Queensbury UFSD student Allyson Sheffield receives Joan Aldous Memorial Scholarship

Queensbury UFSD student Allyson Sheffield is the recipient of the 2023 Joan Aldous Memorial Scholarship presented by the Warren County Historical Society and the Aldous family. 

The Queensbury High School senior received a $500 award given in honor of the late Joan Aldous, who was a longtime member, trustee and co-president of the Warren County Historical Society. Teen scholarship winner stands with adults

Allyson served as an intern at the WCHS this school year and worked on a number of projects including a special project of updating the county’s historic markers. 

“Her exemplary work, along with an essay she authored on the importance of history in the education of young people, earned her this prize,” said WCHS Executive Director Don Rittner.

Allyson received her award during a ceremony at the historical society headquarters at Gurney Lane on Tuesday, July 18.

Teen girl stands next to historic markerJoan Aldous served on the Education Committee, along with many other committees, and spearheaded “History Camp” for many years. A past winner of the prestigious School Bell Award, Aldous was a former school teacher at the Queensbury Union Free School District and served as Queensbury Town Historian from 2017 until her passing in 2022.

The “History in the Making” Student Internship Program offers valuable hands-on experience working with professional researchers, historians and writers. Students interested in applying for the internship can contact the Warren County Historical Society at mail@wcnyhs.org or call 518-743-0734.