The Conklin Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by Derek Conklin as a way to honor the lives of Derek’s brothers, Chris and Ryan, both of whom passed away. Two $2000 scholarships are awarded annually to a deserving male and female student, both who excel in academics and athleticism, much like Chris and Ryan once did.
This scholarship was created to not only contribute back to the community where they grew up, but more importantly, to help financially assist students as they pursue a college degree or a trade certificate.
Qualifications for the scholarship go as follow: candidates must have an average of 90 or above in their studies, they must play two varsity sports, and letters of recommendation are required from a teacher and coach. Candidates are also required to submit a 500 word essay that describes challenges they’ve encountered and how they overcame them.
Along with the student scholarship, the Conklin Scholarship Fund Softball Tournament is held at the grounds of the Nanuet School District followed by an after party that includes dinner and drinks at the Pearl River Elks Club. This year’s tournament will be held on Saturday, June 11th, starting at 8am at the George W Miller Elementary School where 12 co-ed teams will participate in head-to-head competition. The cost to play in the tournament as well as attend the after party is $100 and only $40 for those who plan to attend the party but not play.
This year 100 boxes, in similar fashion to Super Bowl boxes, are being sold at $40 per box with a chance to win a grand prize trip for 2 to Cancun’s Moon Palace Gran all-inclusive resort. 50/50 raffle tickets are being sold at $25.00 each or 5 for $100.00. Various tickets and other prizes can be won in both a silent and Chinese auctions that will take place at the party.
Derek shared the importance of this scholarship with me, “Starting this organization helped me cope with some of the most trying times in my life. To be able to give back to the students of the community which supported me and my family through the loss of two brothers/children is humbling and rewarding. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my brothers and how honored they would be to know that every year hundreds of people come out to support an event that was established because of the good they did while they were still here.”
Here is some information if you want to donate towards this fantastic scholarship. You can go to Conklin Scholarship Fund . You can also send donations to 8 Summit Place Nanuet, NY 10954 or by going to the event as well that will be held this year on Saturday June 11th. For any further questions please feel free to contact Derek Conklin.