announced at the third annual Bennington Banner-Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars Gala, to be held on June 25.

The scholarship was established in the fall of 2017 in memory of Sandy Casey, a special education teacher who was among those killed in the Oct. 1, 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. A native of East Dorset and 2000 graduate of Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Casey was beloved by students and faculty in Manhattan Beach, California, where she was working as a special education teacher.

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

The scholarship and the award program are administered by the Sandy Casey Scholarship Inc., a Vermont non-profit corporation.

The award is competitive, and will be determined by a selection committee. It will be awarded to a single student who has a bona fide need for financial assistance to attend college and exhibits the qualities that Casey was known for, including teamwork, voluntarism and academic achievement.

The winning applicant will also have a strong interest in the pursuit of a career in education or service to children, especially those who are disadvantaged, and a meritorious record of academic and community achievement while in high school.

Applications are available on the websites of the Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal. They are also being sent to high school guidance offices of high schools in Bennington County, including Mount Anthony Union High School, Arlington Memorial High School, Burr and Burton Academy, Long Trail School and Stratton Mountain School. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 21.

The inaugural Sandy Casey scholarship was awarded to Ashley Finkelstein of Pownal.

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 requested. Donations are tax-deductible.

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