Four West Hartford students received a $5,000 scholarship from the Van Horn Foundation at a breakfast held at Kingswood Oxford School’s Alumni Hall on May 23. The four recipients included: Siobhan Boyle, Hall High School ’19, George Washington University ’23, Fallon Hemingway, Conard High School ’19, Colgate University ’23, Aidan Shea, Kingswood Oxford School ’19, Dickinson College ’23, Meghan O’Shea, Northwest Catholic ’19, Bryn Mawr College ’23.
John “Jay” F. Kearns from Kearns and Kearns in West Hartford presided over the ceremony and acknowledged the many academic and extracurricular accomplishments of the students. He shared the background of the Van Horn family who established the foundation. The Van Horns were people of modest means: Mr. Van Horn was a steelworker, and his wife, Phyllis, worked in a card shop. When Phyllis became ill in 1999, she met with Kearns who advises in estate planning and said she had the vision to benefit the community. Since the Van Horns were childless, they left their entire estate to a charitable foundation, and once a year monies are given to the university each student will attend from one of the four high schools in West Hartford.
“So here we are after 18 years and the Van Horn foundation keeps going, and we keep having great students to pick from. The way we look at this scholarship is as an investment. It’s like buying a blue chip stock and buying something of value. We’re investing in you as a well- rounded, solid citizen. We look at your track record and transcripts; we read your essays and letter of recommendations. Our mission is to reward you for your years of hard work. We’re honoring you and the Van Horns with this breakfast,” Kearns said.
During Aidan's tenure at KO, he was a National Merit Commended Scholar, a community service Hall of Famer, a Team Tobati service member, a member of Model U.N., Senior Prefect, and a captain of the varsity soccer and varsity squash teams. Aidan is also an entrepreneur and opened his own landscape business.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.