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George J. and Maude A. Peterson Memorial Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To honor the memory of George and Maude Peterson by encouraging and assisting graduating seniors of Gates Chili High School in pursuing their dream of a worthy profession.

Application Period

Contact school counselor beginning in November to learn more about this scholarship opportunity

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $1,000 each to both a male and a female student; paid in one lump sum in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For graduating seniors (one male and one female) of Gates Chili High School who:

  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0);
  • Are accepted for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university;
  • Have a record of activity in school, community, or volunteer services; and
  • Have financial need.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by the Gates Chili Counseling Office, where application instructions are available if applicable.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated by the Gates Chili Guidance Counseling Office, which reviews applications, selects the recipients, and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails a certificate to the high school for presentation to the recipient and emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in the Spring. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying full-time to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

Mr. and Mrs. George J. Peterson were long-time residents of the town of Gates, and both were active in community and school affairs. Their four children all attended elementary school in Gates School District #7, but because the town did not have a high school at that time, they were sent to Rochester for high school. Mrs. Peterson (Maude) served as a trustee for the Gates School District #7 during the 1920s when the two-story brick building on Spencerport Road was dedicated and the name Harding School adopted. She died August 1, 1974. George Peterson served on the Board of Education during the 1950s, when Harding School was expanded by razing the old wood-frame structure and adding a new one-story building. During his tenure, the Gates and Chili School Districts were combined, and the Gates Chili High School was built on Wegman Road. George died January 25, 1964.

To learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, click here.

To make your own gift to this fund, click here.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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