Letter: High school scholarship needs funding

To the Editor:
I am writing to inform Trumbull residents of a great opportunity to help support Trumbull scholars and to honor the memory of Jeffrey Wiener, a former resident who was killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks.
Jeff grew up in Trumbull, where he benefitted from the love and support of his family, but also from the warmth of the community in which he was raised. At Trumbull High, where I met him, he was a hard-working scholar and a co-valedictorian of the Class of 1986. More than that, he was known as a loyal friend and a proud and active member of the larger community. After high school, Jeff moved on to great success, but he always felt close ties to his hometown.
To honor Jeff’s memory, a scholarship was founded in his name in 2002. Since then, the scholarship has been offered each spring as a way to recognize the achievement and potential of a promising Trumbull High School senior. As someone who believed in the possibilities of what individuals could accomplish working together, Jeff would have been proud to know that the tragedy that took his life could be transformed into a force for good and a chance to help members of his community.
Unfortunately, after several years the balance of the fund is almost exhausted, and I am appealing to residents of Trumbull to help re-fund the scholarship. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Jeffrey Wiener Scholarship Fund as a way to support future scholars and to honor the memory of one of Trumbull’s own. With your generosity and participation, we’ll be able to reach our goal of $20,000—enough to establish an annual scholarship that can function in perpetuity. Any contribution will help, and if your employer offers a matching gift for charitable donations, you can even double the impact of your money.
Donations can be made to:
The Jeffrey Wiener Scholarship Fund
c/o The Trumbull High School Scholarship Foundation
72 Strobel Road
Trumbull, CT 06611
With your help, we can continue to honor Jeff’s memory and support future Trumbull scholars.
Jonathan Weil