Nicholas Spawn Memorial Upward Bound Scholarship Fund


Established in loving memory of Nick Spawn (1987-2010), the Nicholas Spawn Memorial Upward Bound Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to aid Upward Bound students with costs associated with college.

About the Fund

When asked what his favorite thing about life was, he simply replied, “My favorite thing about life is….. life.” Nick loved living, despite being diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at age 21. He was personable with anyone he met, even strangers, and always made you feel good. He was quick to consider someone his friend and loved it most when his friends from different areas of his life would become friends with each other. It wasn’t difficult for him to make even the most uncomfortable person in a room feel comfortable by making them laugh. His personality was extremely sarcastic and funny, but always kind. He had a way of always looking on the positive side of things. Despite being in the hospital during two of his best friends’ weddings, he posted, “Today is a day that I am alive. I should not have any complaints.”

Nick graduated from Newark Valley High School and earned his associates degree from Broome Community College. Although Nick was a student at SUNY Fredonia studying Communications and had a passion for shooting and editing films, he frequently said his dream job was to be an academic advisor for an Upward Bound program because of the impact the program had on his life. He was actively involved in Fredonia’s comedy improvisation group Random Acts and many intramural sports. He loved playing soccer, watching football (especially the New York Giants), and eating pizza and wings.

Make your tax-deductible gift today!

Or mail your check to:

Community Foundation for South Central New York
520 Columbia Drive, Suite 100
Johnson City, New York 13790
Note: Spawn Memorial Scholarship Fund in the memo

For gifts of stock or gifts other than cash & other questions about giving, please contact foundation staff at (607) 772-6773.

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