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Norman Sebastian Scholarship in Meteorology


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.