The Fund seeks to recognize outstanding young people in their sophomore year in order to encourage them to set positive goals and be a positive influence among their peers throughout their high school career.
This award, a scholarship in the amount of $7,500, is offered to one sophomore boy and one sophomore girl every year from each of the following Stamford schools: Stamford High School, Trinity Catholic High School, and Westhill High School. The applicant must be a resident of Stamford at the time of applying.
The Wellington Mara Award recognizes an exemplary individual who volunteers time and talent to provide opportunities for youngsters in any city-sanctioned, nonprofit sports league in Stamford. The award includes a $2,500 contribution to the nonprofit organization for which the individual volunteers.
In creating a youth-coaching award, the Lione Fund continues to support and perpetuate the values that made Wellington Mara a legendary sports leader. He believed that the valuable qualities and lessons that can be learned on the field of play should, if well taught, carry over to all aspects of life. He taught by instruction but, more importantly, by example. The Lione Fund reinforces this ideal and these qualities in the naming of this award after Mr. Mara, who held himself to the highest standards of honor and respect for self, family, and community.
These grants allow Stamford youth to participate in organized city sports that would otherwise be unavailable because of financial hardships.
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