VCS Dollars for Scholars Receives Generous Donation

VCS Dollars for Scholars Receives Generous Donation

We are grateful and happy to share the news that Sue-ning Chu Barry bequeathed 20% of her estate to the VCS Dollars for Scholars Program. The amounts given for the Tom and Irene Barry Memorial Scholarship and the Connie and Sue-ning Chu Barry Memorial Scholarship doubled to $3,000 each. Due to the generosity of this bequest, we anticipate both scholarships will be funded in perpetuity. 

Tom Barry owned his own barber shop on Main Street in Victor and was a VCS school board member.  His wife, Irene Donohue Barry, was an elementary teacher at VCS. Their son, Connie (Cornelius) Barry, was a 1952 VCS graduate and president of his class. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Entomology and worked for 15 years as a researcher in the field of tropical medicine. After retiring from the pursuit of medical research he earned his MBA degree and worked as a financial advisor. Connie’s wife, Sue-ning Chu Barry, was born in China; she and her family fled communist forces to settle in Taiwan where she completed high school, and she came to America to further her studies. She met Connie when they were both teaching assistants at the University of Maryland, where she earned her Ph.D. in Zoology. Dr. Sue-ning Chu Barry was a full professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where she taught anatomy; her research focused on cellular physiology.  

The VCS Dollars for Scholars Program has received numerous bequests over the years to establish many memorial scholarships to support VCS graduates. This past year the program gave over $125,000. in scholarships to the class of 2021 graduates. Over 2.2 million dollars in awards have been given to VCS graduates since the VCS Dollars for Scholars Program began in 1988.

If you have any questions in regards to bequests of your own estate, contact your lawyer and/or our Dollars for Scholars Program treasurer, Jim Exton. For more information on our program, visit our website: www.victor.dollarsforscholars.org or email us: victorscholarshipdfs@gmail.com