(Submitted by Stephanie Gaston)
The Newtown Scholarship Association, Inc. is pleased to announce its scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year.
All awards have just been finalized with 75 students receiving a total of $207,000 in financial-need-based awards.
“The total dollar amount of awards this year is once again a reflection of the growing need in our community and the ever-escalating tuition costs," said Stephanie Gaston, chairwoman of the NSA awards committee.
The scholarship association was established as a nonprofit organization in 1937 to promote and advance the education of secondary school graduates residing in Newtown by providing financial aid to deserving students. In 1937, a single $50 scholarship was awarded. In its history, the NSA has helped more than 1,000 students achieve a post-secondary education and awarded more than $3 million in need based scholarships.
Nearly 70-percent of contributions come from generous individuals and businesses primarily from Newtown with the remaining from fund raising events and sponsorships. For more information about establishing a scholarship or making a donation please contact Stephanie Gaston at (203) 426-2500 or by email at NSAawards@gmail.com.
The award recipients are:College Student Name College Attending Class of Scholarship(s) Awarded 1. Kevin Davies Western Connecticut State University 2012 Newtown Savings Bank & Sippin Energy Products 2. Amber Ruscoe Castleton State College 2012 Roberty Y. Brown & Karen Anderson-Cole Memorials 3. Lauren Busser Sarah Lawrence College 2012 Taunton Press Inc. & Newtown Woman's Club 4. Alexandra Clement University of California at Santa Barbara 2012 Rotary Club of Newtown & Paul Dohrenwend Memorial 5. Melissa Fracker Western Connecticut State University 2012 Nancy Dudley Memorial 6. James Hilton Western Connecticut State University 2012 Greg Chion Band & Color Guard Memorial 7. Maia Jacoby Hampshire College 2012 Flora Lavery Memorial & Garden Club of Newtown 8. Katherine Kelleher University of Connecticut 2012 James Osborne Memorial & Women Involved in Newtown 9. Emily Lockhart Western Connecticut State University 2012 Dr. Louis Wasserman & Lynn & Lysbeth Platt Memorials 10. Cristina Parks Eastern Connecticut State University 2012 Mr. & Mrs. Jack Friel Memorial & Rotary Club of Newtown 11. Jaclyn Petrasanta St. John's University 2012 Jason Edwards Family Honorary & Fayette Overholt Memorial 12. Sara Pollock Sacred Heart University 2012 Lee Davenson Memorial & Eileen Willig Honorary 13. Daniel Rahmlow Marist College 2012 Newtown Savings Bank & Toro Restaurant 14. Jaimee Rocca Franciscan University of Steubenville 2012 Robert Dean & James Taylor Garbarino Memorials 15. Nicholas Rosa University of Virginia 2012 Lt. Robert W. Vogel U.S.N. Memorial 16. Genevieve Santayana University of the Sciences Philadelphia 2012 Karen Anderson-Cole Memorial 17. Shannon Seaman Roger Williams University 2012 Smialowski Family Fund & Joseph Borrello Memorial 18. Renata Villarreal University of Connecticut 2012 Edna Carling Memorial 19. Katherine Bamberg Clark University 2013 Greg Chion Band & Color Guard Memorial 20. Daniel Berlingeri Ithaca College 2013 Virginia Lathrop & Joseph Hammond Memorials 21. Cara Colacurcio Central Connecticut State University 2013 Rysz Family Memorial 22. Paulina Grzybowski University of Connecticut 2013 Paul Smith Memorial & Taunton Press Inc. 23. Dylan Kelleher Dickinson College 2013 Rotary Club of Newtown & William Honan Memorial 24. Emma Knickerbocker University of Vermont 2013 Ruth Wuerthele & Virginia Lee Burroughs Memorials 25. Christopher Matthei Emmanuel College 2013 Justin Potter & Mathew Luf Memorials 26. Megan Pendagast Rider University 2013 Eileen Willig Honorary 27. Renee Rushefski Cornell University 2013 Newtown Savings Bank 28. Natalie Villa Yale University 