The Valley Stream Central High School District Board of Education approved a new scholarship at its Jan. 9 meeting in honor of longtime CHS supporters Edward and Genevieve MacLean. Backed by a $5,000 donation from the couple’s children, the scholarship will be awarded to two students – one from Central and one from South High School – based academic performance, as well as their participation both the high school and
outside communities. They are also required to write a 250-word essay describing their view of citizenship.
Both MacLeans graduated from Central High School during the Great Depression, and the MacLean scholarship represents a lifetime of commitment to both the school district and the community. Edward MacLean served on the District 25 and Central H.S.D. boards of education for 25 years, including stints as president on both boards. He also worked as a volunteer on the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Services and the PTA, among many other projects. Genevieve served in various roles in the PTA and BOCES.
Edward MacLean also few 97 combat missions as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Richard MacLean attended the meeting and talked about the significance of the scholarships for himself and his brother and two sisters, Greg, Nancy, and Peggy. They had looked for a way to honor their parents for their long services, as well as expressing their own gratitude for all they had received. “The scholarship is a way to recognize what our mom and dad in helping to make Valley Stream a great place to live,” Richard said. “Students already have the benefit of the Valley Stream education that served us so well,” he said. “Maybe this will give hem cause to emulate our parents in serving whatever community they become a part of.”
The scholarships will be offered at each school and are for members of the class of 2018. Those interested in applying should contact their respective guidance counselors for deadlines, essay requirements and other information.