Education & Youth

April 20, 2018

Alison Varian Memorial Scholarship Fund

In memory of Alison Varian, an avid boater and fisherman, this scholarship is given to students who want to pursue careers in aquaculture, fisheries or marine science.

The Alison Varian Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2018.

The Fund honors the legacy of Alison Varian, who lost a courageous six-year battle with cancer on April 28, 2017. The Fund memorializes Alison’s many contributions to aquaculture, boating safety, fishing, fisheries, and the ecology of Long Island Sound. Alison was an avid boater and fisherman who contributed to her community in many ways. Over the years, she diligently served as Chair of the Town of Guilford Shellfish and Harbor Management Commissions, Treasurer of the Guilford Marina Commission, certified U.S. Coast Guard vessel examiner, and Commander of the Power Squadron (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving maritime safety and enjoyment through education.)

Beyond these contributions, Alison was a very special and inspiring person. Apart from her many interests, she had a talent for working with people. She knew how to help individuals understand themselves and each other. When differences arose, she found a way to bring people together. She was selfless, brave, and always courteous. Even during her long struggle with illness, Alison managed to keep all of her commitments, always with a smile on her face.

The Alison Varian Memorial Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships to graduating seniors of The Sound School in New Haven who intend to pursue careers in aquaculture, fisheries, or marine science. The first scholarship award was presented in June 2018.

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