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Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) is a community-driven organization that provides endowed scholarship support so that academically and financially deserving Geneva High School graduates from Geneva can attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Since its inception in 1968, GSA has provided scholarship assistance to more than 190 young people, and the GSA Board of Directors has a robust plan to grow the endowment so that in the future, a Hobart and William Smith education will be a realistic option for more students from the Geneva community.

For nearly 45 years the GSA/HWS partnership has grown, and today it is one of many collaborative efforts that underscore the significant relationship between the Geneva community and the Colleges. When community members and businesses support GSA, students of promise gain access to one of the best undergraduate liberal arts educations in the country.

"With the help of a scholarship from GSA, I transferred to the Colleges as a sophomore. I had such an amazing experience at HWS, and I want to help others have access to the same opportunity."

-- Sarah Heieck '97, GSA President

For more information about GSA, please contact Jerry Fisk, Associate Director of Affinity Engagement, at (315) 781-3786 or via e-mail at jfisk@hws.edu.


GSA News

GSA Honors Newest Recipients

Celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA), a gathering to thank donors and recognize scholarship recipients was held at the home of President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan on Wednesday, June 6. More than 100 community members and students were in attendance. “The city of Geneva is full of people who give,” said long-standing GSA supporter Stuart Piltch ...  More >>

Kelleher Bequest to Benefit GSA

Geneva resident Mary Kelleher loved the children of Grove Street, where she spent most of her life, and she could often be found baking cookies for the crowds of kids. Although Kelleher passed away in 1993, her legacy to Geneva children has lived on. Through a recent gift from her estate, Kelleher gave more than $100,000 to Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA), a gift that will benefit the childre...  More >>

Scholarship Named to Honor Gearans

HWS students, graduates, parents, GSA Board Members and other community members gathered to celebrate the 42nd year of Geneva Scholarship Associates. "What began in 1968 with a small group of community members has provided assistance to nearly 200 students to date," said President Mark D. Gearan. "As colleges and universities struggle with the daunting task of balancing budgets, providing schola...  More >>

GSA Casino Night

The Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) Casino Night, a fundraising reception and evening of gaming, will take place on Saturday, April 10. Prizes will be awarded as the evening draws to a close, including gift certificates for Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Geva Theatre, Glenora Wine Cellars, The Belhurst and Yankees tickets. GSA is a community-driven organization that provides endowed scholarship suppo...  More >>

Piltch Commits $7.5M to Scholarships

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have received a pledge of $7.5 million from HWS Trustee Stuart Piltch '82, P'11 and his wife Sari Feldman P'11 in memory of Stuart's parents, Maurice "Roy" and Charlotte "Mildred" Piltch. The gift will establish an endowment to support scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to attend HWS. Recipients will be selected on the basis of demonstrated...  More >>


Current GSA Recipients

Robert R. Freeman Endowed GSA Scholarship

Michael Doeblin '17
Michael Goodman '15

June W. Kuryla Endowed GSA Scholarship

Malorie Maher '17
Ryan Sollenne '15

GSA Endowed Scholarship

Zoe Bradley '16
Kyle Bunce '14
Mei-Wah Choi '16
Michael DeRosa '16
Mary Dinan '15
Lauren Foe '14
Isiah Grady '17
Marshall Keeton '14
Alexander Love '14
Morgan Onorato '16
Allauna Overstreet-Gibson '14

Jack Houston GSA Endowed Scholarship Fund

Brian Tosado-Prater '17

Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan GSA Endowed Scholarship

Sean Cunningham '17

Mary E. Kelleher GSA Endowed Scholarship

Teaganne Finn '16

Support GSA

Help Geneva's students achieve their academic goals by making a gift to Geneva Scholarship Associates.

Giving Levels:

  • Supporting Associate $250 - $499
  • Distinguished Associate $500 - $999
  • Exemplary Associate $1,000 - $1,999
  • Founder's Circle $2,000 +


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Casino Night

GSA Casino Night
Saturday, November 8, 2014

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