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The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Deborah M. Brand, Principal of the James I. O'Neill High School in the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District who received the 2019 Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship.

Debbie was nominated by her Superintendent Dr. Frank Sheboy because of her intellectual curiosity and the way she approached learning and teaching. He highlighted Debbie’s compassionate, supportive leadership style when she led the school through an unthinkable tragedy with the death of a beloved and promising young teacher, six months into her principalship.

Debbie has worked as an educator for 23 years as a high school English Teacher, English Department chair, an Instructional Leader of Humanities and as an Assistant Principal. She looks to the future of becoming a superintendent and obtaining her doctoral degree was a step in that direction. Debbie has been described by her peers as a skilled administrator with diverse experiences.

She also has been instrumental in the revisioning of the academic program at her high school to expand offerings to including classes in American Sign Language, internship programs with local businesses, and a hands-on experiential course that introduces students to programming and computational thinking.

Debbie has a Masters'of Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University; a Certificate in Educational Administration School District Leadership from Canisius College; and is currently enrolled in a doctoral studies program in Educational Leadership at Hunter College in New York City.  

The award was presented on Tuesday morning, September 24 at The Council's 2019 Fall Leadership Summit by Executive Director Charles Dedrick, The Council; Jon Perry, Education Institutions Segment, Utica National Insurance Group; Council President Kevin McGowan, Brighton; and Distinguished Service Chair William Johnson, Superintendent, Rockville Centre. You can watch the entire presentation and acceptance here. The award was sponsored by Signature Partner Utica National Insurance Group. 

The Selection Process

The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship was inaugurated during the centennial year of The Council in 1983 in honor of "100 Years of Educational Leadership" and in 1990 was renamed the Raymond R. Delaney Annual Memorial Scholarship in memory of a past president of The Council.

The Utica National Insurance Group, a strategic partner of The Council, serves as the sponsor. The scholarship is awarded annually to one individual enrolled in a graduate study program through which a School District Administrator Certificate or Doctoral Degree may be earned.

Our 2020 applicants must be nominated by an active superintendent of The Council and email a completed nomination form to The Council no later than July 31, 2020 to The Council will then contact each applicant directly. 

Candidates are responsible for sending all materials by September 1, 2020. You can review this brochure for details about how to submit all materials. 

The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, screens all applications and reviews credentials for selection of one candidate.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for this scholarship contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development at For more information, you can also call Deidre at (518) 694-4885.