NEWPORT -- The Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded five scholarships to United Christian Academy and North Country Union High School graduates this year. The scholarships are given in memory of Eli Goss, who was a senior at UCA when he passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Sept. 17, 2010 on the Gore Road in Morgan.

UCA graduate Paul Saaman received his award at UCA's commencement on June 7. North Country students Katelyn Bowen, Hollie Smith, Kylie Maple and Tucker Corrow received their scholarships at the NCUHS community scholarship awards night on June 4.

"Caring about students with heart ..." The Eli mission is to expand scholarship opportunities to include students who did the work, balanced academics, sports, friends and family, and were caring in their relationships. Eli is remembered for his many friendships that built a bridge between UCA and NCUHS, and in many ways helped to break down social walls and encourage support between the two schools.

One hundred percent of all donations to the Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund go directly to scholarships supporting the pursuit of career goals of graduating seniors at both UCA and NCUHS. It is the only Scholarship Fund of its kind in the area, created and managed by students, faculty and friends at both UCA and NCUHS.

An ice fishing tournament organized by Gary LeBaron and the Student Forum at NCUHS is an important source of funding for the fund. This past winter the tournament contributed $2500 to the Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund. This amount includes many generous contributions from members of the community and the sale of tournament sweatshirts. UCA parents and students have also been raising funds throughout the year for the scholarship fund in memory of their varsity soccer and basketball player Eli Goss.

In the past four years the Eli Fund has awarded 22 scholarships of $500 each to students at UCA and NCUHS. Each year plaques are updated at each school with all of the recipients' names on them.

Contact Stephanie Goss (802) 673-8931 for information or go to www.eligossmemorialfund.com where you can see photos, make a donation, or order a sweatshirt from the fishing tournament. Donations of caring can also be mailed to 262 Campbell Rd., Newport, VT 05855. Checks can be made payable to The Eli Goss Memorial Fund.

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