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Scholarships Awarded, New Ones Established

The Newtown Scholarship Association awards funds to 75 students while Newtown Friends of Music establishes a new scholarship.

With the school year well underway, the Newtown Scholarship Association has released its final list of recipients while the Newtown Friends of Music has announced the creation of a new scholarship for an aspiring musician.

The new scholarship will be geared to a graduating high school senior living in Newtown who is pursuing the study of music as a career whether it be as a solo performer, composer, orchestra player or music teacher.

The Newtown Friends of Music, which in the past 11 years has sent 49 world-renowed artists to Newtown schools as part of its biannual outreach program, recently donated a check for $1,000 to the Newtown Scholarship Association.

The association already has issued $207,000 in need-based scholarships from a variety of sources to 75 students in town this year.

The Newtown Scholarship Association was established as a nonprofit organization in 1937 to promote and advance the education of high school graduates in Newtown by providing financial aid to deserving students.

Applications for next year's scholarships will be available in February through the Newtown Scholarship Association or the guidance office at Newtown High School.

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 over $3 million in need based scholarships.

Nearly 70-percent of contributions come from individuals and businesses primarily in Newtown with the remaining from fundraising events and sponsorships.

For more information about establishing a scholarship or making a donation, contact Stephanie Gaston at (203) 426-2500 or by email at NSAawards@gmail.com.

     Newtown Scholarship Association's 2011 Awards

    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

Correction: Newtown Friends of Music is the correct name of the organization. An earlier version of this article did not give the group's full name.

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