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NewsPress Release: 12/14/01Marlboro Students Receive Thompson Scholarships

Thomas Thompson Trust scholarship recipient, Jamie TarajkowskiJamie Tarajkowski Marlboro College student and Windham County resident Jamie Tarajkowski, who received a Thomas Thompson Trust scholarship to continue her studies at Marlboro this year.

MARLBORO, VT - Marlboro College students and Windham County residents Matthew Temple and Jamie Tarajkowski received Thomas Thompson Trust scholarships to continue their studies at Marlboro College this year.

Temple is currently a senior at Marlboro, studying film, movie scoring, screen writing, and politics. A Brattleboro resident for two years, he is married and the father of three. Tarajkowski is a sophomore at Marlboro College, studying pre-med. She relocated from Bellows Falls to Brattleboro in 1999 to complete her senior year at Brattleboro Union High School.

Established in 1976 through a $60,000 endowment gift from the Thompson Trust, the scholarships are awarded each year to two Windham County residents -- one male and one female -- who are full-time students at the college. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic promise, and commitment to the college community.

These were the college's first endowed scholarships, and $60,000 was by far the largest endowment gift to Marlboro at the time. As the endowment principal has grown through investment returns and additional gifts from the Trust, the amount of each scholarship has increased from $1,500 in 1976 to $3,000 today. Fifty-two scholarships have been awarded to date.

According to Marlboro College President Paul LeBlanc, "The Thompson Trust has been a joy to work with over the years. The Trust has funded these scholarships and made it possible for deserving students to attend Marlboro at a time when the cost of education can be a substantial burden for families everywhere. In addition, the Thompson Trust has funded building programs and a lecture series at Marlboro. They understand well the full breadth of challenges that face small, liberal arts colleges and have repeatedly stepped up to the plate to help."

LeBlanc presided over the symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Thomas Thompson Trust on December 14 at the Marlboro College Technology Center. Thomas Thompson and his wife Elizabeth Rowell Thompson were associated with Windham County through much of the nineteenth century and supported numerous projects for the improvement of the quality of life for those less fortunate than they. After Thomas' death, his will established a trust, the income from which provided for his wife for the remainder of her years. Upon her death, the trust, in accordance with Thomas' will, has been applied for certain charitable purposes that support the health and well-being of community members in and around Brattleboro, Vermont, and Rhinebeck, New York.

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