Scholarships

Prospective Students


Norm Sebastain Scholarship in Meteorology

Norm Sebastain Scholarship in Meteorology

Background

The Norman Sebastian Scholarship in Meteorology is named for a 1979 Lyndon State College Atmospheric Sciences Department alumnus who passed away in 2000. Norm enjoyed a successful career on The Weather Channel for three years and then became a full-time meteorologist at WNYT in Albany, New York. He grew up on a dairy farm in Preston, CT, loved the outdoors, enjoyed hiking, and was a Civil War enthusiast.

Norm prided himself on his reputation as a broadcaster with a sharp wit who recognized the importance of providing his viewers with a high quality weather forecast presented in a professional, but approachable, manner. He was motivated, outgoing, and friendly, with high energy and a very positive outlook on life. Norm’s family, friends, Lyndon State College Atmospheric Sciences Alumni, colleagues, and loyal viewers established this scholarship in honor of his memory in 2001.

Criteria and Award

This scholarship is given annually to an Atmospheric Sciences major who is in the first year of study at Lyndon State College. The criteria are:

  • Motivation – as shown in a two-page type-written essay on their life and accomplishments;
  • Academic potential in the sciences – as shown on a transcript of high school (or other college) academic work.
  • Financial need – as shown on Lyndon State College financial aid application forms.
  • This scholarship is in the amount of $500 and is recognized at an all-campus student award ceremony.

Application and Selection

Applicants should submit their materials by March 15 to:

Lyndon State College
Atmospheric Sciences Department
Attn: Administrative Assistant
PO Box 919
Lyndonville, VT 05851

Materials should consist of:

  • An essay explaining your career and educational aspirations and how you plan to reach those goals;
  • Outline of any volunteer or community service work;
  • Any information pertinent to the Norm Sebastian Scholarship.

Obligation of Recipient

The recipient must:

  • Attend Lyndon State College as a full-time student in the B.S. Atmospheric Sciences degree program;
  • Attend the Rising Student Award ceremony to receive recognition;
  • Send written acknowledgement of appreciation of the scholarship to the Atmospheric Sciences Department, c/o Atmospheric Sciences Department Administrative Assistant for forwarding to the Sebastian family by October 1.


Current Students


Gil Ford Award

Gil Ford Award

Background

The Gil Ford Award commemorates the life and work of Gil Ford, a resident of West Burke, Vermont. Gil volunteered as the local NWS co-operative weather observer in 1931 and for the next 68 years never missed a single observation. Gil’s weather observations were a valuable source of information to the National Weather Service and have been studied for years by meteorology students at Lyndon State College. Gil demonstrated outstanding service to his community throughout his life. Outgoing and gregarious, Gil, in his later years, delighted in writing the college and talking with meteorology students about his weather and life experiences.

The Atmospheric Sciences Department strongly believes that many of Gil’s personal attributes (his interest and dedication to meteorology, his commitment to community service, his strong work ethic, and his respect for others) are qualities that are common to those who wish to make a positive contribution to the field of meteorology and to their community.

Criteria and Award

The award is given annually to a graduating Atmospheric Sciences senior who has demonstrated:

  • Outstanding scholarship;
  • Outstanding leadership;
  • Outstanding personal integrity;
  • Great potential for the advancement of Atmospheric Sciences over the course of his/her career;
  • Unselfish service to the community.
  • This award is in the amount of $200 and will be announced at the Robing Ceremony in May.

Application and Selection

  • Applicants should submit their summary and materials to the Atmospheric Sciences Department Administrative Assistant by April 1.
  • Achievements – shown with a resume.
  • Academic record – shown with an unofficial Lydon State College transcript.
  • Career goals and philosophy – shown with a one-page summary.
  • The recipient will be selected by the Atmospheric Sciences Department faculty.

Obligation of Recipient

All applicants are expected to attend the Robing Ceremony.


