The Valley Stream Central High School District’s Board of Education graciously approved a new scholarship at its Jan. 9 meeting and welcomed the opportunity to benefit more students in their future studies. The Ed and Gen MacLean Scholarship is being presented in honor of its namesakes, on behalf of their children. 

Edward and Genevieve MacLean, both graduates of Central High School in the 1930s, made valuable contributions to the district and community. Edward provided 25 years of service to the Valley Stream District 24 and Central High School District Boards of Education, holding the role of president for both. He volunteered his time as a member of Nassau County Board of Cooperative Services, Parent Teachers Association and many other local organizations and was instrumental in the introduction of numerous community programs. Earlier in his life, he flew 97 combat missions in the Air Force and has earned many medals. Genevieve was very involved in the Parent Teacher Student Association, BOCES and the greater Valley Stream community as well. 

The MacLean family is generously offering two $5,000 scholarships, which will be awarded to one student from Central and another from South. Recipients will be selected based on their demonstration of commitment and participation in the school community and/or larger outside community, good academic standing, attendance in Valley Stream schools from grades 1-12 and 250-word essay submission that describes their views on citizenship. 

Richard MacLean attended the meeting and discussed the significance of the scholarships for himself and his siblings, Peggy, Nancy and Greg. For some time, they had discussed the prospect of giving back to the community that they received so much from and that their parents were greatly committed to. 

“It’s a way to recognize what our mom and dad did in making Valley Stream a great place,” Richard said. “Students already have the benefit of the Valley Stream education that served us so well, and maybe this will give them a cause to emulate our parents in serving whatever community they become a part of.” 

“We appreciate the MacLean family’s continued support of our programs and students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich. “This exemplifies the school-community connection that makes Valley Stream such a special place.”   
 
The scholarships will be offered to members of the Classes of 2018 at each of the two buildings. Those interested in applying should contact their respective guidance counselors for deadlines, essay requirements and other information.