Haney Fellowships

William Haney and Father Damian

The Haney Fellowship was established in 1998 by William "Bill" Haney, III '80, in honor of his father, the late William Haney, Jr., who lived and worked at Portsmouth Abbey School from 1968 to 1991 as a chemistry teacher, houseparent and golf coach. This creative and generous fund was established to provide Fifth Form students with a unique educational experience during the summer before their Sixth-Form year.

Students submit proposals that include a statement of purpose, a description of the program that the applicant wishes to pursue, and a documented estimate of costs. Students focus their plans on a course of study or travel/work experience that significantly furthers an existing academic interest or allows for the pursuit of a specialized opportunity. Awarded on the basis of their submitted proposals and interviews in the fall of the students' Fifth-Form year, the Haney Fellows are chosen by a committee chaired by the Headmaster with input from Bill Haney and his mother, Irene, herself a longtime Portsmouth houseparent.


Read about recent Haney recipients and their experiences in places such as Nepal, Argentina, New York City, Romania, China, South Africa, Boston, Kenya, Vietnam, and more:

2019 Recipients:

Eloise Abbate (New York, NY) - Eloise spent three weeks at the Pine Ridge Reservation home of the Oglala, Lakota and Sioux Tribe. She spent one week as a volunteer with Re-Member and two weeks volunteering at Pine Ridge Girls’ School.

Rafael Borromeo (Tampa, FL) - Rafael spent more than three weeks shadowing a professor and medical parasitologist in the Philippines on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) field and lab work.

Theodore "Ted" Falvey (Plaistow, NH) - Ted worked with KAIR (Keys Area Interdenominational Resources) and Habitat for Humanity in Marathon Key, Florida, for three-and-a-half weeks.

Jamarya Jackson (Newport, RI) - Jamarya created, built and planted a garden with the children at Child and Family Services in Newport for roughly three weeks.

Nkem (KemKem) Ogbuef(Lake Forest, IL) - Kemkem spent three weeks teaching a STEM-based curriculum to orphaned girls at Bethsheda Orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria.

2018 Recipients:

Yuxin (Evelyn) Long (Beijing, China) - Evelyn spent three weeks in China, where she served as a teaching assistant and set up Sunshine Corners to support migrant children and parents.

Virginia (Ginny) Hagerty (New Vernon, NJ) - Ginny traveled to Washington, D.C., for an internship at Central Kitchen. During her three weeks here, she conducted a feasibility study on the possibility of bringing Campus Kitchen to Portsmouth Abbey School.

Juistine DelMastro (Wakefield, RI) - Juistine traveled to India for three weeks, where she volunteered and shadowed doctors at a local hospital.

Jingqiao (Sylvie) Qiu (Beijing, China) - Sylvie worked on the construction of a dance studio and organized dance and exercise programs at Little Swan School for worker's children in Beijing, China. She also continued tutoring throughout the four-week fellowship.

Minghao (David) Sun (Shenzhen, China) - David spent three weeks studying current conditions and wrote a report about five Catholic churches in Shanghai, China.

Julia Lamarre (Dartmouth, MA) - Julia spent 11 weeks creating a program called Wings to Fly in Dartmouth, MA. She  prepared, directed, and presented a musical with developmentally disabled youth. 

2017 Recipients:

Thomas Brant (Marblehead, MA) - organized and coached an under-11 Little League team in Chelsea, MA, and in the Dominican Republic, through a baseball program sponsored by the Red Sox in the Dominican Republic.

Mary Beth Falvey (Plaistow, NH) - Worked at Four Corners Home for Children in the Navajo Nation, as a tutor, houseparent, and more.

Emma Stowe (Portsmouth, RI) - Taught English, computer skills, and other activities in Kathmandu, Nepal, through Go Eco.

Zhiyun "Katherine" Wang (Beijing, China) - Worked with Cambodian Community Dream Organization to improve conditions in villages near Siem Reap.

Jia "Kitty" Zhao (Shanghai, China) - Volunteered at Asian American Civic Association in Boston to help families.