Five high school students in town have been awarded $2,000 in scholarships from the Stratford Historical Society, located at the historic Captain David Judson House this past week. The scholarship committee awarded a total or $10,000 in scholarships based on several criteria that included an essay on the student's interest in history, civics and social studies in Stratford, an excellent grade point average and written recommendations form teachers, mentors and friends. All students must have resided in Stratford, but could have attended public or private schools inside or outside of town.
Two Stratford High Red Devils, Rachel Santo and Rebecca Simon won the awards, as well as two Bunnell Bulldogs, Bridget Frouge and Craig Pallegrino, and Carolyn Drenkard who attended Trumbull High School. The scholarships are meant to help the students in their pursuit of higher education and inspire them to continue to learn history and civics.
The Stratford Historical Society is based at the Captain David Johnson House at Academy Hill. 9 generations of Judsons lived at the house until the 1880s. The Judsons were one of Stratford's founding families who built the house in Stratford's founding year of 1639, and later renovated in in a Colonial Georgian style in 1723, which was common for houses in colonial New England. The property was established by as a historical site in 1978 by the National Register of Historical Places. In addition to being a museum to Colonial and Revolutionary Stratford history, the Stratford Historical Society also manages a research library at the location. On display is also a piano owned by William Samuel Johnson, who is buried at Academy Hill. Johnson was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and the second president of Columbia University.