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Alison Varian Memorial Scholarship Fund established at The Guilford Foundation

The Guilford Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Alison Varian Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Fund will award annual scholarships to graduating seniors of The Sound School in New Haven who intend to pursue careers in aquaculture, fisheries or marine science. The first scholarship award will be presented in June 2018.

The Fund honors the legacy of Alison Varian, who lost a courageous six-year battle with cancer on April 28, 2017. The Fund memorializes Alison’s many contributions to aquaculture, boating safety, fishing, fisheries and the ecology of Long Island Sound. Alison was an avid boater and fisherman who contributed to her community in many ways. Over the years, she diligently served as Chair of the Town of Guilford Shellfish and Harbor Management Commissions, Treasurer of the Guilford Marina Commission, certified U.S. Coast Guard vessel examiner and Commander of the Power Squadron (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving maritime safety and enjoyment through education.)

Beyond these contributions, Alison was a very special and inspiring person. Apart from her many interests, she had a talent for working with people. She knew how to help individuals understand themselves and each other. When differences arose, she found a way to bring people together. She was selfless, brave and always courteous. Even during her long struggle with illness, Alison managed to keep all of her commitments and always with a smile on her face. “We are honored to hold this special permanent legacy fund,” said Executive Director Liza Janssen Petra. “Through this annual scholarship, Alison will be remembered for her good deeds, especially her time spent managing and protecting the harbors and coastal waterways in Guilford and the Long Island Sound.”
“We are so grateful for the support for our students” said Rebecca Gratz, Principal of The Sound School. “The Sound School is thrilled to be able to honor Alison’s legacy in this way.”

Donations to the fund can be sent to The Guilford Foundation at P.O. Box 35, Guilford, CT 06437 or online at Be sure to note the gift is for the "Alison Varian Memorial Fund" so that your donation is credited properly. For further information, contact Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director of the Guilford Foundation, at (203) 640-4049.