Published DateGILFORD — Applications are now being accepted for 2013 Nathan J. Babcock Scholarship Fund grants. Students who are graduating from Gilford and Laconia high schools are eligible to apply if they are planning to attend a post-secondary program in the fall of this year. Students who have graduated in past years from one of the two schools, and who are still pursing an education, may also apply. Eligible post-secondary educational program include, but are not limited to four year colleges, two year colleges, apprenticeships and technical program.
Nathan was a senior at Gilford High School when he found out the biggest battle of his life was upon him in the form of a rare type of cancer. He battled with dignity and grace, but died on Sept., 28, 2005. His wish was to go to college and he planned to attend the University of Rhode Island, but he never got the chance. The purpose of the Nathan J. Babcock Scholarship fund is to financially assist students with their endeavors towards post-secondary education, to help them with opportunity Nate never got.
Nathan was known for his positive demeanor, his great enthusiasm for life, and his ability to light up a room. Those who knew him best remember him for all these things, but more importantly, for his extremely kind and giving nature, his constant reaching out to others in need without any concern for acknowledgment. It is these qualities The Nathan Babcock Fund is most interested in. The concepts of kindness and compassion in one's daily life and how one contributes to others are the key criteria used in awarding Nathan Babcock Scholarships.