Montclair History Center Puts Out Call For High School Seniors To Apply For Hortense Tate Scholarship


For over 50 years, education has been a critical component of the Montclair History Center’s mission—embodied in its local history programs for school children and adults, and in its library that serves as a center for local historical research. Furthermore, the inhabitants of the historic properties we maintain – particularly Hortense Tate, the namesake for this $500 scholarship — placed great emphasis on education.

The Shultz family, who built “Evergreens” at 30 North Mountain Avenue in 1896, were the STEM advocates of their day – valuing science and technology advances in particular. Israel Crane built the 1796 Crane House, originally located at 159 Glenridge Avenue, and was a strong advocate for children’s education in Montclair.

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Hortense Ridley Tate. From 1921 and throughout the 20th century, Mrs. Tate was a motivational staff figure at the Glenridge Avenue YWCA (which occupied the Crane House from 1920-1965). Her leadership and commitment to education inspired countless young women by creating a positive environment, fostering cultural pride, and encouraging African American women to pursue higher educational degrees.

The Montclair History Center welcomes young men and women from the high school graduating class of 2018 who live in Montclair to apply for the $500 scholarship awarded in Mrs. Tate’s name. Scholarship application forms are available at or by contacting The Montclair History Center at or call 973-744-1796. Applications are due by April 5, 2018.

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