At the end of May, our partner VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) hosted its annual scholarship reception and lunch. As in previous years, I attended along with several members of our Board of Trustees and our new Director of Advancement, Joyce Cellars. Four of our Curtis Fund grantees spoke to the roomful of students and guests about their life experiences and each talked about how important financial help was to his or her success. It was a powerful event and hearing directly from grantees inspires me to do more. As I listened, I realized that these young people are truly amazing. One of those grantees at the reception was Chelsea Martin who said, “Without the support from VSAC and The Curtis Fund, I would not have been able to attend college. Being able to go to the college that challenged me and gave me a wonderful education was life-changing for me and my family.” Not only was financial assistance life-changing for Chelsea and her family, but now she is providing life-changing help for her community by working as an Early Interventionist with children from birth to 3 years of age who have developmental delays or medical conditions.

It is more important than ever to help as many talented and eager students get a post-secondary education so that they can compete in this ever-changing world we live in. As we move ahead, The Curtis Fund is hoping to grow its endowment in order to increase scholarship amounts and help more students. One step toward our future goal was for The Curtis Fund to add Joyce to our team and, over the next few months, she will be meeting those in our Curtis Fund community.

I am looking forward to this new stage in the Fund’s history. We have a lot of work to do but knowing the real-life impact of our efforts, we are determined. With Joyce’s expertise, the commitment of our Board of Trustees, and the support of VSAC, I know we will succeed and so will more amazing Curtis scholars, just like Chelsea.

—Joe Boutin, Chair, The Curtis Fund Board of Trustees