Gil and Avis Ford Scholarship in Meteorology

Gil and Avis Ford Scholarship in Meteorology

Background

The Gil and Avis Ford Scholarship in Meteorology is named for the dedicated NWS Cooperative Observer, Gil Ford. Gil, with his wife Avis’ assistance, recorded weather observations at their West Burke, Vermont home for over 68 years without missing a day. The Lyndon State College Meteorology Department, students and faculty enjoyed a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship with the Fords for over 20 years and use their data for research and classes.

In 2002, Gil and Avis established a scholarship to help students achieve their educational dreams and realize their full personal potential through the study of meteorology at Lyndon State College. Gil passed away in 2002 and Avis passed away in 2003; both were 97 and had been married for 77 years. They are well known in the area as unassuming helpful folks of high integrity who were community oriented and had pleasant and friendly personalities.

Criteria and Award

This scholarship is given annually to a continuing Lyndon State College Atmospheric Sciences major. The criteria are:

  • Academic potential – shown by academic achievement during full-time study toward the BS Atmospheric Sciences degree at Lyndon State College,
  • Continued study toward the BS Atmospheric Sciences degree at Lyndon State College – shown by registration for the fall semester, and
  • Community involvement (on-and/or off-campus) – shown by a two-page typed essay summarizing activities and accomplishments.
  • This scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the recipient is recognized at an all-campus student award ceremony.

Application and Selection

  • Applicants should submit their essay to the Atmospheric Sciences Department Administrative Assistant by May 1.
  • The selection committee will obtain the transcript and proof of pre-registration. The recipient will be announced early in the summer.

Obligations of Recipient

The recipient must:

  • Attend Lyndon State College as a full-time student in the B.S. Atmospheric Sciences degree program in the fall of the year the application is submitted,
  • Attend the Rising Student Award ceremony to receive recognition, and
  • Send written acknowledgement of appreciation of the scholarship to the Atmospheric Sciences Department, c/o Atmospheric Sciences Department Administrative Assistant for forwarding to the Ford family by October 1.


Jim Cantore Scholarship Fund

Jim Cantore Scholarship Fund

Background

Jim Cantore, Lyndon State College class of 1986, respected and popular on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel (TWC), funded this scholarship in 2006. Jim’s ability to combine quality weather content with a dynamic reporting style earned him a large and loyal national viewership.

The host of TWC’s educational “Storm Stories” and “Ask Cantore” is also known for his informative and exciting weathercasting from the fury of major hurricanes. The scholarship honors an incoming Atmospheric Sciences major in the department’s TV concentration whose high school experiences indicate ability, talent, and motivation.

Criteria and Award

This scholarship is given annually to an Atmospheric Sciences major. The criteria are:

  • A freshman Atmospheric Sciences major specializing in the television weathercasting concentration;
  • Strong potential and interest in TV weathercasting.
  • This award is in the amount of $500 and is renewable for one year upon satisfactory college progress.
  • The recipient is recognized at an all-campus student award ceremony.

Application and Selection

Applicants should submit their materials by March 15 to:

Lyndon State College
Atmospheric Sciences Department
Attn: Administrative Assistant
PO Box 919
Lyndonville, VT 05851

Materials should consist of:

  • An essay explaining your career and educational aspirations and how you plan to reach those goals;
  • Outline of any volunteer or community service work;
  • Any information pertinent to the Jim Cantore Scholarship.

Obligation of Recipient

The recipient must:

  • Attend Lyndon State College as a full-time student in the B.S. Atmospheric Sciences degree program with a broadcasting concentration;
  • Attend the Rising Student Award ceremony to receive recognition;
  • Send written acknowledgement of appreciation of the scholarship to the Atmospheric Sciences Department, c/o Atmospheric Sciences Department Administrative Assistant for forwarding to Jim Cantore by October 1.


Additional Information

More information about financial aid and scholarships can also be found on the LSC financial aid & scholarships webpage.