Sylvester-Hulburd Endowment

Sylvester-Hulburd Endowment

The Sylvester-Hulburd Endowment was established in 2005 to honor and stimulate personal and institutional public service in Lamoille County, while recognizing two native sons of the county and close friends from the mid-twentieth century, Harold C. Sylvester, Esq. (1904-1985) of Eden and Johnson and Benjamin N. Hulburd, Esq. (1898-1964) of Hyde Park. Their careers locally and beyond richly illustrate the traditions of public service in the county and the state.


Harold Sylvester practiced law for many years in Johnson, St. Albans, and Burlington.  His public service included appointments to the boards of directors of hospitals and schools and election to the Vermont House of Representatives. From his law office in Hyde Park, Benjamin Hulburd served as State’s Attorney, school director, and village trustee. Additionally, both of them served in the Vermont judiciary. Sylvester served on the Vermont Superior and Supreme Courts. Hulburd was Lamoille County probate judge, superior court judge, and chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.


This endowment sponsors the yearly Lamoille Seminars, a public service award, and the Harold Sylvester Scholarship.


Harold Sylvester Scholarship

This scholarship, funded by the Sylvester-Hulburd Endowment, is awarded to an upperclass student, preferably from Lamoille County, whose career goals include public and community service.


Recent Recipients


Drew Bressel, Professional Studies major, Class of 2014, Waterville, VT



Jaclyn Watson, Psychology major, Class of 2011, Jeffersonville, VT



  • Krystal Williams, majoring in psychology, Class of 2011, Jericho, VT