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Woodbury, Connecticut

Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Scholarship

Established  in Feb. 2013

By LaBonne’s Markets and the Woodbury Community

In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and the death of Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who gave her life to protect her students, a memorial scholarship has been established in her honor through the Woodbury Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Hochsprung was a Woodbury resident and principal of both Woodbury and Bethlehem Elementary Schools from 2004 to 2010, before going to Sandy Hook.

Ms. Hochsprung was a principal and educator who dedicated her life to her students, referring to them as her “children,” wanting school to be a positive place.  

“I am safe, responsible, respectful and prepared” was the code with which her students started their days.

She inspired her students, their parents and those who worked with her to strive to reach their fullest potential, through her love of learning, and caring and nurturing nature.

Ms. Hochsprung was fond of recognizing students who were “caught being excellent.”

She graduated from Naugatuck High School, received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Connecticut University and was posthumously awarded her Ph.D. in education leadership from the Esteves School at the Sage College in Troy, NY.

She lived and embodied her passion for learning and teaching children and her legacy for that will be carried on through the Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Scholarship Fund

If you would like to learn more about Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars®, contact us at or by mail at P.O. Box 716, Woodbury, CT  06798.