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Establishment of the Clair Day Memorial Scholarship

2010

Press Release

Establishment of the Clair Day Memorial Scholarship

The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund is honored to announce the establishment of a memorial scholarship by the Day family of Concord in memory of their daughter, Clair Day. Clair, who passed away in September of 2009, was a senior at Concord‐Carlisle High School. Clair’s family and many friends describe her as a dedicated student and kind and generous citizen who made an indelible impression on all who met her. Clair had a great love of the arts, and she expressed her artistic sensibility through a variety of media, including painting, writing and music. As a student, Clair excelled: she received many awards from the English, Social Studies and Biology departments of the high school and she was an honor roll student for three years in a row.  Clair’s other passion was for community service. Through her work with the Teen Buddy mentoring program at the high school, the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, the DeCordova Museum, and the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center of Emerson Hospital, Clair inspired all who knew her with her commitment to helping others.

It is the Day’s family hope that Clair’s kindness, humility, loving nature and dedication to
public
service will be celebrated and remembered by the award of an annual scholarship to
students
who embody the qualities that made Clair who she was.

The first recipient of the Clair Day Memorial Scholarship Fund is Emily Balmuth‐Loris, a
current
senior at Concord‐Carlisle High School. Emily will attend Brandeis University in Waltham,
and is
looking forward to studying political science and history at Brandeis. She is an avid reader
and
participated in the prestigious Rutgers Seminar last fall, the theme of which was Pulitzer
prizewinning
literature and drama.

Emily has been a very active and well‐rounded member of the Concord‐Carlisle High School community. She played field hockey all four years and also participated in the high school plays each of her four years there. Her energy led her to revive the dormant Coffee House program, the idea of which is to provide a socially safe place for teens to socialize and also to perform.

For example, the Coffee House has sponsored poetry slam nights at Emerson Umbrella for teens. Emily’s love of working with people also led her to work on Freshman Orientation, the program that helps incoming freshman to the high school acclimate to their new school.

Emily has also been active in the public service realm, having volunteered her time and energy to several organizations, including: four years at Concord’s Integrated Preschool Special Ed summer program; the Harvard Law Clinic, helping clients organize their materials for trial; the Pathways Program, as a mentor for special needs high school students; and as a participant in Youth In Philanthropy, working with other youths to make grants to worthy Metro‐West organizations. She aspires one day to join the Peace Corps and become a public interest lawyer.

Donations in honor of Clair can be made to the Clair Day Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, Concord, Massachusetts.

The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) that was established in 1966 by five Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee members. The Fund exists to help residents of Concord or Carlisle to afford college by providing scholarships that help address their unmet financial need. Since its inception, the Fund has supported over 600 students in their pursuit of higher education. You can visit www.ccscholarshipfund.org to learn more.