Chamber Foundation Awards Additional Scholarships After Challenging Year
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation granted scholarships to six graduating high school seniors in the region, totaling $7,500 in awards. Students who have demonstrated dedication to their education and to their community were recognized for their accomplishments. Additionally, the scholarship program focuses on students who plan to continue to contribute to eastern CT through their future work.
Justin Lamoureux, who graduated from the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern CT, will attend UConn to study exercise science, working toward becoming a physical therapist. Norwich Free Academy graduates Ann’Darhaly Barbot will study psychology at UConn, and Sherlande Alexandre will study pre-med course at Tampa University with plans to attend medical school to become an OBGYN doctor.
Zoie Gruber, who graduated Montville High School, will attend University of Maine to study business psychology. East Lyme High School graduate Ryan DeCosta will attend Mitchell College and pursue a career in special education and mental health. Cierra O’Grady graduated from Fitch High School and will study computer science at Worchester Polytechnic Institute.
“Following an economically challenging year for students and families, the Chamber Foundation decided to award two additional scholarships this year, as we did in 2020,” said Louis Ziegler, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our support of eastern CT’s rising workforce is vital in our recovering and growing economy. We are pleased to be able to provide this financial assistance to promising high school seniors pursuing higher education or exploring vocational training that will lead to careers in the region.”
Scholarship funding comes from Foundation initiatives throughout the year. This year the Foundation is pleased to have the support of sponsors through the “Every Month is a Holiday” campaign, with year-long media sponsor The Day and creative support from Miranda Creative and Eighty Six Media.