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To designate your donation to a specific Named Award, click on the Dropdown box to view all the Named Awards. Otherwise, your donation will be designated to the STG General Fund.

If you would like to designate your donation to more than one Named Award, use the textbox to indicate the additional Named Award(s). STG will send an acknowledgement to the Named Award contact(s).

To read about each of the Named Awards, click here.

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A General Staples Tuition Grant is made up of many donations from those donors who do not designate or direct their donation to a Named Award. This award has the most individual donations and is the largest total grant awarded each year. A student can receive a STG award alone, or in addition to a Named Award(s).
Dorothy Adams was a beloved teacher and principal at the wooden Bridge Street School and its later brick incarnation, Saugatuck Elementary. She retired in 1952 and is still remembered as a common-sense educator, sympathetic to kids in need. A disciplinarian with a desire to find the best in each student, her stay-after-school punishment sometimes ended with stamp trading, as she was an avid philatelist. Her interest in education came naturally. Her grandfather, Ebenezer Banks Adams, operated Adams Academy on Morningside Drive North for 30 years starting in 1837.
Dr. Jean Beasley was a female African-American pediatrician in Westport, at a time when both were very rare anywhere in the country. She practiced with her husband, Dr. Albert Beasley. Her career was cut short when she died at a young age.
In March of 2015, the Westport Weston Family YMCA received a very generous gift from the estate of Ruth T. Bedford. Ms. Bedford, a YMCA trustee emeritus, a philanthropist, and a strong advocate for the YMCA continued the family legacy with her gift. Her grandfather, Edward T. Bedford, established the first Westport YMCA in 1923. In 1944, Edward’s son, Frederick T. Bedford and his wife (Ruth’s parents) provided the funding that made it possible to buy Camp Mahackeno, the YMCA’s summer day camp where the current facility is located. Ms. Bedford was instrumental in helping the YMCA to renovate and expand its original downtown Westport location during the 1980s. Ms. Bedford’s gift will continue to allow the YMCA to be a leader in the community and change lives for the next 100 years. In 2015, the YMCA Board of Trustees established the Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund (the “Fund”) to give back to the community and carry forward the legacy of Ruth Bedford. The initial endowment of the Fund was $5 million and earnings from this endowment will support one-year grants to one or more local programs, which will be selected through an annual grant process. The purpose of the Fund is to provide grants to organizations that focus on closing the “achievement gap” in education. Grants are intended to enhance educational opportunities in a transformational way and, as a result, may include a wide range of programs. After a very thorough and lengthy application process, STG was honored to receive a $5000 grant, along with 17 other local non-profit organizations, in December 2016.
Dr. Glenn Hightower dedicated his life in service to the Westport Public Schools. A devoted middle school principal, coach and advocate for children, Dr. Hightower was principal of Bedford Junior High beginning in 1969 and then Bedford Middle School until 2000. Afterwards, he served as principal of Westport Continuing Education until 2009. He believed deeply in the good in people. By so doing, he helped create a community where dreams could be pursued. His style was to lead by example, teach a strong work ethic by modeling one and expect great things from the students before him. He lived by the golden rule and we hope that the recipients of the Glenn Hightower Award never underestimate the power of simple kindness in their future endeavors.

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