2013 Smialowski Family Fund Honorary 29. Erik Wessel Northeastern University 2013 Lt. Robert W. Vogel, U.S.N. Memorial 30. Edward White University of Rhode Island 2013 Newtown Savings Bank 31. Gretchen Hoffman Princeton University 2013 Timothy Treadwell Memorial 32. Nadeem Ahmed University of Connecticut 2014 Smialowski Family Fund 33. Reecca Bloom Pace University 2014 Olga Knoepke Memorial 34. Michelle Davies Western Connecticut State University 2014 Lilla Dean Honorary 35. Samantha DeFillippe Bridgewater State University 2014 Taunton Press, Inc. 36. Zoe DeStories Harvard University 2014 Timothy Treadwell Memorial 37. Tracy Dunn Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 2014 Dr. Louis Wasserman Memorial 38. Sarah Ferris George Washington University 2014 Smialowski Family Fund Honorary 39. April Gaddis Roger Williams University 2014 Greg Chion Memorial 40. Dana Hansen University of Maryland 2014 Jonathan R. Ullo Memorial 41. Taylor Hennessey Western Connecticut State University 2014 Isabelle Murray Memorial 42. Sam Hoagland Western Connecticut State University 2014 Fayette Overholt Charity Foundation 43. Erik Hoffman SUNY Purchase 2014 Smialowski Family Fund Honorary 44. Kathleen Holroyd Western Connecticut State University 2014 Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation 45. Molly Matthei Framingham State University 2014 Dr. Louis Wasserman Memorial 46. Kyle O'Connor University of Pennsylvania 2014 Newtown Savings Bank 47. Julia Pendagast Rider University 2014 J.P. Maguire & Associates 48. Jacqueline Rosa University of Maine 2014 Rotary Club of Newtown 49. Andrew Shugarts Virginia Tech 2014 Newtown Savings Bank 50. Mattew Slattery Montclair State University 2014 Lee Davenson Memorial 51. Emily Slosson Post University 2014 Lt. Robert W. Vogel, U.S.N. Memorial 52. Kelly Stendahl Western Connecticut State University 2014 Mack & Virginia Lathrop Memorial 53. Lyndi Szabo Franklin Pierce University 2014 Fayette Overholt Charity Foundation 54. Elizabeth Tarshis Bridgewater State University 2014 Rysz Family Memorial 55. Gabriela Tejeda Sacred Heart University 2014 Garden Club of Newtown 56. Christopher Teri University of Connectict 2014 Obre Music Honorary 57. Anthony Vacaro University of Delaware 2014 Brett Pryor Memorial 58. Leah Barrett Tulane University 2015 Annabelle Rosenthal Memorial 59. Timothy Bloom Central Connecticut State University 2015 Dr. & Mrs. Russell Strasburger & William A. Upham Memorials 60. Kellyanne Brophy University of Maryland 2015 Newtown Savings Bank 61. Meaghan Carney Loyola University 2015 Sylvea & Nelson Curtis, Rebecca VanSyckle & Virginia Lee Burroughs Memorials 62. Alexandra Cernick Fairleigh Dickinson University 2015 Taunton Press, Inc. 63. Emily Erickson Sacred Heart University 2015 Smialowski Family Fund Honorary 64. Theo Hartlett Berklee College of Music 2015 Joseph Borrello & Leonard J. Manz Memorials 65. David Klein Eastern Connecticut State University 2015 Mr. & Mrs. Jack Friel Memorial 66. Hannah Koch Boston College 2015 Rotary Club of Newtown 67. AnnaMarie Lewis Western Connecticut State University 2015 NSA Board of Governors & William A. Upham Memorial 68. Kelly O'Connor Catholic University 2015 William A. Upham Memorial & Newtown Savings Bank 69. Linnea Pearson Culinary Institute of America 2015 Barbara Lindquist Memorial 70. Brian Reed Princeton University 2015 Timothy Treadwell Memorial 71. Patricia Santayana James Madison University 2015 William A. Upham & James Hinkley Memorials 72. Sarah Smith Western Connecticut State University 2015 Norma Pierson Memorial 73. Emily Teri Indiana University 2015 Smialowski Family Fund Honorary & William A. Upham Memorial 74. Danielle Villa Marist College 2015 Lt. Robert W. Vogel, U.S.N. Memorial 75. Daniel White University of Connecticut 2015 Stephen Mazuroski #73 Athlete Memorial