Port students receive scholarships

Sarah Minkewicz

Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education of Port Washington awarded academic excellence scholarships to 10 students last Thursday.

Officials said the $100 scholarships recognize overall academic excellence with a minimum 4.0 GPA coupled with outstanding achievement in at least one specific area such as an academic subject, a performing or fine art, leadership activity, athletics, or community service. 

This year’s Toula J. Halperin Award for Academic Excellence recipients are Andrew Adelhardt, Nicole Albanese, Carolyn Blumberg, Tiger Gao, Andrew Gruber, Madeline Fagen, Dylan Lee, Allegra Noto, Shannon Russo and Asena Ulug. 

“I am delighted to honor these students’ hard work, determination and talent with AGATE-Toula J. Halperin Award for Academic Excellence Scholarships,” AGATE Scholarship Committee Chair Stacey Jawitz said to a packed Paul D. Shreiber Auditorium. “With a record number of applicants who exemplify outstanding achievement, it was challenging to narrow down the finalists,’’ Jawitz said, “and we are pleased to be able to grant scholarships to more students than ever before.”

According to its website, AGATE is a Home and School Association of the Port Washington Union Free School District that focuses on the education of high-ability children. 

AGATE of Port Washington has served as a community resource and facilitator for students, parents and educators, based on the belief that all students deserve an appropriate and challenging education  to help them achieve their fullest potential, according to its website.

“I would also like to thank the committee, made up of parents who are genuinely concerned and invested in the development of all students who worked tirelessly throughout the scholarship process,” Jawitz said. “It is rewarding to see what we as a community can provide to help each student reach toward fulfilling their individual potential.” 

To become a member or for more information about the organization, visit agatepw.org.

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