The Charles & Gladys Mather Educational Opportunities Program

A Two-Part Program Sponsored by the Newcomb Historical Museum
Scholarships & Lifelong Learning Awards


In recent years, the Newcomb Historical Museum has awarded several scholarships to Newcomb Central School graduates who have completed at least one year of successful full-time attendance at a two- or four-year academic institution and students who will be enrolled for full-time study for the following semester. We have supported both undergraduate and graduate students. NHM has been able to participate in this program largely because of the generosity of Charles Mather, a former resident of Tahawus and a graduate of the Class of 1957, who has donated in memory of his excellent N.C.S. teachers. As an educational and cultural institution, as well as an IRS designated public charity (501c3), the Museum will continue to offer traditional college/university support whenever possible.



The focus of these awards will remain on educational pursuits, but broaden to fit different needs. In some cases, these may be “Second Chance” opportunities. Believing that educated and well-trained citizens promote community advancement, we encourage residents of all ages to apply.

We will consider many opportunity areas, particularly those that would benefit both the individual recipient and our Adirondack community. Recent needs are most crucial in childcare, medical professions, and vocational certification programs (such as those for truck drivers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, automotive technicians). You might also be interested in other short courses and/or workshops in food service, tourism, arts, and culture.


1. If you have a goal for either program and think we can help you reach it, write us an introductory letter explaining your interests and the plans you might be considering. It’s important that you also address cost estimates and your financial needs. Be as specific as you can. Also tell us some of the ways you are or have been connected to the Newcomb community. In the letter, please provide your current mailing address, email, and phone number(s) so we can respond to you. Postmark your introductory letter no later than July 1, 2023, and send it to the:
Newcomb Historical Museum
ATTN. Mather Educational Opportunities Program
P.O. Box 408
Newcomb, NY  12852

2. After the Program Committee reviews all the letters, we will be in touch. Depending on what kind of program you are interested in, we may ask you to provide more information. 

3. As you are thinking through this process, we are here to listen to your plans and answer questions. Feel free to stop by the Museum or call Joan Burke at 518-582-2274.