Over 150 Students to Share $184,000 in Scholarships

June 13, 2017 - Over 150 students at varying levels of their academic careers were awarded a total of $184,000 in scholarships from Main Street Community Foundation. The students – graduating high school seniors, current college students and adult learners – hail from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott as well as other communities.

The majority of scholarship grants were awarded during the Community Foundation’s June 13, 2017 Scholarship Reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol. The Reception, which is held annually to celebrate the recipients and thank the generous donors, was attended by nearly 240 people.

“This year’s group of scholarship recipients is very impressive,” says Susan Sadecki, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are proud to support these students and grateful to the donors whose generosity has made these awards possible for the last 22 years.”

Scholarship grants were awarded from 68 of the 217 named funds administered by the Community Foundation and established by generous local individuals, families and businesses. Although each scholarship has unique criteria, all donors seek to assist students in pursuing their education and achieving their goals and dreams; they have a belief that helping students ease the financial obligations of education is an investment in the future.

All scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process. A volunteer selection committee appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors evaluates all applicants before recommending recipients.

The 2017 Main Street Community Foundation scholarship recipients honored at the reception are as follows:

  • 4 Burns Scholarship - St. Joseph/St. Paul Fund: Luke Hines and Gianna Houle
  • Christian Arndt Scholarship Fund: Jennifer Fisher
  • E. Bartlett Barnes Award of Journalism Fund: Jaymie Bianca, Meghan Conlin, Catherine Gullotta
  • Because of 26 Kindness Award Scholarship Fund: Emily Gibney
  • Sid Bernard Memorial Art Scholarship Fund: Amanda Palladino
  • Stanley P. Bitel Memorial Fund: Natallie Jesionka
  • Peter and Marjorie Bossi Educational Fund: Kayla Rozanski
  • Bowerman Scholarship Fund: Feryal Al Hamadani
  • Bristol Boys & Girls Club Schulman Fund: Isabella Castrogiovanni and Anthony Lozier
  • Bristol Police Scholarship Fund: Anthony Lozier
  • Bristol Yale Club Scholarship Fund: Feryal Al Hamadani and Gabriella Williams
  • Burlington Lions Charities Scholarship Fund: Patrick Currier, Kevin Kryzwick, Jacob Paciotti
  • Conn Acoustics Scholarship Fund: Angela DeFilippo, Cody Donofrio, Angelika Muter
  • Peg Coughlin Nursing Scholarship Fund: Isabella Castrogiovanni
  • Rit Croce Academic and Vocational Scholarship Fund: Christine Burrill
  • Richard A. DellaVecchia Scholarship Fund: Jesse Rasten
  • Karen Finder Scholarship Fund: Zada Gonzalez
  • Carolyn Fisher Scholarship Fund: Christian Robinson
  • Olivia Fusco Memorial Art Scholarship Fund: Katerina Belales
  • GE's Industrial Solutions Scholarship Fund: Justin Greenwood, Hannah Jackman, Hank Leitzke, Jarod Romankiw, Alexandra Schulz, Hannah Schulz, Renukanandan Tumu
  • Andrew and Murielle Giacomini Scholarship Fund: Taya Watson
  • Azilda Hebert Music Scholarship Fund: Lauren Santiago
  • Dorothy Micloskey Ives Award Fund: Lauren Santiago
  • Grace & Norma Joy Scholarship Fund: Francess Luna
  • Vincent T. Kozyrski Scholarship Fund: Simon Andrews
  • Sean Landry Memorial Basketball Scholarship Fund: John Grimes
  • John J. and Doris Lazorik Memorial Scholarship Fund: Mikayla Lewandoski and Casey Walters
  • Leger Initiative for Education Fund: Kaitlin Steinen
  • Dave Lepore Journalism Scholarship Fund: Taylor Hartz
  • Therese MacCallum "Great Kid" Scholarship Fund: Deep Aluria and McKenna Belury
  • Nicholas P. Maglio ACE Fund: Christopher LeBeau
  • Robert E. and Angeline P. McCormack Scholarship Fund: Samantha Steeves
  • Ken E. Micloskey Award: Bradley Kozikowski
  • NESMA Scholarship Fund: Natallie Jesionka and Ashley Nelson
  • AJR Nocera Memorial Fund: Alexa Cahill and Kayla Rozanski
  • Anthony Norton Scholarship Fund: John Grimes
  • Scott W. Organ Student-Athletic Scholarship Fund: Cole Staples
  • Ralph Papazian Memorial Scholarship Fund: Autumn Blasi
  • Estelle Delano Peterson Scholarship Fund: Kelsey Turgeon
  • Dorothy Dewey Picard Music Scholarship Fund: Lauren Santiago
  • Plymouth Community Club Scholarship Fund: John Grimes
  • Max and Ruth Rabin Scholarship Fund: Gabriella Williams
  • Radcliff Family Education Fund: Alexa Cahill, Tyrah Green, Katie Pelkey, David Poniatowski
  • Radcliff Plainville High School Fund: Jared Demmons, Stephen Gallo, Gregory Sileo, Nicholas Zaleski
  • Louis J. Rascoe Scholarship Fund: Gillian Strahowski
  • Julie A. Roche Nursing Scholarship Fund: Isabella Castrogiovanni
  • Douglas Roland Aid for the Trades Scholarship Fund: Marena Baldyga
  • Clement J. Roy Scholarship Fund: Feryal Al Hamadani
  • Lawrence (Larry) Scelza Memorial Scholarship Fund: Audrey Gallo
  • Glo Sessions Fund for Art Education: Amanda Palladino
  • Jill Lynne Shackett Educational Scholarship Fund: Marissa Brevetti and Ashley Yung
  • Southington Observer/StepSaver Scholarship Fund: Rachel Wrinn
  • Jay W. and Elizabeth M. Tyrrell Scholarship Fund: Pia Barlotta and Alexa Cahill
  • Louise (Humphrey) Van Gorder Music Camp Scholarship Fund: Luke Ashworth
  • Dr. Joan T. Wallace Prize for Highest Achievement in English at Southington High School: Nickolina Doran and Rebecca Lo Presti
  • Peggy Ann Walsh Memorial Scholarship Fund: Feryal Al Hamadani, Mikayla Lewandoski, Raina Lambert, Ashley Yung
  • Kristen Warner Scholarship Fund: Jesse Rasten
  • John Whitcomb Scholarship Fund: Tejal Monteiro
  • Eva Brodowicz Wickwire Volunteer Scholarship Fund: Isabella Castrogiovanni
  • Yarde Metals Memorial Scholarship Fund: Carly Brunelle, Melody Catalano, Nicole Collin, Gary Gagnier, David Kaminski, Nicole Ledesma, Dillon Murphy, Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Thorpe

Furthermore, the following scholarships were awarded to local secondary school students:

  • Keating-Monaghan Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded scholarship grants to 41 students attending St. Joseph School in Bristol
  • Lena M. & Peter L. Korotie Scholarship Fund awarded one student attending St. Paul Catholic High School a scholarship grant
  • Malerbo Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded scholarship grants to 22 students attending St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol
  • St. Matthew School Scholarship Fund awarded one student attending St. Matthew School in Bristol a scholarship grant