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North Side Legacy Fund names four scholarship recipients

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WATERTOWN — Former members of the North Side Improvement League — now known as the North Side Legacy Fund — announced their third round of scholarships, this time to four 2022 high school graduates.

The North Side Legacy Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation recently presented scholarships totaling $2,000 to support post-secondary educational pursuits of the four members of the class of 2022.

The North Side Legacy Fund was established in 2019 as a permanent fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation to honor the history and heritage of the North Side Improvement League.

Graduating high school seniors who live in the city of Watertown, as well as students from other areas who have family ties to the former improvement league, were encouraged to apply.

Recipients of this one-year award each received $500 and were selected based on combined test scores, cumulative high school GPA, rank in class, personal data, essay scores and applicant appraisals.

“Since this fund was established, we have heard from individuals who have had meaningful connections to the league’s history. It affirms that this is, and will forever be, a fitting and worthwhile way to extend the good works they brought to our community during their existence,” said Rande S. Richardson, the Community Foundation’s executive director.

The legacy fund has since received additional gifts to grow the fund, demonstrating that people will always care about the improvement league’s work and advocacy for the north side and all of Watertown, Mr. Richardson said.

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