A Sayville High School senior won the inaugural scholarship given to a Town of Islip teenager pursuing an undergraduate degree in U.S. history or government.
Jared Bergen was awarded the Hon. Peter Fox Cohalan Scholarship in American History for Islip Town Seniors. The scholarship — named for the former Suffolk County executive and Islip Town supervisor — is issued by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and is $10,000 annually for four years.
To be considered, students submitted an essay on any aspect of Long Island history and how it reflects the state’s and country’s history. Bergen’s essay was titled “Levittown: The Legacy of Long Island’s Original Suburb.”
“Jared’s passion for history is reflected in not only academic achievements — he also embraces local history in his commitment to serving his community,” said Kathryn Curran, the foundation’s executive director.
Bergen, who will be attending the College of William and Mary, is his school’s 2016 valedictorian, president of the History Club, and part of a team that reached the national level of the National History Quiz Bowl. He and classmate Emily Sneddon placed first last year in the senior group website category of New York State History Day and reached the national level.
The scholarship requires that Bergen maintain a 3.25 grade-point average and volunteer at a historical society in the Town of Islip.