2014 Anne MacKay Scholarship Winners

The North Fork Women for Women Fund (NFWFWF), a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is awarding the 2014 Anne MacKay Memorial Scholarship to three North Fork graduating seniors. The students, Brittney Longley, Alaina Robins, and Nicole Scartozzi, all of Mattituck HS will each be awarded a full $1,500 scholarship.

The NFWFWF Anne MacKay Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 following the death of Ms. MacKay, an original NFWFWF member and supporter. Ms. MacKay was a longtime Orient resident who was a teacher, author, poet and sailor. The scholarship seeks to honor students who reflect Ms. MacKay’s eclectic and diverse life.

The award, typically of a single $1,500 scholarship, is one of the largest privately funded scholarships available to graduating seniors on the North Fork. The applicants are required to submit an application along with an essay describing a personal experience or episode that best reflects the applicant’s commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in their community.

The experiences of this year’s three finalists reflect Ms. MacKay’s commitment not only to learning but also to the community at large. Indeed, after reviewing the applications and essays, and meeting with the applicants and their guardians, the NFWFWF committee was so impressed that it decided to award a full grant of $1,500 to each of the three finalists.

These students are truly inspirational. Brittney Longley has worked tirelessly to educate her peers on the effects of alcoholism on families. Her inclusion in the Emmy award winning documentary, “Children Under The Influence,” demonstrated her commitment to educating her peers and the larger community on this issue. Alaina Robbins has already touched many lives through her travels to Haiti to help build schools in the storm-ravaged area. Ms. Robins intends to study bio-medical engineering where she will focus on the development of prosthetics. Nicole Scartozzi has overcome numerous obstacles to become an Honor Student. Her goal is to develop new medications to ease pain and eliminate learning disorders.

NFWFWF is confident that all three students will make important contributions to their community and is honored to be able to bestow this award on all three young women. They truly embody Anne MacKay’s commitment to education, diversity and inclusion.

By | 2016-02-03T16:17:49+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Scholarship|7 Comments


  1. Deanna Alpert June 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Have these bright young women contributed to the Lesbian or Gay community in some way? Perhaps they define themselves as lesbians?

    If not has the mission of NFWFWF been modified?

  2. Julie Lane June 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    All three of these young women embrace the ideals for which Anne MacKay stood and I care not whether any of them identify as lesbians. They have all risen above adversity and have goals that deserve to be encouraged.
    From here forward, I can hope that winning these scholarships will set them apart for their achievements and their humanity.
    Congratulations, ladies. We are all blessed to have you in the North Fork community.

  3. Lynn Witt June 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Deanna – This is from the NFWFWF link requesting donations to the scholarship fund:

    “The NFWFWF Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of the Anne MacKay Scholarship Fund. It will will be given annually to a deserving North Fork public high school senior from either Riverhead, Shelter Island or Southold townships with a preference going to those first in their family to go to college.”

    The above is just a quick reference to the guidelines – the application form is clear that Anne was a lesbian and the NFWFWF is a lesbian organization. Anne was all about education; if the students who apply are gay or lesbian, that would be really great. But the scholarship is not limited to only girls or only someone gay.

  4. Eileen Rich June 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    The Anne MacKay Memorial Scholarship is separately funded.

  5. Deanna Alpert July 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    ” I care not whether any of them identify as lesbians. They have all risen above adversity and have goals that deserve to be encouraged.”

    Does this mean that we don’t have young lesbian women who have “risen above adversity and have goals that deserve to be encouraged?”

    Again, what is the mission of NFWFWF? Has it changed over the years? Do we NOT have a minority that needs such support every bit as much, perhaps even moreso?

  6. Deanna Alpert July 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Response to Lynn Witt — I appreciate your explanation of how the Anne McKay Scholarship works, and I can also understand that she set up this scholarship with her own funds, so why shouldn’t she provide the structure? My question then is why it goes through NfWFW instead of, let’s say, the schools? My conclusion from this would be that NFWFWF is for all women and no longer focused on lesbians. I’m just surprised and disappointed. To me it would be like SAGE helping elderly heterosexuals.

  7. Lori Cohen July 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    The Anne McKay scholarship is run by NFWFWF whose mission includes being good citizens in the overall community. The funding for the scholarship comes from fundraising targeted solely for the scholarship purposes, so no NFWFWF funds are used for the scholarship.

    We are part of a larger community, and have endeavored to become more active in the community. We remain committed to helping lesbians on the North Fork who need assistance.

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