The family of Brian J. Lane, a Questar III student who passed away in February has created a scholarship in his honor. (L-R) Abigail Lane (Brian’s Sister), Jennifer Lane (Brian’s mother), Jake Stomieroski (CGEC Principal)

A new scholarship for Construction Technologies students at Columbia-Greene Educational Center is now available thanks to the generosity of the family of a former student.

Brian J. Lane, passed away in February 2020.  A 2018 graduate of Catskill High School, Brian also attended the ALP and Construction Technologies Programs at CGEC.

Because his Questar III experience was an important part of his’s high school career, his parents, Brian and Jennifer Lane, recently made a very generous donation to establish the Brian J. Lane Memorial Scholarship in his memory.  Part of the scholarship funds were raised at a recent Brian J. Lane Memorial Cruise-in.  Mrs. Lane and her daughter Abigail, Brian’s sister, recently met with CGEC Principal Jake Stomieroski to present their donation.

“Our students are members of the Questar III family, so it was heartbreaking news for us to learn of Brian’s passing.  It had been a genuine pleasure to have him as a student in our school,” said Stomieroski.

Becky Lanier, one of the teachers in the ALP remembered the mark Brian left on the school.

“Brian’s easy-going smile was infectious and lingered long after he walked out of our classroom each day. In addition to his positivity and kind spirit, Brian was a true intellectual, who thought deeply about the world around him.  He was the first person to help carry a heavy load or lend a helping hand.  He loved talking about working on trucks or other hands-on projects that he was engaged in outside of the classroom.  He loved to come in, sit down and have a conversation with whoever was around.  He was without doubt a true leader.”

Stomieroski expressed appreciation on behalf of Questar III for the donation and creation of the scholarship by the Lane family.

“We are deeply honored that the Lane family has created this scholarship as a beautiful tribute to Brian’s memory, to enable future Construction Technologies graduates to continue their education.  We are very appreciative of this kind and thoughtful gesture from the Lane family.”

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