First Govs Scholar Athlete to be Awarded Marr Scholarship

First Govs Scholar Athlete to be Awarded Marr Scholarship

Erin Hanlon ‘20 was awarded this year’s Marr Scholarship, which recognizes an outstanding graduating scholar athlete and community leader. The Marr Scholarship centers around academic achievement, citizenship, three-season sports team participation, and plans to matriculate in a four-year college or university in the fall of 2020.

“Marr Scholarship recipients are highly accomplished, influential student leaders, and athletes,” said Joe Bobrowskas, Director of College Counseling. “And in this context, Erin represents the Governor's community extremely well. In her time at Governor's, Erin demonstrated the utmost integrity while making a lasting community difference. We are all so proud of her!" 

Erin is the first Governor’s graduate to receive this scholarship. In her award letter, the selection committee was impressed with Erin as “a dynamic individual and community builder.” She will be attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

“I knew my senior year was going to be tough with navigating the college process and many new leadership roles,” said Erin. “However, I never expected the most difficult challenge to come weeks before I was to jump the wall. Though I did not have the traditional farewell, I am beyond grateful I was selected to represent our community as this year's Marr Scholar.”

"I am immensely proud of Erin, and I cannot think of a better choice for this huge honor,” said Julia Kobus, Associate Director of College Counseling. “In all areas of her life at Governor's, from the classroom and her sports teams to her important work leading SWAGA (Strong Women at The Governor's Academy), Erin has brought energy, tenacity, and a welcoming spirit. I am very excited to see the great work that she will do in the Bates community!" 

The Marr Scholarship Fund, now in its fifth year, honors both John D. Marr and Richard T. Marr '53, providing a $10,000 scholarship annually to one exceptional graduating senior nominated from one of the five New England independent schools where Jack and Dick attended, taught, administered, and coached. Dick '53 graduated from Governor’s when it was Governor Dummer Academy.                                                                                                  

“We are hoping that with all the uncertainty and challenges faced by this year’s graduating seniors – including missing on-campus classes, sports, and graduation this spring – that the award of the Marr Scholarship will help Erin ease her transition to college,” said Tim Marr, Trustee of the Marr Scholars Fund.

This is the fifth year that the Fund has awarded a scholarship to a graduating senior from The Governor’s Academy, Woodberry Forest School, Tabor Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, or Milton Academy. Over the past twenty years, the Marr Scholars Fund has also provided four-year college scholarships to twenty-two graduating seniors who played in the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Visit the College Counseling page to learn more about scholarship opportunities.