The $500 Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation. Past recipients include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey), and Paul Woodbury (Provo, Utah).
“The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS Annual Genealogy Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.
“We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the student conference scholarship.”
|Suzanne Freeman (right) with her sisters Frances Jones (left)|
and Lucile Smith in Green Valley, Arizona.
Photo courtesy of Denise Levenick
Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement, Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne passed away after a brief illness in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010.
The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a student scholarship for a three-day conference registration to the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Southern California Genealogical Society.
Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 23 as of June 2, 2016, and a current student (full-time or part-time) is eligible to apply. The award will be presented at the Jamboree Scholarship Breakfast Sunday, June 5, 2016; the recipient must be present to receive the award.
Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.
Application deadline is March 20, 2016, midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage http://thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant/.
Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Suzanne Winsor Freeman Grant Committee,
Denise May Levenick, Chair
Lise Harding, SCGS Jamboree
10 February, 2016