Celebration of Scholarships
Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing

Scholarship History

Judith Freidenberg created the Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing in December 2012 to provide awards to undergraduate students who have written a short fiction work that is deemed high quality by the awards committee and who can demonstrate that the funds will be used to further their interest in fiction writing. This fund honors the memory of Judith Freidenberg's son, who loved and excelled in writing short stories.

Donor Statement

Sebastian Herbstein was born and raised in New York City. He was the middle child of Drs. Diego Herbstein, a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, and Judith Freidenberg, a faculty member at the University of Maryland. After graduating from high school in 1992, “Sebi” enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. At Colby, Sebi grew and flourished. His studies focused upon fiction writing, in which he excelled. Sebi was a young man who found great joy in the simple pleasures of life. He enjoyed telling fanciful stories, laughing heartily with friends, and pursuing his love of cooking. Sebi also loved to travel. Following graduation from Colby in 1996, he lived in Paris and Tokyo, where he taught English and completed his semi-autobiographical novel. He had a talent for bringing people together as friends. Sebastian passed away in June 2002. In memory of her son, Judith Freidenberg established an endowed fund to provide two awards to undergraduates who share Sebastian’s passion for fiction writing and excellence in storytelling.

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