Amaya Nina

Amaya Nina graduated from New Milford High School, the home of Raymond “Hap” Harrison and Adam Leitman Bailey’s alma mater. She will be attending a four-year university to study Speech Language and Hearing Sciences.

As part of the Building Foundations organization, Adam Leitman Bailey founded the Raymond “Hap” Harrison scholarship over a decade ago, in honor of his high school cross country and track coach, who inspired him greatly. Since then, the scholarship has been awarded each year to recent high school graduates planning to attend college in the fall.

This year Adam Leitman Bailey presented the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship to Amaya Nina of New Milford High School. Amaya coordinated the research behind finding several hundred local organizations and schools that would serve as the recipients of a huge educational project in which copies of Mr Bailey’s recent children’s book, HOME, were donated to underprivileged and underserved areas.

2017 Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholars Luncheon

Scholarship recipients, old and new, joined Adam Leitman Bailey on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 for the annual Scholars Luncheon. Taking in the new scenery everyone reflected upon their time, thanking Adam for the opportunities and experiences he provided.

Each year Building Foundations and Dreams sits down with these inspiring students (from the most recent university graduates to rising college freshmen) to honor their hard work and celebrate their outstanding achievements, both inside and out of the classroom. At the annual luncheon, the recipients have the chance to talk one-on-one with Mr. Bailey, network with one another, and provide Adam with their latest updates – new jobs, awards received in the previous semester, and other exciting adventures in their personal and professional lives. This year was particularly special, as it marked the tenth year of the scholarship’s existence.