LYNDON CENTER -- Every October the Lyndon State College community sets aside an afternoon to celebrate and congratulate students for their hard work, their persistence, and their accomplishments. It is also an opportunity to introduce scholarship recipients to some of the generous donors that make awards available to students. Lyndon State College's Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held the afternoon of Oct. 20. A total of 174 awards were given out in 39 different scholarship categories.
The Robert E. Long Scholarship was established in 1982 in the memory of Robert E. Long, the fourth president of Lyndon. This award honors students who have completed at least two semesters at Lyndon and who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.75 with at least 12 graded credits. This year's recipients were Jennifer Adams, Taylore Aussiker, Andrew Cochran, David Daly, Rosalyn Devincentis, Chase Dunham, Jeremiah Hamel, Wesley Hatch, Patrick Hilton, Kyle Kurtich, Aja Lessard, Chelsea Merrill, Erin Milne, Anna Mumford, Allison Poulin, Emma Shattuck, Willis Stearns, Isaac Tanney and Julia Trombley.
The Alumni Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated academic achievement and community service, have completed 30 credit hours at the college, and have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0. Rachel Keller, Gabrielle Matthewson, Julia Trombley, Mariah Ogden and Michelle Wilcox were this year's winners.
Rachel Keller and Samantha Wolf were awarded the Irene Blanchard Scholarship For Vermont Women, created by Professor Emerita Irene Blanchard, a staunch advocate of women's rights. Her goal is to support women attending LSC who are natives to the area with clear leadership skills and who contribute to making better the lives of others through their work. This year's Susan C. Gallagher Scholarship in Psychology was presented to Jennifer Adams and Rosalyn Devincentis. This honor is given to deserving students studying psychology with preference to students majoring in the field.
The Kennametal Scholarship is given to a Vermont student, preferably from the Northeast Kingdom, who is a junior in the business program, and who demonstrates strong performance and leadership in the field. Lyndonville's Patrick Hilton received the honor this year. The Angelo Bona Entrepreneur Scholarship honors the spirit of entrepreneurship in a returning business student. Created by the family of Angelo Bona, a well-respected Lyndonville businessman, this award was given to Willis Stearns in recognition of his vision for creating economic opportunities in our area.
The Edmund B. Mello Memorial Scholarship, started by friends of Edmund B. Mello, a long-time and well-respected business professor at Lyndon, was given to Clint Glover. The scholarship rewards a returning student majoring in business who has achieved academic success and demonstrates courage and fortitude. Julia Trombley and Susan Wood received The Barry McCormick Memorial Scholarship, an honor that recognizes outstanding Vermont students majoring in business who embody the spirit and self-determination of the scholarship's namesake, Barry McCormick.
Samantha Winsor and David Young were recipients of the Barbara Bona Memorial Scholarship, established by Fred Bona and his family in honor of Fred's wife, Barbara, to support Concord High School students who are attending Lyndon.
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, a 1986 graduate of Lyndon's Meteorology department, has established a scholarship at Lyndon to support students majoring in Atmospheric Sciences and specializing in Electronic Journalism Arts. Amanda Curran and Christopher McCray were winners of this year's Jim Cantore Scholarship.
Two other awards were given out for Atmospheric Sciences students. The Gil and Avis Ford Scholarship was awarded to Nicholas Merianos and Curt Olson. The award supports Atmospheric Sciences students showing academic promise and a commitment to service to their community. The Norman Sebastian Scholarship honors Atmospheric Science majors based upon their academic potential and community involvement, and was awarded to Nicholas Aresco.
Eric Blaisdell, editor of "The Critic," the college's student newspaper, was the recipient of the Helen and Weldon Chamberlin Scholarship -- awarded to a returning student from the northeast who demonstrates superior writing skills. The James Doyle Scholarship was awarded to Sarah Aube and Shera Howe. This fund provides assistance and support to deserving students pursuing studies in the liberal arts, particularly English.
The Louise Daniel Human Services Award, awarded to students based on scholarship, community service, and their commitment to pursuing a career in human services, was presented to Olivia Hastings and Aja Lessard.
Peacham's Jan Eastman started The Edgerton Scholarship in 2004 in honor of her mother and grandmother, both students of Lyndon Normal School. It is awarded to education students selected by the Education Department for demonstrating promise in their major. This year's recipients were Nicholas Brien, Shari Larocque, Gabrielle Mathewson, Sunshine McNabb, Erin Milne, Ethan Mitchell, Chelsea Murray, Danielle Pinson and Miranda Saunders.
The Helen R. Guild Scholarship, which is awarded to a student majoring in Elementary Education who displays academic promise, was presented to Julie Burkholder. This scholarship was founded by alumni Jay Hurd in memory of his mother-in-law, Helen Guild, a long-time educator.
Sarah Wolcott won both The Kathleen Perry and The Florence Drew Scholarships. The Perry award is given to an elementary education student who is maintaining a competitive grade point average and is likely to make a promising contribution to the profession of teaching. The Florence Drew Scholarship was created in memory of Florence E. Drew, who served as the Dean of Women at Lyndon Normal School for 22 years.
The Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Awards Committee selected these students who have all completed two semesters of full-time study at Lyndon and who have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as the 2011-12 Faculty and Staff Scholars: Vance Brooks, Kelly Butler, Erin Milne, Mariah Ogden and Julia Trombley.
Jennifer Adams, David Daly, Daniel Haycook and Curt Olson were awarded the The Faculty Federation Scholarship, created to assist returning students who have a proven record of academic excellence or have shown academic improvement.
The H. Franklin Irwin Scholarship was awarded to Wesley Hatch. This award is named for the president of the college from 1971 to 1975 and is given to a meritorious student pursuing studies in certain academic disciplines, particularly English.
The LSC Foundation Scholarships are specially marked for Vermont and Northeast Kingdom residents who have demonstrated academic potential and community service. Recipients were Jennifer Adams, Michael Cartularo, Cynthia Dizazzo, Richard Hackett, Kenedi Hall, Anna Mumford, Colleen Shepard and Tyler Tinker.
Shelby Coutu was awarded the Lynda Morgan Visual Arts Scholarship, which was established by long-time Institutional Advancement assistant Lynda Morgan to assist a Vermont student studying Graphic Design and maintaining a competitive GPA.
Recently retired Lyndon president Moore was on hand to present the President Carol A. Moore Scholarship for Women in the Sciences to Kelly Butler and Samantha Wolf.
The Passumpsic Savings Bank sponsors an endowment for a Lyndon student from the Northeast Kingdom who is majoring in business, is planning a career in business, and shows great academic achievement. This year's award went to Amber Tabor. Aja Lessard won the Honors Scholarship, also funded by the Bank, given to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and who resides in the Passumpsic Savings Bank service area in the Northeast Kingdom or northern New Hampshire.
The Richard and Terry Portner Fine and Performing Arts Award, established to support an upper-class student who, regardless of major, has been consistently involved in music, art, or theater while at Lyndon State College, was presented to Aaron Gingras.
The Alfred Toborg Scholarship was presented to Nicholas Ledo; the Peggy Williams L eadership Scholarship was awarded to Emma Shattuck; and Felicia Lacoss received The Ben and Rosalie Harris Nursing Scholarship, established to support a pre-nursing student showing academic promise.
The Vermont Association of Broadcasters Scholarship award was created to encourage and help deserving broadcast students enter the field of broadcasting. This year the award was given to fifteen dedicated and deserving Electronic Journalism Arts students: David Carmichael, Justin Chenette, Alexander Farnworth, Michael Howard, Jace Kaszycki, Aaron Kormos, Kevin Lessard, Peter Lipomi, Erica Ponte, Erik Randlov, Brian Stone, Catherine Vitale, Julianne Walshaw, Michelle Wilcox and Jason Zheng.
The Cola H. Hudson Endowment is the result of Lyndon State College working with the Lyndon Institute Alumni Association to honor the life and work of Rep. Cola Hudson. This endowment provides a perpetual source of scholarship support to Lyndon Institute graduates from Burke, Sutton, and Lyndon attending the college, and was awarded this year to Taylore Aussiker and Felicia Lacoss.
The Danny Gore Family Scholarship award honors Danny's wife, Barbara Whitney. He always gives it in fond memory, but also in very good humor ... this year to Jennifer Morin and Rene Thibault.
Nicole Pfahl was the recipient of the Lewis/Larkin Scholarship, named in honor of two former female Lyndon students whose lives were sadly cut short. This award is given to a young lady in the Mountain Recreation Management program who exemplifies the work ethic, spirit, and dedication for which Ashley Lewis and Tammy Larkin are remembered. Also in the Mountain Recreation Department, the Charles and Alice Pudvah Sinon scholarship went to Allison Poulin.
Created in honor of Martha Wood, a former professor in the Exercise Science Department respected for her honesty and work ethic, the Martha E. Wood Scholarship was awarded to a young man who has quickly carved out a name for himself at Lyndon, Wildens Fils.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund sponsors students living in Coos County in New Hampshire and surrounding communities who are pursuing an education in early childhood studies. The Tillotson award was granted to Lindsey Fitch.
The T.N. Vail/Woodall Scholarship, one of Lyndon's most prestigious, honors a student or students with an outstanding academic record. Nicholas Aresco and Uriah Burhans were announced as this year's recipients.
The Early Promise Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who show bright academic promise and who have chosen college despite the monetary burden, recognizing that the value of an education far outweighs the cost of an education. This year the college presented the award to Hilary Bailey, Tyler Breault, Lauren Clancy, Cynthia Dizazzo, Ashleigh Downing, Matthew Green, Wesley Hatch, Naomi Larrabee, Hannah Lingley, Kaylee Maclure, Chelsea Merrill, Teera Paye, Rebecca Poginy, Dylan Poutre, Kyle Piper, Nickolus Potter, Chelsea L. Smith, Michael Sullivan, Jessica Therrien, Hanna White, Kristen Wright and Heidi Young.