(Manorville, NY) - For the eighth consecutive year, the Long Island Game Farm is inviting graduating high school seniors to apply for the Stanley and Susan Novak Memorial Scholarship. The time is now to apply for the annual scholarship, which is worth $1,000. Each year, this award is granted to a graduating senior from Long Island who plans to attend a two-year or higher college or university program, and exemplifies the qualities required to become a pioneer in nature, whether it be in the field of veterinary medicine or environmental science. The application deadline is Monday, May 2, 2011.
Now in its 42nd year, the Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located in Manorville. It features hundreds of animals on 25 acres of land. Year after year, the park is visited by thousands and enjoyed by all. It has been an educational site for school children to learn about animals and nature for decades.
The scholarship was established in 2004 to honor the memories of Stanley John Novak, the Game Farm's co-founder, and his daughter, Susan Mary Novak. In 1999, Stanley Novak was 66 and had been building the Long Island Game Farm for nearly 30 years. Sadly, he died from a heart attack, leaving his legacy behind. In 2001, his daughter, Susan, who worked at the Game Farm since she was five years old, died from Multiple Myeloma at age 37. Both were passionate about animals and were steadfast in maintaining Long Island's environment.
"I can think of no better way to help preserve the memories of Stanley and Susan. They helped our family pursue its dream of building a park where children can see and interact with animals found in nature. Through this scholarship, we help college students pursue their dreams," said Diane Novak, Co-Founder and Owner of the Long Island Game Farm.
Students can apply by obtaining application materials through their high school guidance department or by visiting www.longislandgamefarm.com/scholarship. The winner will be announced on or about Wednesday, June 1, 2011. For more information about the Long Island Game Farm or the scholarship program, visit www.longislandgamefarm.com or call (631) 878-6670.
The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.