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Bay Shore High School senior Carl Siciliano has been selected as the second annual recipient of the Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan Scholarship in American History for Islip Town High School Seniors. 


The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to underwrite 2018 Conservancy Sacred Sites Grants on Long Island.


The Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan Scholarship in American History is awarded to a graduating Suffolk County high school senior who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and/or American Government.


Tuesday, February 7th: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

This informational workshop will assist Long Island’s 501c3 historic stewards in applying to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and other funding organizations for financial support. Included in this workshop will be presentations by Ann-Isabel Freidman, Director of the Sacred Sites Program, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation, Preservation League of New York State.

This program is for not-for-profit 501c3 organizations with historic missions. Representatives fromhistoric sites, house museums, historic churches, museums, cultural sites, and historical societies are encouraged to attend. Light breakfast and lunch will be offered at no cost to attendees.

This workshop is not appropriate for colleges or universities. Reservations are mandatory. Space is limited. There is a limit of 2 attendees per organization. RSVP by January 31, 2017 to Terry Tirado: 

You must receive email confirmation to attend. 

Workshop Schedule
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Light Refreshments

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome & Introduction: Representative from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization
9:45 - 10:45 Kathryn Curran, Executive Director, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Terry Tirado, Executive Administrator, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

10:50 - 11:20 Joel Snodgrass, Architectural Consultant, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

11:30 - 12:00 Questions and Answers

12:00 - 1:30 Break for Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 Ann-Isabel Friedman, Director, Sacred Sites Program, New York Landmarks Conservancy

2:30 - 3:15 Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation, Preservation League of New York State

Questions and inquires may be addressed to:
Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Inc.
148 E. Montauk Hwy.,Hampton Bays, NY 11946

We are proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship, named in honor of Peter Fox Cohalan, former Islip Town Supervisor (1971-1979) and Suffolk County Executive (1979-1986) who is also on the Board of Trustees of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. The new annual scholarship is open to all Islip Town High School Seniors.

The recipient of the first ever grant is Jared Bergen, valedictorian of Sayville’s 2016 graduating class.

“I think it’s very important people spread their love of history in society, especially local history. Suffolk County and Islip Town have a plethora of incredible local history, and it’s so important that we get the message out through these awards.” - Cohalan

Read the full Suffolk Times article: click here


Photo: Jared Bergen, the first recipient of the Peter Fox Cohalan History Scholarship provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

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