Beecher Scholarship

Awarded to a High School Senior residing in Greene County


Applicants must submit an article on local history

The Greene County Historical Society established the Raymond Beecher Scholarship in 2007 to honor Dr. Raymond Beecher’s 90th birthday. Dr. Beecher passed away in 2008 but left behind a rich legacy. He authored several books on local history including Letters for a Revolution, Under Three Flags, Out to Greenville and Kaaterskill Clove Where Nature Met Art. Dr. Beecher also published a weekly column, Greene Gleanings in the Catskill Daily Mail, was Greene County Historian, Trustee Emeritus of the Society, Librarian Emeritus of the Society’s Vedder Research Library, and the driving force behind the Society saving the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Jan Van Loon House in Athens.


A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner. The scholarship is available to any high school senior who resides in Greene County. The student will have to complete a 3-5 page article related to Greene County History. All articles must be original, written in acceptable English style, word-processed and double-spaced. Also, a bibliography or Work Cited page should accompany all articles. The quality of resources used will be a factor in the selection of the winning essay. The Vedder Research Library (located on the grounds of the Bronck Museum) is open for primary source research. It is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm. A panel of three Society Trustees will judge the project. Articles submitted may be published in the Society’s Quarterly Journal. Students should submit their project to: Beecher Scholarship, GCHS, Inc., PO Box 44, Coxsackie, NY 12051. (Don’t forget to include your address, phone number and high school with your submission.) The deadline for receiving the project is May 1, 2017.


Announcement of the scholarship will be given at graduation or award ceremonies at the student’s high school. An article may also appear in the local newspapers regarding the scholarship winner. Payment of the award will be given to the student at their graduation or award ceremony.


Enclosed is a poster for placement in the school. To build interest, Senior English and/or Social Studies teachers might be interested in tailoring an assignment that would involve research on some aspect of local history. In addition, the application should be posted on the school’s website if possible.


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Barnhart, Operations Manager, GCHS, Inc. at, 518-731-1033 or Box 44, Coxsackie, NY 12051.