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Local students benefit from 1923 act of town generosity

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The trustees of the Helene Morgan Babcock and Alfred Babcock Memorial Scholarship Trust have announced the award of scholarships to graduating seniors of the class of 2006. The class of 2006 recipients is the second class of graduates to benefit from the generosity of its benefactors, Helene Morgan Babcock and Alfred Babcock. The scholarships are available to all graduating seniors residing in Dunstable, regardless of high school attended.

The trustees have selected five individuals to receive the Babcock Scholarship awards this year. Kara Cover of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School was selected to receive a scholarship of $4,000 per year for each of the next four years, a total of $16,000. Lauren Julian and Jake Manning, both of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, were each granted one-time awards of $2,000. Benjamin Simmons, graduating from Nashoba Valley Technical High School, and Christine M. Sniezek, graduating from F.W. Parker Charter Essential School, will also receive one-time awards of $2,000.

The benefactor of this scholarship, Helene Morgan Babcock, was one of 17 children raised in Dunstable. The family home was destroyed by fire in 1923, four years before Helene was born. Residents of Dunstable welcomed the family into their homes while the Morgan home was rebuilt. This gesture of community kindness was never forgotten by Helene’s mother; she reminded her children “to please remember the kindness of the people of Dunstable.”

Remembering her mother’s words, Helene upon her death bestowed her entire estate to the town of Dunstable for scholarships for graduating seniors. A trust has been established and is managed by nine trustees, all members of the Dunstable community as well as Ramona Hunt of Orange, Texas, a niece of Helene.

The sentiment of the trustees is that “we could not have rewarded more suitable candidates that personify the qualities of Helene Morgan Babcock and her wishes to repay the kindness and the community of Dunstable.”

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