Winfield L. Foote Award for Academic Excellence - Rising College Juniors and Seniors

Purpose: It is the purpose of the Stratham Historical Society, Inc. a non-profit organization to establish a program of educational awards, with the moneys received from the investment of the Winfield L. Foote Endowment Fund. These scholarships and awards shall be known as “The Stratham Historical Society Winfield L. Foote Award for Academic Excellence". The criteria for awarding these monies shall be in keeping with the stated mission of the Society – “to promote the study of the prehistoric and historic past of  Stratham, New Hampshire, and of communities and cultures related to that history.”

Award Criteria: The Society will make one or more awards to rising college juniors and seniors. Each award will be a minimum of $1,500. Awards will be made to applicants majoring in one of the following areas of study:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Civil engineering
  • Community planning/town planning
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental science
  • Genealogy
  • History
  • Museum studies
  • Sociology

Awardees will be selected based on academic excellence. Legal residents of Stratham, Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, and Newfields attending an accredited college or university may apply. Awards will be made based on the match between the student's professional goals, the mission of the Stratham Historical Society, and demonstrated academic excellence and leadership. In case of a tie, Stratham residents will have priority.

The due date for applications shall be February 15th. The application includes the following:

  • Application Form (see link to document at top of page).
  • Official college transcript including first semester of the current academic year.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay (500 words or less) discussing the applicant’s professional goals.
  • Two recommendations from college/university faculty members in the student’s major field of study.

Award: The amount and number of awards will be based on the payout from the Winfield L. Foote Endowment and the number of qualified applicants. The award will be made to the awardee’s account at his or her college/university. The Scholarship Committee decision is final.

Please note that a complete application must include all items listed above.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to gather all paperwork required to complete the scholarship application and submit by mail, in one envelope, to:

The Scholarship Committee
Stratham Historical Society
P.O. Box 39
Stratham, NH 03885

Completed application packets must be received by the February 15th deadline in order to be considered.

**Questions may be left on the voicemail at (937) 478-0125 (well in advance of the deadline).**