Sierra Kitson and Maria Noto Awarded Bassett Youth Foundation Scholarships

Bassett Medical Center

May 23, 2017

Cooperstown High School seniors Sierra Kitson and Maria Noto were recently each awarded a $500 scholarship by the Charles H. Bassett Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Community Foundation for South Central New York. The students received their scholarships in a brief ceremony at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown May 17.DSC_0247.JPG

Kitson, who plans to attend SUNY Oneonta to pursue a nursing career, received the Elizabeth and Benjamin Bassett Scholarship for excellence in academics, balanced development, and willingness to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. Noto received the Mary Augusta and Wilson T. Bassett Scholarship, which recognizes excellence in scholarship, good character and exemplary service to others in the community. Noto is going to pursue English and theatre at Wesleyan University this fall.

Both students have been involved in many volunteer and community service activities throughout high school and excel academically. They each thanked their families and educators in the Cooperstown school system for supporting and guiding them over the past 12 years.

Bassett Medical Center Vice President of Human Resources Sara Albright acknowledged the many accomplishments of Noto and Kitson and said, “That sort of character and service will serve you incredibly well as you pursue the next chapter in your life. Seeing what needs to be done and raising your hand is the path forward. The world needs more people who will raise their hands.” Albright noted that, “Robert Bassett and the Bassett family have had their hands up a long time. We all benefit from the commitment to family, community and investment in our area youth.” 

Robert Bassett closed the program by encouraging the students to, “Remember the past, and know and value yourself. That is what’s important in life.”

The Bassett Youth Foundation awards 22 scholarships of $500 annually to graduating seniors at Cooperstown Central School, Binghamton High School, Morris Central School and Owego Free Academy. The two Cooperstown scholarships honor three generations of Bassett families, including Mary Imogene Bassett, who The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital (now doing business as Bassett Medical Center) was built and named for in the 1920s.

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