Board of Legislators announces 2016 Jandon Scholarship recipients
During a press conference on Thursday, May 19th, the Jandon Foundation and the Westchester County Board of Legislators announced the recipients of the 2016 Jandon Foundation Scholarships. 16 Westchester high school students will each receive $12,000 in scholarship funds from the Jandon Foundation in preparation for their next educational steps. In order for students to qualify for the awards, their families must meet financial eligibility guidelines established by the Jandon Foundation. The program is unique in that it follows the students throughout their college careers.
“Our Jandon Scholarship program this year is certainly tinged with sadness because of the passing of Jane Cecil last July. The Jandon Scholarships are a wonderful part of her legacy. It is a privilege to carry on the Jandon program here at the Board of Legislator to help further the philanthropic goals of the Cecil family to enable these students,” stated Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz. “Quality education is such a powerful and important part of individual success. When you consider that the Cecil’s have helped more than 200 kids achieve the goal of a college degree, that is a benefit for those individuals, their families and in fact our community. I’d like to thank the Cecil family for their continued dedication and support of education for Westchester’s youth.”
The Jandon Foundation is a private foundation created by Jane and Donald Cecil of Harrison, New York. The Cecil’s funded the Mount Vernon "I Have a Dream" program in 1987 and began funding the Neuberger Museum of Arts "Writing Through the Arts" Program in 1993. The Jandon Scholars program began as a public-private partnership in 2000 under County Executive Spano in an effort to reach students throughout the county. The Board of Legislators has been administering the program since 2010.
The Cecil family’s primary philanthropic interest lies in education with particular interest in helping students from financially disadvantaged and under-educated families succeed.
Alec Cecil, son of Jane and Donald, spoke at the press conference, “My family is privileged and honored to be able to provide assistance to such deserving students, and we very much appreciate the partnership with the Board of Legislators. We are proud of the results that so many past scholars have achieved through their hard work, dedication and the support of their families and others. We welcome our new winners and are confident that they will be equally successful.”
The following is a list of Mount Vernon recipients:
- Amigon, Melissa, Nellie Thornton, SUNY Oneonta
- Ferrell, Precious, Nellie Thornton, Johnson & Wales University
- Leslie, Shadae, Mount Vernon High School, Boston University
Scholarship recipients displaying their awards