The Garden City Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that Brendan John Quinn has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Fund’s Julia Maloney Scholarship.
Brendan is the sixteenth Garden City High School senior to receive this prestigious award. The scholarship was made possible by a generous bequest of the late Julia Maloney, an elementary school teacher in Garden City for 47 years. The announcement of the award, in the amount of $3,000 per year for four years, was made at the annual Senior Awards ceremony at Garden City High School May 30.
Selection for the Julia Maloney Scholarship is based on academic excellence, character, service to school and community, a personal interview and an essay describing a teacher who has had a strong positive influence on the student.
In addition to an outstanding academic record, which includes membership in the National Honor Society and designation as an AP Scholar with Honors, Brendan was a member of the National Latin Honor Society and served as vice president of the National Honor Society, captain of the Math Team, stage manager and crew for Masquers and Science Olympiads.
Brendan had numerous accomplishments outside the school including The Winthrop University Hospital Award for over 100 hours of volunteer service and he was a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program.
During his interview, Brendan spoke most fondly of his work with The Andy Fund, whose motto is “by kids for kids.” He was proud to be able to find a space that needed him and create something positive.
A trustee of the Andy Fund put it best, “Three years ago Brendan took over the electronic section and turned it around. He gathered a group of friends to volunteer with him and over the two days that the yard sale entails, they set up, priced and sold an amazing amount of inventory. Prior to Brendan and his crew taking on this task, our electronic section was a lonely section of the items on our floor. By displaying, pricing and an unbelievable knowledge of their product, not to mention superior customer service, the electronics department has become a real money maker. Brendan is hardworking, innovative and a leader among his peers.”
Brendan will be attending Cornell University in the fall. He embodied everything the late Julia Maloney sought to highlight with this award and we wish him great success in the years ahead.
Submitted by the Garden City Scholarship Fund