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4 students receive $1000 scholarships from William L. Carter Foundation
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Former  TDYCC Commissioner  William L. Carter’s daily goal was to impact the lives of those around him in meaningful and positive ways.  In this regard, the William L. Carter Foundation is designed with the sole purpose of carrying on Mr. Carter’s daily mantra into a reality for generations to come.  The William L. Carter Inspiration Program recognizes that all adolescents need actionable plans aimed at their future achievements that will be made possible by clear goals and exposure to experiences and skills needed to fully realize their dreams.  Mr. Carter understood and often taught that one of the most effective ways to gain life experience and personal fulfillment was through true service to the community at large and a keen understanding of the importance of education. In step with the mission of the William L. Carter Inspiration program and the example given by Commissioner Carter himself, we are proud to present four students from within the Town of Greenburgh with a William L. Carter Community Leader Scholarship of $1,000 to be put towards college related expenses.
            Students who applied for this scholarship were put through a rigorous application process that included completing a full written application detailing their leadership and community service experiences, an essay explaining why they are most deserving of the award, and finally a culminating interview with the William L. Carter committee.  Additionally, in order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must graduate high school with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, have over twenty five hours of community service over the course of the last twelve months and be able to submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher or mentor.  Each student receiving an award will attend a college or university this upcoming fall.  With this in mind we are very proud and honored to present the following scholarship to Woodlands High School graduates Ms. Samantha Simpson,Mr. Stephan Forbes, Jasmine Blanks and Amanda Guy
Stephan Forbes
Stephan Forbes will be graduating from Woodlands High School and will attend Iona College this fall. He will be majoring in International Business. Business has been a passion of his for a few years as it has so many facets which present quite an exciting and challenging venture for him. Stephan is excited about following his dreams and  so grateful for the opportunity to let it become a reality. In the future he would like to travel and establish new business in different countries that will give opportunities for economic growth.  Stephan has actively participated in Woodlands’ Key Club where he volunteered at school and community events for various community outreach programs. On occasions he was the designated photographer for planned activities.   He is  currently employed with Dunkin Donuts and have also worked with the Greenburgh Parks and Recreation day camp in the summer. Additionally, Stephan is an avid participant in Calvary Temple Evangelical Church of Christ in Mount Vernon. His weekly attendance consists of operating the Sound Room and playing the drums when absences arise.  Stephan recognizes, his  dreams are big and in order to make them a reality it comes with hard work.  Stephan "Hence, here I am on the threshold of a new beginning."
Samantha Simpson
Samantha Simpson will be graduating Woodlands High School she has been accepted for the Fall 2016 semester at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield Connecticut, with a declared major in Education. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in Elementary Education.
She has is a member of the  National Honor Society and was awarded the Woodlands High School Academic Excellence Award      
Samantha has received the Gold Award Certificate for Academic Excellence from Mercy College        
? 2015 Recipient of Certificate of Recognition from Town of Greenburgh , she started a gardening club which beautifies the town and school,
She is the Student Coordinator of Woodlands Individualized Senior Experience (WISE program)          
? Peer Tutor and Teaching Assistant        
? Sunday School Teacher and Coordinator for K – 5th grade for Trinity St Paul Church           
? Volunteer Reading Buddy at JCY-WCP at Riverfront Library, Yonkers NY   
? Volunteer Science Camp Coordinator at Carey Institute, Millbrook NY    
? Volunteer with "Volunteer New York"     cleaning up Westchester parks and beaches, painting libraries 
? Founder and President of High School Gardening Club.   She  Recruited 15 members o Planted flowers and herb garden and Taught other schools about Flowers and Planting
? Samantha is a Member TSTT (Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers)     
? Writer/Reporter for High School Newspaper "Falcon/Falcon Online"     
? Member of UN LINKS club         
? Co-Editor and Contributing Writer for Literary Magazine "Passages"    
Jasmine Blanks
Jasmine Blanks, is the daughter of Wayne and Alicia Blanks.   She will be graduating from Alexander Hamilton High School this June 2016.  Jasmine is involved in leadership and community service activities.   She is described by those who know her as; focused, motivated, sensible, hardworking and dedicated.  Jasmine is a mentor during summer camp.  She is employed part-time at Rita’s ice-cream store.
Jasmine’s is planning on attending and has already committed to the historical Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina this fall.  She plans on majoring in biology with pursuing a career as a Pharmacologist.  Jasmine enjoys working with people and would like create medication that can be used more effectively and safely.
Amanda Guy
Amanda Guy is a senior at Valhalla High School. At Valhalla, she is the president of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Society, the president of the National Honor Society, and a member of the World Language Honor Society. She has also been apart of the Varsity Soccer and Varsity Track teams. Currently, she is a member of the Rockland Rowing Association. In addition to being involved at school, she is also dedicated to service and throughout her high school career she has served over 700 hours of community service. Next year, Amanda will be attending Marist College. At Marist she plans to major in History and minor in Sports Communications with a pre-law emphasis in hopes of eventually becoming a sports lawyer. Amanda is a recruited Division 1 athlete who intends to excel both on and off of the water. 
Paul Feiner

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