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Press Release

Annual Brunch Honoring CCSF Scholarship Donors and Recipients

Doug White Memorial Scholarship representatives: Bill Crosby, Sarah Milofsky, Ranger Beguelin, Priscilla White Sturges, Howard Sturges

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, scholarship donors and recipients gathered for the annual brunch held by the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF). The 67 guests represented 32 of the 54 Named Funds held by CCSF. For each of the past four years the Brunch has been held to thank and recognize those who have established endowed scholarship funds. It is also an opportunity for students to meet the donors and learn first-hand what inspired their gifts. Many donors to CCSF have established scholarships to honor or memorialize a loved one, friend, educator, relative or someone who has had an important impact on their lives.

One such scholarship fund is the Doug White Memorial Scholarship. After Doug’s death in 2007 a group of Doug’s best friends and family began fund raising to memorialize Doug who grew up in Concord and graduated from CCHS in 1976. Bill Crosby spoke at the Brunch about Doug, capturing his personality and character. Doug was passionate about his community, loved sports and always had time for everyone and everything. The scholarship is a living tribute to this beloved community member, and is awarded annually to two community-minded high school seniors who have shown an interest in sports.

“Every Concord and Carlisle parent cares about the education of their children,” said Billy. “The amazing thing about this community is that it cares about the education and success of all children.”

Ranger Beguelin received the Doug White Memorial Scholarship award for 2014-15. He’s studying electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He’s one of five children, three of whom are in college. RPI is everything Ranger hoped for, and more, a community of like-minded individuals all dedicated to studying science and math.

“The scholarship meant the world to me,” said Ranger. “Straight up, I wouldn’t be where I am, or have the opportunities I have at RPI without it.” Ranger also received the Bobby Gray Memorial Scholarship this year.

Brunch host CCSF Chair Lindsay Smith Kafka spoke about the impact that CCSF has had on our community since its establishment in 1966. Kafka thanked all those who have created access and affordability to higher education, both through endowing Named Funds and through annual unrestricted gifts.