American Heritage Scholarship


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One of our goals as a church is to promote genuine character development in the youth of our community. It is with this in mind that we established the Americal Heritage Scholarship.
Two $2,000 scholarships are awarded each year to graduating high school seniors, one male, one female, whose lives exemplify genuine character and promote Scriptural values of genuine, personal faith in God; patriotism; personal honesty and integrity; compassion and concern for others; and the traditional moral beliefs described in the Ten Commandments including honor for parents, the sanctity of life, chastity, and honesty and truthfulness in all dealings with others. upon which our country was founded.

Each year we give two $2,000 scholarships and up to four $750 Recognition Awards– the latter regardless of gender.


The 2021 two $2,000 winners are:

Abigail Hamblen- Homeschool

Dylan Carauana-Commack High

The committee also felt that the following deserved recognition for their genuine character and faith in God, and will receive a Recognition Award for $750:

Lauren Thompson

Joel Harvey

We thank the committee, whose job it was to evaluate and pick our 2021 winners: Brian Harris – Chairman. Josiah D’Arrigo, Julie Del Giudice and  Rose Miller. Also, Thank you to Huck Halley & Victoria Alford who participated in the interview process.

The impact of the American Heritage Scholarship continues on in the lives of our past winners. Let’s take a look at how previous year’s winners are doing!

Wesaun Palmer, AHS Winner 2019

I attend SUNY Buffalo full time and major in Social Sciences. It is going well and my GPA is currently 3.834.

Building relationships with my church family in Buffalo, I’ve found some of the kindest and most interesting people I have met in my life. I made sure that I studied the Word, tried to make sure I exercised as well, and I did my best to complete my work, asking God for strength. I often left campus Friday nights so I could focus on God more and I had family worship over the phone with my parents. I mainly used my freedom to enjoy time with my church family, studying or eating with friends on campus in hopes of introducing them to Christ. The Lord has made me humbler and yet more determined to persevere in serving Him and showing forth His glory.

Dear Graduating Senior,

Make friends for Jesus. Seek some lost soul to win. Pray earnestly and often. Keep your times with God for prayer and personal Bible study. Do good with His help. Do everything you can to hasten His coming. Stay focused on Jesus. Do not get distracted by the deceptions of Satan and the allurements of the world. Each moment give thanks.


Cole Montefusco, AHS Winner 2017

After receiving the scholarship, I attended SUNY Geneseo, where I majored in Political Science. After moving away from my close-knit family, to a small community where it was cold and people stayed indoors most of the time, freshman year was a challenge. When I joined activities, my life became more balanced, and I made some very good friends.

The biggest test of my faith during college was standing by my principles and values when it was unpopular. There were many temptations and freedom to make your own decisions. While I did do some things that, in hindsight, I wouldn’t do again, I took each challenge as a learning moment and tried to guide my decisions by learning from my mistakes. I kept God in my life during my time at college and attended church weekly. I am now serving God by fulfilling my promise to serve my community. I was hired in January as a full time Riverhead Police Officer. I am currently in the Suffolk County Police Academy and will graduate this fall. I will continue to be guided in my faith to serve the community I grew up in, with gratitude to all those who have helped me realize my dream.

To the new scholarship recipients:  Get involved on campus and in the college community. Change your major or area of study if you think that it’s not for you. Talk to your favorite professors, try new things, and follow your passion when you discover what it is.

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