By Eli Davis
The Cory Hubbard Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to high school seniors who have achieved excellence in the classroom, on the athletic field and in their community.
The scholarship, honoring the memory of Hubbard, who was killed in a hit and run on January 17, will be given to a senior from Westhampton Beach High School in New York, the high school Hubbard graduated from in 2010. One will also be awarded to a senior from Hampton Bays High School, where Hubbard’s father, Ralph Hubbard, taught science until he retired in June of 2013.
Hubbard was a member of the club lacrosse team at the University of Maryland and was set to graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology.
“We want to acknowledge students who have been good, positive role models in the community and we want to remember Cory’s legacy in our community,” Ralph Hubbard said.
The scholarship will award recipients $1,000 to go toward their college tuition. The family wants to reward students who best embody how Hubbard lived and also to help families who need financial support, according to Hubbard.
“We want to take something away [from this negative situation] and do something positive for someone in his memory,” Hubbard’s mother, Holly Hubbard said.
Hubbard lettered in football, wrestling and lacrosse at Westhampton Beach High School, earning All-County recognition in all three varsity sports.
He was also awarded the Golden 11 award, which is given to 11 football players in Suffolk County, N.Y., who excel academically and athletically, according to Kathleen Masterson, athletic director at Westhampton Beach High School.
“He was one of the top [lacrosse] goalies to ever graduate,” Masterson said.
Masterson, who has been the catalyst behind the formation of the scholarship along with Hubbard’s three high school varsity coaches, has already raised $27,000, she said.
“The scholarship exemplifies who Cory was,” Masterson said. “He was the life of the party, was always a jokester, he could make you smile.”
Although there is still an ongoing investigation into whether alcohol was a factor in the fatal hit and run, the Hubbard family is in the process of setting up the Live Your Cor Foundation, which will help the families of DWI accident victims, according to Ralph Hubbard.
The foundation has already begun selling stickers and sweatshirts.
“You feel like [Cory] is your best friend,” Ralph Hubbard said. “To live your ‘cor’ is to treat everyone you meet as your best friend.”
“He was definitely a kid that brought out the best in everybody,” Holly Hubbard said. “We want his memory to live on and try to help people on a greater scale.”
The Hubbard family is grateful to all of the University of Maryland students and faculty, especially the campus police, who have reached out to them to lend support.
Donations for the Cory Hubbard Memorial Scholarship may be sent to Westhampton Beach Athletics at 49 Lilac Road, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 11978.