Two incoming Marist students have been selected to receive the newly established Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) Scholarship at Marist College. The scholarship is awarded to students from GLI’s vast national network of affiliated schools who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the study of history.
This unique and impactful collaboration between Marist College and GLI was cultivated and primarily funded by a family with longstanding commitments to both institutions. Trustee Genine McCormick ’88 and her husband, Michael ’88, made a very generous pledge to help establish this scholarship initiative in collaboration with GLI.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994 by noted philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, GLI is widely recognized as one of the leading institutions in America dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. The institute has an archive of more than 75,000 historical documents and provides educators, students, and the public with direct access to these unique primary resources. GLI also has an impressive network of more than 29,000 affiliated high schools around the country, and their programming reaches nearly five million students each year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations.
The McCormick Family Foundation – Gilder Lehrman Institute Scholarship Program will be the cornerstone of an exciting partnership developing between Marist and GLI. The McCormicks’ support, combined with that of other donors, will provide meaningful term scholarships for 12 deserving students recognized as top high school history students by GLI’s recently launched National Academy of American History and Civics (NAAHC); NAAHC represents GLI’s highest-achieving, most accomplished students. Eight scholarships will be reserved for students with significant financial need, and the remaining four scholarships will be awarded exclusively based on academic merit. While recognized for their achievement in the study of history, scholarship recipients will not be required to major in history at Marist. The McCormicks’ gift also includes a generous allocation to establish a special society to more formally connect scholarship recipients through meetings, programming in conjunction with GLI and Marist, and an annual dinner. The society will add another important dimension to this distinctive program.
Michael and Genine have had an immeasurable impact at Marist through their exceptional philanthropy and thoughtful leadership over many years. This signature program is yet another example of their dedication to students and unwavering commitment to advancing the College’s mission.
Impressive Inaugural Recipients
The inaugural recipients hail from New York and have impressive academic and extracurricular achievements:
• Elisabet Guerrero Hernandez, from Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, NY, completed a research project with the Museum of Natural History and served as an intern at Fordham University’s History Makers program. Guerrero Hernandez is secretary of the Women’s Alliance Club and a member of her high school’s bowling varsity team. She is very interested in a career in adolescence education and aspires to be a history teacher.
• Harumi Kameda, from Hyde Leadership Charter School, NY, is second in her class and is looking to find her niche at Marist. Kameda is the co-captain of her high school debate team, member of the National Honor Society, involved in Environmental Club, and plays saxophone in the pep band. She hopes to study pre-law and has an interest in history and environmental science.
Through this partnership, Marist GLI scholars will make trips to the GLI office in New York City to access GLI’s extensive archives and participate in special programming and internship opportunities. For students with financial need, the scholarship will grow during their time at Marist, providing for increases in award amounts to eliminate the impact of annual tuition increases as well as matching funds for the money they earn through part-time employment.
GLI students also will have the opportunity to participate in Marist’s highly ranked Summer Pre-College Program, which is also available to all students at GLI partner schools around the country. In addition, GLI students can take advantage of other special events and activities both on and off campus and avail themselves of the rich historic resources of the Hudson River Valley.
A Strategic Partnership
The collaboration with GLI is a complement to Marist’s deep work in the field of history. The College’s Hudson River Valley Institute studies and interprets regional history, hosts lectures every semester, and publishes a peer-reviewed journal, the Hudson River Valley Review. Numerous students intern with HRVI each year, learning valuable research skills.
The College’s partnership with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum makes it one of only six colleges and universities nationwide affiliated with a presidential library. Marist also hosts the Library’s digital archives.
Among the first to join the McCormicks in generously supporting the scholarship initiative are Kimberly ’02 and Frank ’00 Viggiano, Jill ’02 and Mark ’00 Viggiano, Lisa and Scott Sweeney ’04, and Marist Trustee Pat Lavelle ’73. Eight scholarships remain to be sponsored in the program.
Realizing the vision for this exciting new initiative will require the support of other generous Marist donors, and alumni, parents, and friends are invited to consider sponsoring and naming individual term scholarships offered within this innovative pilot. To learn more about this special opportunity, please contact Chris DelGiorno, vice president for college advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (845) 575-3412.