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Holtsville teen receives scholarship in Celebration of Juneteenth

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In celebration of Juneteenth, a Suffolk County Community College honors student has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

Noah Fields, 19, of Holtsville received the Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program scholarship as part of an inaugural eight-member class of students who are descendants of African slaves.

“Suffolk has far exceeded my expectations,” said Fields, set to start his second year at Suffolk this fall. “The professors and staff at Suffolk were the ones that pushed me to apply for this scholarship and supported me the entire way through.”

Fields said he plans on attending Stony Brook University when he graduates from Suffolk, but he noted that he also has dreams of majoring in business at New York University.

“Noah is an outstanding student and a class leader. He consistently demands the best of himself, and, in his commitment to his education, he inspires those around him as well,” Academic Chair and English Professor Douglas Howard said.

Honors Program Counselor and Associate Professor Matthew J. Zisel wrote in his scholarship reference letter: “Noah was elected as our Honors Club vice president and was instrumental in building a community of students who worked together on charity, volunteer, and fundraising events. As fate would have it, Noah came along when our program most needed a leader; without him, I am not sure that we would have built the community of students we did coming off the virtual year.”

This scholarship program is named in honor of the life, legacy and ordained ministry of the Rev. Barbara C. Harris, the first woman of African-American descent to be consecrated as a bishop in the Anglican Communion.