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$302K in Staples Tuition Grants awarded to 106 students

Staples Tuition Grants awarded $302,000 to 106 Staples High School seniors and recent alumni to help pay for college Tuesday night.
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Staples Tuition Grants: The Story Behind The Tagline

Since 1943, Staples Tuition Grants has helped ensure that no Staples High School graduate is denied a college education because of financial need..
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An Evening of Music and Dance

Join us for an evening of music and dance to celebrate the life of Patricia Baxter on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The event will benefit Staples Tuition Grant's Patricia Baxter Pelton Scholarship.
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Dodig Awards the Dodig Award

Former Staples High School Principal John Dodig presented the awards at the 2016 annual Staples Tuition Grants awards ceremony.
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Fred Cantor Grants Staples A Special Gift

Since the 1970s, Fred Cantor has taken iconic photographs of Westport scenes. Now he's licensed 5 of them for sale with all profits going to an STG award in honor of Chou Chou Merrill.
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Awards Ceremony Speech

Each year at our annual Staples Tuition Grants awards ceremony, a student recipient is invited to speak. This year, Megumi Asada, a rising junior and math major at Williams College spoke and held the audience's rapt attention.
Read Megumi Asada's Speech

Westport News / More than $300K presented at Staples Tuition Grants ceremony

Tracy Boyer will study early education at Southern Connecticut State University next semester, a result of hard work, good grades and support from the Staples Tuition Grants organization, which on Tuesday distributed $320,000 to 113 Staples High School students and alumni. 

06880 / Honoring John Dodig: The Best Way Possible

The other day, John Dodig bought a lottery ticket. If he won, he thought to himself, his first act would be donating $20 million to Staples Tuition Grants.

Odds are, he won’t win. But I bet he’s thrilled at this news: The organization is naming an award in his honor. ... READ MORE

06880 / Stop & Shop’s 100 Years = STG’s $1,000

To celebrate their 100th year in business, Stop & Shop asked their 200 store managers to solicit ideas for local worthy organizations.

Managers got feedback from employees. Each store then selected 1 charity or group.

Of the 200 suggestions, 100 were selected. Westport’s Stop & Shop made the cut — and Staples Tuition Grants is now $1,000 richer. ... READ MORE

Also reported in WestportNow, November 17, 2014 ... READ MORE

Inklings / Staples Tuition Grants awards record amount to students and alumni

On Wednesday, June 4, the library buzzed with students, parents, and donors as Staples Tuition Grants (STG) awarded a record $320,000 in grants to 112 Staples students. 

The STG program provides tuition assistance to Staples seniors and alumni to allow for the opportunity to continue education after Staples. According to STG, .... READ MORE

06880 / Longtime Westporters Pay Staples Tuition Grants Forward

When Richard Berkowitz served on Staples Tuition Grants’ board in the late 1970s, only a few small grants were awarded to graduating seniors. Board members quietly solicited donations from friends and neighbors. ....

Berkowitz and Fincher’s rewarding experiences serving on the STG board — helping students earn a college education — was noticed by their children.

“That sense of community drew me to the program. I’m following my dad’s lead,” says Dick’s son, Doug Fincher. He — along with Berkowitz’s daughter, Jody Beck — are now STG board members. ... READ MORE

06880 / Malik Brantley: “This Place Has Given Me Everything”

Staples High School graduation is Friday. As they receive their diplomas, 463 seniors will earn well-deserved applause and whistles. None should be cheered louder than Malik Brantley....

And — because he received the Laddie Lawrence Scholarship, Staples Tuition Grants and other awards — he does not have to worry about student loans.... READ MORE

06880 / Staples Grads Share $317,000

With little fanfare — but plenty of emotion — 122 Staples High School seniors and graduates picked up $317,000 in scholarship money Wednesday night.

The 70th annual Staples Tuition Grants ceremony... READ MORE

Woog's World / Westport's own version of 'March Madne$$'

.... A third program providing legs up for young people is Staples Tuition Grants. Now in its eighth decade, STG awards over $300,000 a year in scholarship aid to high school seniors -- and Staples grads already in college.

STG is a low-key organization. Many Westporters have never heard of it. But the thousands it has helped know there is a genuine need for tuition grants -- even in Westport. READ MORE

Tuition Grants updates website

Staples Tuition Grants, a local scholarship foundation, has re-launched its website with a new design that will make it easier for students to apply for aid and for donors to contribute. 

The website -- www.staplestuitiongrants.org -- has been updated with new graphics and photographs and provides students with all the information they need to file applications online. READ MORE

A New Website And Logo For An Old Westport Friend

What do you give yourself when you're 70 years old, but feel modern and important and eagerly looking ahead to the next 70 years?

If you're Staples Tuition Grants, you give yourself a new website. And a redesigned logo. READ MORE

Staples Tuition Grants initiates 70th Year With New Logo

Staples Tuition Grants, the private foundation that funds college scholarships, is marking its 70th year with an updated logo. The unveiling of the new logo coincides with the launch of STG's fundraising drive for the current academic year.

The new design retains the original's tree in full bloom — symbolizing the blossoming of youth through education — but uses a new type style and more condensed shape. The nonprofit's credo is that no Staples High School graduate should be denied a college education because of financial need. READ MORE

Class of ’81 Keeps Giving

The Staples Class of 1981 is having a mini-reunion this year. That’s not news. This is: Last year, at their 30th reunion, classmates’ generosity helped Michelle Muller realize her dream of attending Savannah College of Art and Design. READ MORE


"Scoop" Schuyler

In the 1910s, Phil Schuyler joined the Canadian Royal Air Force. He was an American — a descendant, in fact, of Philip Schuyler, a general in the American Revolution and U.S. senator from New York — but the Canadians accepted 18-year-olds. He became a pilot, and crashed his Curtiss Jenny airplane into Lake Ontario. Schuyler enrolled in Harvard, graduated in 1921, and joined United Press Association — the forerunner of UPI — as a reporter. Working for various New York City dailies, he became friends with E.B. White. READ MORE


Providence-bound Lally overcomes adversity

Trevor Lally has overcome more than his fair share of adversity. One roadblock he faced was being sidelined with a right shoulder injury during his senior year but this tri-captain of the Staples boys swimming team before graduating in June didn't let it deter him and will be swimming for Providence College next year. READ MORE


NYC Marathoner Raises Money in Mother's Honor

Caitlin Frey O'Malley ran the NYC Marathon in her mother’s memory and raised $11,875 (and counting!) for the Staples Tuition Grant Committee. Sharon Frey, a Staples High School Alumna and past Staples Tuition Grant Committee Member valued the opportunity to provide students with scholarships in order to make their college dreams come true. Contributions are still welcome in the memory of Sharon Frey. Please send checks payable to:

Staples Tuition Grants Committee
Ref: The Sharon Frey Memorial Award
Staples High School Tuition Grants Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 5159
Westport, CT 06881-5159

Staples Alumni Give to Scholarship Program

Staples Class of ’81 Awards Tuition Grant

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Thanks to Donors

Staples Tuition Grants awards $300K in scholarships

Granting a Future

Classy Gifts from the ‘50s and ‘60s

Hirten Family establishes Staples Tuition Grants Scholarships

Tuition Grants Allow Dream of College to be Realized