Adam Leitman Bailey awarded the first Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship in 2008 in honor of his high-school cross-country and track coach, Raymond “Hap” Harrison. The scholarship is awarded annually to high school graduates attending college. To receive this accolade, a recipient must possess many of the ideals and traits Raymond Harrison instilled in Mr. Bailey, including deep-seated values of success and the desire to make the world a better place through helping others. Additionally, the recipient must also demonstrate financial need and strong academic achievement.
The Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship is funded through the Building Foundations charity, founded by Adam Leitman Bailey in 2002. The charity’s mission is to assist students of all ages in pursuing their professional and personal dreams by providing financing, scholarships, education, internships, real-life experience and any other tools necessary to reach these dreams.
Today, a number of scholarships are given out each year to his alma mater as well as to students at underserved New York City high schools. To date, all scholarships have been self-funded by Adam Leitman Bailey.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you qualify for the Raymond ‘‘Hap’’ Harrison Scholarship?
To receive the Harrison accolades, a recipient must possess many of the ideals and traits that Raymond Harrison instilled in Adam Leitman Bailey. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and strong academic achievement, while at the same time pursuing Mr. Harrison’s deep-seated values of success and the desire to make the world a better place through helping others.
The faculty of New Milford High School chooses the recipient each year along with Adam Leitman Bailey choosing exceptional high school interns. You must meet the following criteria:
- Economic need
- Strong academic achievement
- Pursue Mr. Harrison’s goals of success and to make the world a better place to live through helping others
- Achieve stellar academic success as determined by a group consisting of Ray Harrison and the administration of New Milford High School, or be an outstanding high school intern
- To renew the scholarship each year, the winner must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA.
How do you apply for the Raymond ‘‘Hap’’ Harrison Scholarship?
To apply for this scholarship please apply though New Milford High School or directly to [email protected] for high school internship opportunities.
How did the Raymond "Hap" Harrison Scholarship get started?
Adam Leitman Bailey endowed a scholarship in honor of his high school cross country and track coach, Raymond “Hap” Harrison. The scholarship has been awarded annually to New Milford High School graduates and law firm high school interns that will be attending university. Mr. Bailey graduated from New Milford High School in 1988.
Who was the first to receive the Raymond ‘‘Hap’’ Harrison Scholarship?
The first scholarship was awarded on June 10th, 2009 to Merlyn Jacob, a graduating senior of New Milford High School in Bergen County, New Jersey. Ms. Jacob then qualified for and received full tuition for the duration of her studies at Rutgers University.
The second scholarship was awarded to Kinjal Desai, a graduating senior of the 2009 New Milford High School class.
To honor each year’s recipient, New Milford High School has designed and placed a large plaque in the halls of the high school for all students to strive and aspire to. Building Foundations and Dreams also provides each recipient with their own crystal award to acknowledge their achievement.
Who is Raymond "Hap" Harrison?
Mr. Raymond ‘‘Hap’’ Harrison served as the head boys track and field coach for 31 years, Language Arts teacher for 33 years, and Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Program for seven years from 2001 until 2008 at New Milford High School, located in New Milford, New Jersey. Raymond was named 2007’s North Jersey Track Coach of the Year. He is also the recipient of a Hall of Fame award from the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association, having won five league championships, a state sectional championship, two county relay championships and a county group championship.
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