Scholarship to be Given in Honor of Sandy Hook Principal

Naugatuck High School students who want to pursue a degree in education can apply for the scholarship.


The family of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung wants to make sure her legacy lives on at Naugatuck High School.

The family is organizing a scholarship fund that will be given annually to at least one NHS senior.

“Our family has decided the scholarship fund will be for an NHS student pursuing a career in education, a student who has a deep passion for inspiring the love and learning in children,” said Hochsprung’s daughter, Erica Lafferty.

, was shot and killed while trying to protect children in her school during Friday’s massacre that claimed the life of 20 children and six woman at the elementary school. The shooter also killed his mother and himself.

Several people have referred to Hochsprung as a hero for trying to take down the gunman, which she reportedly did only after telling others to hide in her office.

The scholarship fund is being administered by the Waterbury Teachers Federal Credit Union. The credit union has a link to the scholarship fund, which says:

“Dawn was a dedicated teacher who inspired her students to reach their fullest potential. She was admired and respected by her students, colleagues and parents for her caring and nurturing nature and will be sorely missed.”

To contribute to the fund, please bring your donation to one of our offices, or mail to WCTFCU, 772 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762. or WCTFCU, 24 Rowan Street Extension, Danbury, CT 06811.

For additional information, you can speak with a credit union representative at 203-758-9500 or 800-992-2226.

Michael Jarvela December 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
This is a great idea, especially because it is for those pursuing a career in education. I own a childrens clothing store in Westport, and have been reluctant to do anything related to the store, because I feel like any effort to help publicly would come off as marketing on a tragedy. However cash flow is tight and I want to help, and I could be giving all profit from a tee shirt program or something like it, to this type of fund. But the only way it's effective is if I get people to buy them so that all the profit can go to the fund. I'm asking for feedback on this idea as I really don't want to capitalize in any way on a tragedy, I just want to give to the fund, and my cashflow is too tight to do that without utilizing my only real currency right now which is the product I have in store. Let me know what you think.


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