The Week In Review-The Weekend Ahead



In April 2020, the Mid-Hudson Retired Teachers Association (MARTA)will again be awarding four $3,000 scholarships to four graduating seniors in the local Orange County area.

2019 MARTA Scholarship Winners

Left to right:  Jacquelyn Koenig, Rebecca Whitney, Gillian Warn, Adeline Rajnert

Jacquelyn Koenig, a graduate of Washingtonville High School, is attending Binghamton University and is planning on majoring in Math and minoring in Education.  Her goal is to become a certified Secondary Education math teacher.   She served as the president of the Student Coalition at Washingtonville High School.  Jacquelyn credits her career choice to her teacher, Ms. Swanson, who pushed her to be her best self.

Rebecca Whitney, a graduate of Port Jervis High School, is attending SUNY Oneonta to pursue a degree in Adolescence Education focused in Mathematics.  She wants to become a teacher because it gives her the opportunity to make a difference.  In her career choice, she intends to teach academics but also to teach life lessons that her students will take with them for the rest of their lives, just as her teachers have inspired her.

Gillian Warn, a graduate of Washingtonville High School, is attending SUNY Geneseo to pursue a degree in Special Education.  Gillian has been very active in volunteering with Special Olympics and the Winslow TRC.  She intends to teach Elementary Special Education and to continue her involvement in Special Olympics by becoming a PATH certified instructor and a Special Olympics coach.

Adeline Rajnert, a graduate of Minisink High School, is attending SUNY New Paltz to pursue a degree in Education.  She feels teachers provide a bridge to success.  She has watched her brothers succeed through the help of their teachers and she wants to do the same for students.  Her goals are to teach morals, perspectives, differences and new ideas to students through literature.

Qualifications for MARTA Scholarship application are:

  1. Rank in the top 25% of the graduating class
  2. College acceptance for 2020 – 2021
  3. Choice of a career in Education
  4. Financial need but ineligible for significant State or Federal Aid

MARTA Scholarship applications were sent to the Counseling Departments of the Orange County High Schools in January 2020.  Students interested in applying should obtain a MARTA Scholarship application from their Counseling Department and return the completed application to their Counselor. Counseling Departments should forward the completed application to the MARTA Scholarship Committee with an official transcript, standardized test scores and Counselor recommendation.  Note that completed applications for MARTA Scholarships MUST be postmarked no later than March 31, 2020

Awards will be presented at the MARTA Awards Breakfast on April 29,2020 at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown.

In 2019, MARTA was able to award a total of $12,000 in four scholarships to four enthusiastic, inspiring, local high school seniors who will be pursuing a career in Education.   The awarded students presented their future goals at MARTA’s annual Scholarship Breakfast in May 2019 at Kuhl’s Highland House.  About 300 members contributed, allowing MARTA to again support the next generation of teachers.


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