The Arc of Schuyler awarded its Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship to Bradford Central School graduate, Destiny Decker at its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on June 15 at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.
This $1,000 scholarship honors Joanne Hayes, former board member and president of The Arc of Schuyler’s board of directors who passed away in 1987. The award is given annually to a graduating senior pursuing an education in human services, special education, or a related field for a career providing supports to people with developmental disabilities.
Destiny Decker, daughter of Harold Decker, will enroll at Elmira College this fall to study biochemistry. In her application essay, Decker expressed her aspiration to become an OB/GYN to advocate for prenatal care and good health for all women. Decker will graduate valedictorian of her class. She has received many academic and athletic awards and honors, including the Elmira College Key Award. She has demonstrated excellent leadership skills through her participation in National Honor Society, Student Council, and Academic All-Stars. In addition to her academic achievements, Destiny also works at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Decker’s school counselor, Sarah Baker, commented, “Destiny is very much an advocate for people with developmental disabilities and makes a stand for equal treatment for everyone.”
The Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship is made possible through donations to The Arc of Schuyler, a not-for-profit organization providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.