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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 165 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 50 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


GSA News

GSA Opens Doors for Local Students

Each year, the Geneva Scholarship Association (GSA) hosts a benefit Casino Night to raise money for local scholarships for academically and financially deserving Geneva High School graduates who want to attend Hobart and William Smith. Presented in partnership with HWS, the GSA reception will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Cent...  More >>

Celebrating Geneva Scholarship Associates

Now in its 46th year of providing scholarship support for academically deserving Geneva High School graduates to attend the Colleges, the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) celebrated this year's recipients and thanked donors during a gathering in the Scandling Campus Center on Wednesday evening. More than 125 graduates, parents, GSA recipients and community members were in attendance. "These st...  More >>

Geneva Scholarship Associates Recognized

More than 100 community members and students gathered at the annual Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) dinner to honor this year's recipients and to celebrate the GSA's 45th anniversary. The evening began with a warm welcome from Vice President of Advancement Bob O'Connor, who spoke both about the GSA's importance not only to students but to the longstanding relationship between the city and the...  More >>

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 >>


2014-2015 GSA SCHOLARS

As of April 28, 2014

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
Mei-Wah Choi ’16
Michael DeRosa ’16
Mary Dinan ’15
Isiah Grady ’17
Isabelle Latimer ’16
Alex Love ’15
Morgan Onorato ’16
Mark Pitifer ’18
Jesse Singelton ’18
Sarah Taylor ’18

Jack Houston GSA Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dylan Doeblin ’18
Brian Tosado-Prater ’17

Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan GSA Endowed Scholarship

Sean Cunningham ’17

Mary E. Kelleher GSA Endowed Scholarship

Anne Choi ’18
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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Board Members

Sarah Heieck '97

Immediate Past President
Jim Vedora '95

Greg Baker '00

Chris Dinan P'15

Walter Gage '62 P'91

Jen Harris

Mary Luckern

Sarah Mantell '06

Bill McGowan

Judith McKinney P'13

Mark Miller

Jean Shutter '92

Robert Sollenne P'15

Carl Wenzel P'05

HWS Admissions Liaison
Bill Warder

HWS Campus Initiatives
Mary-Ann Rolfe