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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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Tauck Impact Award

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Tauck Impact Award

Tauck, a family owned company, has been in the business of providing luxury escorted tours around the world since 1925. The company’s unrelenting pursuit of excellence and commitment to making a positive impact in the community is not unlike that of the Staples students the company has witnessed through the Senior Internship Program. To honor the company’s relationship with Staples High School, Tauck is pleased to provide this award to a student who has exhibited an unrelenting commitment to excellence and a dedication to giving back in a meaningful and impactful way.

Temple Lodge #65 Award

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Temple Lodge #65 Award

Temple Lodge #65 was chartered in 1824 and has been serving the community of Westport, CT ever since. In fact, many Brothers of the Lodge were founding fathers of Westport when the town was incorporated in 1835. Being essentially a philanthropic organization, Masonry is the biggest contributor to charities in the world. In keeping with the spirit of Masonry, the Westport Masons are proud to establish this scholarship award to provide financial assistance to Staples graduates to pursue higher education.

Cody Randall Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund Award

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Cody Randall Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund Award

Cody Thomas was a beloved English teacher at Staples High School and co-advisor of Inklings, the SHS award-winning student newspaper which received Gold Medal and Silver Crown recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Cody graduated from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and held a master’s degree from UConn. After graduation, he was a freelance writer for the Stamford Advocate and was editor of the rock journal, Revolver. His love of music led him to study music at NYU and play in many local bands. Cody was also an Instructor for the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. As a teacher at Staples, he had a strong connection with students and was known to help make kids better people as well as better students. He was an encouraging, accepting, caring teacher who inspired his students to work to their potential and be proud of their accomplishments. He was loved by friends, family, and students alike.