Seniors at Webutuck High School in northeast Dutchess County.


Alice and Richard Henriquez were longtime residents of Millerton, N.Y., and, while living, maintained close relationships with that community's youth. The award was established by the late Richard Henriquez in memory of his wife, Alice, to encourage young people to use their writing and analytical skills to address contemporary issues.


In your life experiences, how have you resolved a situation satisfying ‘your peace of mind’ with ‘justice and compassion’ after witnessing or being a part of an upsetting confrontation or discussion?

"It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it." -Eleanor Roosevelt

"Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan

Do either of these quotes above resonate with a situation you have experienced?

  • Describe the situation and what steps you took or might have taken to bring resolution.
  • Did this experience change your attitude toward or acceptance of another person?

The maximum length for the essay is 500 words. While each essay must be the original work of its author, applicants are permitted to have their essays reviewed by a faculty member before submitting their applications.


Seniors at Webutuck High School who are entering their first year of a two-year or four-year nationally accredited college, university or trade-school.


The award is $1,000. Payments will be made directly to the college or university of the recipient.


Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the writing.
  • Clarity of thinking and addressing the theme.
  • Creativity of overall submission.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund (QUEST) Committee. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors. The prize will be awarded during the Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.

Apply for the Alice B. Henriquez Memorial Fund Writing Prize by March 15.