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Some of the STG awards are created to honor a person or organization. Established and funded by individuals, companies, civic groups and foundations, these awards, like all STG awards, benefit Staples High School graduates with demonstrated financial need.


By providing tuition assistance to Staples High School seniors and graduates with demonstrated financial need, these awards help students close the gap between what their family can afford and the expected cost of tuition at the student’s chosen college or vocational school.


Some of these STG Named Awards have been awarded annually for over 50 years. They are the foundation of the Staples Tuition Grants and have helped a remarkable group of young adults go on to become productive contributors to Wesport’s community and beyond. These ‘Named’ Awards recognize beloved members of the Town of Westport.

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Robert Haydon Jones Award

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Robert Haydon Jones Award

Robert Haydon Jones was a longstanding member of the STG board, and a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the program. He saw his parents wiped out financially by the Great Depression during his college years. The recipient of a scholarship from the Harvard Club in New York City allowed him to complete his Harvard degree in 1930 at age 19. Robert went on to great success in the advertising business, but never forgot that he had been helped by others. Throughout his life, he always tried to give back.