As a student at Trumansburg High School in Trumansburg, New York, the late Philip B. Huttar ’54 knew he would have to earn the money to pay for his college education.
Then Huttar was offered a chance to participate in a weekend of debates at Syracuse University. His enthusiasm and talent won over the Syracuse administrators, who offered the high school student a full scholarship. He made the most of this opportunity, going on to a successful, 23-year career as a human resources executive with General Motors.
A proud alum and an avid fan and supporter of the University’s athletic teams, Huttar maintained a lifelong relationship with SU. Through a generous bequest in his will, he established the Philip B. Huttar Endowed Scholarship Fund to help other students from Trumansburg attend SU.
After Huttar passed away in February 2012, Trumansburg High School held a memorial celebration to honor him and his scholarship. The event was attended by more than 400 students, as well as teachers, counselors, Huttar family members, several of his Syracuse University fraternity brothers, and representatives from Syracuse University.
Huttar was described as an enthusiastic leader whose pride in both Syracuse and Trumansburg lasted his entire lifetime. “My brother was very proud of his education at SU,” recalled his brother, James Huttar. “He said, ‘Syracuse University changed my life forever.’”
Meghan Durling ’14:
A Dream Come True
When Jacqueline Durling heard about a Syracuse University scholarship that was established for students of Trumansburg High School, she suggested to her daughter—then an SU sophomore—that she apply. Soon after, when the recipients of the Philip B. Huttar Endowed Scholarship were announced, Meghan Durling’s name was among them.
Created by a generous bequest from a Syracuse grad who had also attended Trumansburg High, the gift was his way of showing his gratitude for the opportunities SU had afforded him. “The Huttar Scholarship is what kept me at Syracuse University,” she says. “It is nice to know that someone from my hometown was so successful that he could make an SU education possible for others.”
Syracuse University was Durling’s dream school—within a fairly short driving distance of home, but far enough away to give her the sense of independence she wanted. It was also alive with school spirit, an important factor for her.
“I am a huge sports fan, and football is my favorite sport,” she says. “I was in color guard starting in the seventh grade and was part of the SU Marching Band as a flag twirler.” She performed with the band at many home games, and had the opportunity to travel to Canada and two Pinstripe Bowls. She was also on the field when the band was part of the pregame show at the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
A New Perspective
In addition to her studies as a history major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Durling had what she considered to be the perfect work-study job—spending 10 hours a week or more as an assistant in the Syracuse University Archives.
“Over the course of four years, I had the opportunity to work with many different aspects of Syracuse University’s history,” Durling explains. “Whether I was scanning images or documents for online exhibits or assisting with the processing of different collections, I was able to see SU history in a way that most students never get to experience.” The job also gave her valuable experience in her chosen field. “My career goal is to live in Washington, D.C., and work in a museum or as an archivist,” she says.
Durling is grateful for the opportunity to attend SU, and especially for the Huttar Scholarship. “It was a huge honor for me to be one of the first people to get the scholarship,” she says. “I hope it helps students in my hometown to know more about Syracuse University, and inspires them to go there.”