Essex Clint Allen knows what the value of a scholarship can be.
Allen, a part-time resident of Essex along with his wife, Lawson, was able to go to Harvard University thanks to a scholarship. Since then, the couple has created a pair of scholarships at Harvard over the past 16 years to help students receive an education at the Ivy League institution.
The Allens also wanted to offer a chance to help youth in the Essex Community receive funding as they sought to continue their education.
“Over the past years, I have developed a love for the Essex community as my wife has had since her family has been coming here since 1903,” Allen said. “We wanted to do something for Essex, and I mentioned to Nick Muller the idea of a scholarship and he was very supportive.”
Allen said that with the help of Muller, the Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship was created to give to a graduate from the town of Essex who was pursuing a college education in the amount of $2,500 annually for four years.
“It’s really what we like to do,” Allen said. “It is something that is really gratifying to help these students and something we really believe in.”
This year, the scholarship was awarded to Tyler Bridge, who plans on attending Paul Smith’s College in the fall.
“It is an honor to receive this and I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Allen for the award,” Bridge said.
As part of the announcement of the winner, Allen also announced that the family would be adding a $200,000 endowment to the scholarship fund.
“We will continue to fund the scholarship in addition to this endowment,” he said. “However, this endowment is being made so long after we are gone, the scholarship will still remain in perpetuity.”
This was the second year that the Lawson and Clint Allen Scholarship was awarded. The ceremony was held at the College For Every Student offices in Essex July 2.