VAIL — Taft Conlin will live on at Vail Mountain School.
Vail Mountain School is inaugurating the Taft Conlin Scholarship, which will be awarded annually beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The scholarship will cover full tuition for up to four years while attending upper school at VMS.
The scholarship is supported by a fund created in Taft Conlin’s name by his parents, Louise Ingalls and Steve Conlin, as well as by contributions from the community and other members of Taft’s family.
Taft Conlin, a member of the VMS community, died unexpectedly in 2012.
“For us, this is the perfect way to honor Taft and keep his memory alive in the hearts and minds of our family, friends and community,” Ingalls said.
The scholarship will be awarded each year to a student who has achieved high academic merit and contributed positively to his or her community, but who would otherwise not have the financial means to attend VMS, said Michael Imperi, VMS head of school.
This year, the Taft Conlin Scholarship is open to students in eighth, ninth and 10th grades.
“We want to provide opportunities for students with extraordinary promise who otherwise would not be able to benefit from the Vail Mountain School experience,” Imperi said. “In addition to academic excellence, Taft Conlin Scholars will be selected based on their internal motivation and leadership qualities combined with a strong sense of moral purpose. Our hope is that, with this opportunity, these children will go on to thrive in college and in life, and ultimately make a difference in the lives of others on a larger scale.”