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Greg Schena, a popular teacher at Cheshire High School who also served as a coach, was killed tragically in a car accident with a drunk driver in May of 2010, will live on in two scholarships that will be given in his name. Below is the press release provided by the Cheshire Education Foundation in regards to the scholarships:
Greg Schena may be gone, but his legacy will continue to do what he loved best in life: help young people. Schena was a teacher and assistant football coach at Cheshire High School and a track coach at Moran Middle School in Wallingford when he died last May. Funds donated in his memory have established the Greg Schena Memorial Scholarship which will be awarded to two Cheshire High students this year for the first time.
“This will keep Greg’s memory alive,” said his mother, Mary Ellen Schena. “The selection criteria for the scholarship are a reflection of the values and ideals that were important in Greg’s life,” added his father Richard Schena.
The Greg Schena Memorial Scholarship will be administered by the Cheshire Education Foundation. It will award two $1,000 scholarships to one Cheshire High football player and one hockey player based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, dedication to family, hard work and demonstrated financial need.
Dr. Barry Feldman, who chairs the Scholarship Committee for the Cheshire Education Foundation, said the two award winners will each have to be committed to helping young people in their post-college careers. “This commitment was central to Greg’s life,” said Dr. Feldman, who worked with the Schena family in the founding of the scholarship.
Greg Schena was a 2001 graduate of Cheshire High School where he played football and hockey. He received degrees in Health and Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University. Greg is remembered by family, friends and students for his humor and compassion, his integrity, strong work ethic, and his love of sports.
“These are the qualities that we want to encourage and reward when we choose the first winners of the Greg Schena Memorial Scholarship this spring,” said CEF Chairman John Capone.
Information on how to apply for the scholarship and its requirements will be available in March when Cheshire High School distributes is Scholarship Packet. “This brings to nine the total of scholarship programs that CEF administers,” said Dr. Feldman. “It’s all part of our mission to enhance the education and assist the students in Cheshire Public Schools,” added Capone.
More information about this scholarship, and others available to students, can be obtained by contacting the Cheshire High School Guidance Department, (203) 250-2511.