Andover Norton Children’s Fund Scholarship
The Norton Children’s Fund was established when Chester D. Norton, an Andover farmer who died in 1891, specified in his will that $3,000 was to be left for the poor children of Andover. Local legend has it that when Chester was a child his poor family could not afford the eyeglasses he needed and a kindly gentleman provided the family with funds for Chester’s eyeglasses. Many years later when making his will Chester remembered that act of kindness and left an act of kindness of his own that continues giving to this very day.
Over the years the Commission has relied donations to increase the principal from the original $3,000 to nearly $9,000 today. Only the interest income and private donations are expended each year. Funds are used during the year for assistance with back-to-school items, holiday time assistance, and an annual scholarship.
The Norton Commission scholarship is available to any and all high school students and is not based on financial need. Chairman of the Andover Norton Children’s Fund Commission, Betsy Houle, has announced that the Commission will once again be offering a scholarship to a deserving Andover high school senior to help finance their post high school education.
Scholarship application forms are available here, at the Town Office Building, or at the Guidance Counselor’s office at RHAM high school. An application form may be requested by e-mail from the Norton Commission’s Secretary at Deardianne@comcast.net. Please refer to the scholarship application for the deadline (it is usually some time in May). Completed applications should be sent to the Norton Commission, c/o Andover Town Office Building, 17 School Road, Andover, CT 06232.
Each year, the Norton Commission members meet in early June to select the recipient of the current year’s scholarship, as well as the allocation of funds for next year’s back-to-school needs.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Norton Children’s Fund may send a check to: Norton Commission, c/o Andover Town Office Building, 17 School Road, Andover, CT 06232.