2021 Scholarship Winner : Aaron Cohen 

The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library has announced the 2021 recipient of its $1000 Scholarship Award, given annually to a resident of Glastonbury graduating from a public, private or parochial high school and accepted to an accredited college or technical school as a full-time student.  This year’s winner is Aaron Cohen who will be attending Middlebury College to study Environmental Studies and Political Science. Congratulations, Aaron!

Aaron’s Scholarship Essay

Long before I could make sense of a book entirely on my own, I was a regular at Welles Turner Memorial Library. Each week I’d waddle in and find a seat in the circle among my fellow preschoolers, eager to hear what picture book selection the librarian had made. Though I was known to be an energetic, often loud child, the moment a story began I would fall silent. I’d hang on every word, breathlessly waiting to hear what the very hungry caterpillar would consume next. Through programs like these, Welles Turner planted in me a love of reading that would blossom in the years that followed. 

All throughout my elementary school years, I was an avid participant in the library’s Summer Reading initiatives. I’d spend countless afternoons tearing through stacks of The Magic Treehouse and Captain Underpants- at first in pursuit of the coveted Summer Reading T-shirt that was awarded to any participant who finished ten books, but eventually in pursuit of more enthralling stories. I’d find myself begging my mom to let us stop at the library anytime we passed by (a request she was happy to fulfill) and returning home with a brand new stack of stories. I owe the discovery of my favorite pastime to Welles Turner’s incredible dedication to fostering the youth’s love of literature, for even now I find it difficult to drive by the library without stopping in for a few new books. 

As my reading turned from chapter books to textbooks, Welles Turner continued to be an invaluable educational resource. The library’s study rooms became my second home- the perfect location to pore over notes or decode Shakespearean plays. As a student prone to distraction, I am grateful to have found such a perfect quiet space specifically dedicated to student use. 

Now, as I anticipate the next chapter of my educational journey, I realize how perfectly Welles Turner has prepared me to be a successful student and thinker. I intend to apply my passion for reading and learning as I pursue Environmental Studies and Political Science at Middlebury College. Just as Welles Turner has had a profound impact on me, I too hope to make an impact on my community with a career in Environmental Policy.

Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library Scholarship

The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library will be awarding a $1,000 cash prize to a graduating senior who is entering an accredited college or technical school and has demonstrated strong academic achievement and good citizenship.  The prize may be used for either tuition or books.



The award is open to graduating senior high school students who are residents of Glastonbury, Connecticut.  The student must have a solid academic standing and show active involvement in the community.  An accredited college or technical school must have accepted the applicant as a full-time student.



 The successful candidate must complete the application found

below. Please submit the completed application electronically to  no later than April 30, 2021.  The application requires two names as outside references.  Only one reference may be from a school administrator or teacher.  References should not be from relatives or friends.  The award winner will be selected by the Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library using the aforementioned criteria and the completed application.

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Past Winners
2020 – Kaitlyn Bellofiore
2019 – Hailey Espinosa
2018 – Ryan Kalagher
2017 – Reshana Homma
2016 – Kalliope Sanderson
2015 – Marily Mussien
2014 – Abigail Descoteaux
2013 – John (Jack) Ostrowski
2012 – Clarissa Paquette
2011 – Alexander Ryan
2010 – Gracelyn Rose Swahn
2009 – Sofia Goodrich
2008 – Mary-Kate James
2007 – Valerie Baker
2006 – Kehui Kaycee Fu

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