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1/29/2020 - Huntington Town Clerk Andrew P. Raia Announces Scholarships for High School Seniors

Huntington – Huntington Town Clerk Andrew P. Raia is pleased to announce that the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation will be offering the 2020 Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan Scholarship in American History to Nassau/Suffolk County High School Seniors. The scholarship application will be awarded to a graduating senior who will be pursuing an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and/or American Government.


“You can never get enough history,” said Raia, who as Town Clerk is also the Records Management Officer (RMO) for the Town thus the custodian of Town records. Residents can get an educational tour to see Town manuscripts, including the original deed signed by European settlers in 1653. As paraphrased by writer and philosopher George Santayana, 'Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’


The awardees must attend a 4-year accredited college or university or academic institution subject to Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation’s Board approval.  The scholarship award is worth $10,000 yearly for 4 years of degree completion.


Applications are due by March 31, 2020; notifications will be sent out in the first week of May 2020. The Foundation will accept a maximum of 3 applicants for each High School located in Nassau/Suffolk County, NY.


“I am so pleased that the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation is offering this scholarship to help students realize their dreams of advancing their education,” said Raia. “The cost of college is continually climbing, and it is essential to let our children know that going to college can still be an affordable decision.  There are many young adults on Long Island who are deserving of awards such as this one. I encourage all eligible to apply as every opportunity helps.”


Applications may be obtained by contacting: Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, 148 E. Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Call (631) 594-3990 or email More information: