A New Award for an UES High School Senior

The first annual Barbara J. Chocky Memorial Award for Public Service will go to a student committed to social justice

| 24 Apr 2022 | 04:01

WANTED: UES high school students to apply for Award for Public Service – To honor the memory of Barbara Chocky, a trailblazer and a role model for many young people throughout her decades of public service, the first annual Barbara J. Chocky Memorial Award for Public Service will go to a high school senior committed to social justice. In recognition of Barbara Chocky’s decades of exemplary public service – Community Board 8, Hunter College, Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association – and leadership, the first annual Barbara J. Chocky Award for Public Service will go to a high school senior who lives on the Upper East Side and is involved in social justice issues, civic or political life. The first $1,000 Annual Award will be presented in June 2022.

The Award was started by Barbara’s close friends Pete Grannis, former Assemblyman and currently First Deputy Comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, and Amy Baxter, former aide to Grannis, with a GoFundMe Campaign following Barbara’s death in October 2021. City Council Member Gale Brewer, a longtime friend of Barbara’s, said, ”It is very fitting to honor Barbara’s deep commitment to social justice by awarding an annual scholarship to a high school senior who demonstrates an ongoing dedication to continue her legacy.“

Students eligible for the award must reside on the UES – from East 59th St. to East 96th St., from Fifth Ave to the East River, and Roosevelt Island. All applicants should be in good academic standing at their high school and must submit a one-page essay on their involvement in community service, electoral politics and/or government, as well as volunteerism.

Applications and an official transcript should be sent to: BarbaraChockyMemorialAward@gmail.com by May 13, 2022. Finalists will be contacted for interview in May. The Barbara J. Chocky Memorial Award committee will consider diversity, equity and inclusion when reviewing applications.

Follow @chockyaward on Twitter and on Instagram at @chockyaward.

Donations to the fund may be made to the Barbara J. Chocky Memorial Award on GoFundMe.

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