Mohonasen High School seniors Antonio Spadaro and Taryn Williams have been named recipients of the 2018 Ralph F. Boyd, Sr. Scholarship Award for their work on behalf of civil and human rights in the community.
Both Spadaro and Williams are active members of the school’s Peers for Peace club. The student-led group is committed to building a welcoming community for all students at the high school by addressing issues of intolerance. Club members meet regularly to plan school activities that promote kindness and acceptance of all people throughout the school.
The $1,000 scholarship prize was presented to each of the students by the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission at a breakfast on Thursday, May 17. The scholarship is sponsored by the agency’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition and is awarded to students who have maintained good grades and attendance, served as community or school role models, and who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year college or career-based program after high school.
Spadaro plans to enroll at Siena College in the fall with the goal of becoming an immigration attorney. Williams will attend SUNY Broome after graduation and has her sights set on becoming a doctor of general medicine.
The annual scholarship award is named for Ralph Boyd, Sr., who was instrumental in starting the Schenectady County Chapter of the NAACP, the Carver Community Center, the Head Start Program at SCAP, and the Baptist Retirement Center. Boyd has also been active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and earned the Distinguished Service Award and two Bronze Stars in World War II.