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$1000 Scholarships Awarded to Local High School Graduates by Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center



Stockbridge, MA–July 22, 2020–Initiated by the scholarship’s namesake and continued in her honor by the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Scholarship is awarded annually (since 2000) to students from Lenox Memorial High School, Monument Mountain High School, and Lee High School who are selected for their record of academic excellence throughout the high school years, stated intention to study social sciences or pre-medical studies in a four-year college program, and demonstrated leadership in community service.  

The 2020 scholarship recipients are:  

  • Cora Hanlin, a 2020 graduate of Monument Mountain High School, who will be attending Endicott College and majoring in nursing.  

  • Kara Calvo, a 2020 graduate of Lenox High School, who will be attending Bridgewater State University and majoring in communication sciences & disorders.  

  • Sierra Twing, a 2020 graduate of Lee High School, who will be attending the University of Rhode Island and majoring in psychiatric nursing.  

Evelyn Stefansson Nef was an author, lecturer, patron of the arts, philanthropist, Arctic explorer, psychotherapist, and a benefactor of the Austen Riggs Center who passed away in 2009. The scholarship of $1,000, which is paid to recipients after they complete their first semester of college, was originally made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Evelyn Nef of the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Foundation.  

About the Austen Riggs Center  

The Riggs Center is a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program that has been serving adults since its founding in 1919. Within an open setting, patients participate in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided four times a week by doctors on staff. The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center studies individuals in their social contexts through research, training, education, and outreach programs in the local community and beyond. For more information, visit www.austenriggs.org.