Hudson Recreation to Begin Scholarship Program

November 20, 2015


by Doug Robinson

The Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen authorized the Hudson Recreation Department to establish the Hudson Recreation Department Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship requirements read, “The Hudson Recreation Department will be awarding an annual scholarship to one or two graduating seniors from Alvirne High School.”

Recreation Director Dave Yates explained that he will be speaking with the recreation committee, as well as the board of selectmen, to change this requirement from “Alvirne High School” to “Hudson resident,” as a child may participate in the recreation programs and not attend Alvirne, for example those who attend Bishop Guertin High School, another private school or be home schooled.

The eligibility to receive the scholarship is based on the Hudson Recreation Department Scholarship subcommittee guidelines.

These guidelines include the following:  the graduate must be a resident of Hudson who has participated in one or more of the Hudson Recreation Department organized youth sport programs.  The graduate must also have been accepted (or have made application and is pending) to a recognized institution of higher learning.

At this point in time, discussions are still being held as to whom the scholarship funds will be addressed and how the vetting process of each athlete will be accomplished.  In addition, the selection committee is still a work in progress as to who will select the winner and what that process criteria will look like.

Those applying for the scholarship will be required to write a “short essay on how the Hudson Recreation Department has affected you and what it has meant to you.”

Funding for the scholarship will come from 50/50 raffles that will be held during comedy nights.  These monies are raised from the sale of numbered tickets.  The selected number ticket that is drawn will split one half of the amount of money collected with the scholarship program.

Yates stated during the Nov. 12 recreation meeting that he hoped to raise “$500” for the scholarship, and “two ($500 scholarships) would be nice.”