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Some of the STG awards are created to honor a person or organization. Established and funded by individuals, companies, civic groups and foundations, these awards, like all STG awards, benefit Staples High School graduates with demonstrated financial need.

HONOR

By providing tuition assistance to Staples High School seniors and graduates with demonstrated financial need, these awards help students close the gap between what their family can afford and the expected cost of tuition at the student’s chosen college or vocational school.

RESPECT

Some of these STG Named Awards have been awarded annually for over 50 years. They are the foundation of the Staples Tuition Grants and have helped a remarkable group of young adults go on to become productive contributors to Wesport’s community and beyond. These ‘Named’ Awards recognize beloved members of the Town of Westport.

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Milton Fisher Award

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Milton Fisher Award

Milton Fisher, who made his home in Westport from 1960 until his death in 2001, was an attorney and an investment banker. He was known for his sense of humor, his insights into people and their problems, and his zest for making the world better in ways both big and small. He taught Applied Creativity, a unique course for adults, in Staples’ Continuing Education program. For over 25 years the popular class focused on helping people be more creative in all aspects of their lives. Students developed creative problem-solving skills and innovative approaches to challenges that they faced individually, or in their community. He was the author of a number of books, including Intuition: How to Use it in your Life.

Bobbie Flynn-Johnson Award

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Bobbie Flynn-Johnson Award

This Staples Tuition Grant was established in honor of Bobbie Flynn-Johnson to reflect her wholehearted commitment to helping young students succeed.  As a special education teacher at Coleytown Elementary School for a remarkable 37 years, Mrs. Flynn-Johnson selflessly dedicated her time and attention to her students and their families.  She retired in 2020 as a champion for student learning and achievement.  She worked tirelessly to help her students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  Mrs. Flynn-Johnson’s love for her children permeated everything she did at CES.  She encouraged her students to work hard, keep a positive attitude, and reach their maximum potential.  This scholarship will be awarded in Mrs. Flynn-Johnson’s honor to a graduating senior who embodies the same dedication and passion for helping others succeed as she has.  The recipient of this scholarship will be a student who demonstrates consistent dedication to his or her work and who embraces every opportunity to succeed.  The recipient will demonstrate a commitment to working with children and a desire to pursue a career in education, advocacy, or youth services.

Fonteyne Family Award

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Fonteyne Family Award

The Fonteynes consider themselves fortunate to have received a great high school and undergraduate education in their home country of Belgium. With a combination of grant support, family support and work study, they were left debt-free after graduate school in the U.S. They regard the combination of a strong education and their lack of significant debt as key drivers of their good fortune in the U.S. and in Westport. This STG award is a manifestation of their desire to help others obtain the opportunity for a similar start in life.

Richard Franzis Character Award

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Richard Franzis Character Award

Richard Franzis was an assistant principal at Staples High School until his retirement in 2019. He began his career at Staples in 1998 as the Dean of Students, having served as assistant principal at Brookfield (CT) High School, and having taught chemistry and biology at Darien High School for over 12 years. In addition to his career in education, Rich retired as a colonel from the United States Army Reserve in 2014 after thirty-four years of service. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq from July 2007 through June of 2008, and is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during combat operations. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and in 2016 was inducted into the Connecticut Army National Guard Officer Hall of Fame. Richard was an upstanding member of the Staples community who exhibited an extraordinary blend of strength, compassion and judgement.

Sharon and Bud Frey Memorial Award

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Sharon and Bud Frey Memorial Award

Sharon grew up in Weston, Staples Class of 1964, and Bud grew up on Anchor Lane in Westport, the Class of 1959. Smitten with each other from the start, Sharon and Bud Frey raised four children in Westport, all Staples grads as well. Sharon was a beloved teacher at the Nature Center and at Green’s Farms Preschool. She nurtured, encouraged and taught countless Westport toddlers including her own children and oldest grandchildren. Her patience, kind-hearted manner and genuinely warm smile will always be remembered. In December of 2002, Sharon died after a long battle against cancer. Without his beloved wife, Bud continued to play the role of favorite babysitter to all ten of his grandchildren and to his grandnieces and grandnephew. His loyalty and devotion to his own family, siblings, nieces, countless friends and the game of golf will always be remembered. Bud died in August 2015 after a long battle with leukemia.