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Middlesex Savings Foundation awards college scholarships totaling $35k to local students

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 11, 2012 04:10 PM

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The Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation started in 2000 through an endowment provided by Middlesex Savings Bank, has awarded grants totaling $35,000 to area graduates from 21 communities and 30 public and vocational high schools, including Framingham, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, and Concord.

The foundation made a total of 30 scholarship grants in the amount of $1,000 to deserving students from public and vocational schools in the bank’s market area, continuing a tradition that began 10 years ago.

Recipients were chosen based on academic merit, community service, financial need, and personal and academic improvement.

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Concord's Wesley Palmer
Additionally, the sixth annual A. James Lavoie Scholarship award of $5,000 was given to Wesley Charles Palmer of Concord.

The $5,000 award is named in honor of Lavoie, former president of Middlesex Savings Bank, who was deeply committed to the support of education, according to the organization.

Palmer, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, will attend Boston University and major in film production.

Palmer was selected for the award by an independent committee for his essay that described his passion and focus in the area of filmmaking. He recounted how he had become interested in film and storytelling as a young child, and how he had nurtured his passion for visual media throughout his high school years.

Palmer has produced 15 short films and is principal and chief creative officer of a web design company, Modernist Media. He also is an Eagle Scout, and was captain of Concord-Carlisle’s indoor and outdoor track teams, competing in the shot put and javelin.

“His personal and academic achievements demonstrate remarkable leadership and perseverance. He has also shown a deep appreciation for the potential that new forms of media can have for making a positive impact on the community. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said a foundation statement.

Overall, nearly $300,000 has been distributed to date through the organization's scholarship program.

The $1,000 scholarship award recipients are listed as follows:

  • Acton-Boxborough Regional's Christopher Caro of Acton, to attend UNH
  • Algonquin Regional's Carly Koumoutseas of Southborough, to attend James Madison
  • Ashland High's Tara Minucci, to attend Quinnipiac University
  • Assabet Valley Regional Vocational's Nathan Costello of Maynard to attend UMass-Amherst
  • Bedford High's Robert Hartwell, to attend West Virginia
  • Bellingham High's Victoria Cote, to attend UMass-Lowell
  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational's Krista O'Neil of Milford, to attend UMass-Amherst
  • Concord-Carlisle's Marianne Staknis of Concord, to attend Smith College
  • Framingham High's Shamira Nambafu, to attend Fitchburg State
  • Framingham High's Vandella Hill, to attend Plymouth State
  • Franklin High's Sabryna Baxter Zedower, to attend Westfield State
  • Groton-Dunstable Regional's Raaid Arshad of Groton, to attend Boston University
  • Holliston High's Ryan Mullens, to attend UMass-Amherst
  • Hopkinton High's Beverly Reynolds, to attend Colorado College
  • Joseph P. Keefe Technical's Amanda Leach of Framingham, to attend Westfield State
  • Lincoln-Sudbury's Charlotte Marcoux of Sudbury, to attend Connecticut College
  • Littleton High's Anthony Greco, to attend Calvin College
  • Maynard High's Karina Patino, to attend Brandeis
  • Medfield High's Chris Landfield, to attend Stonehill College
  • Medway High's Rachel Yates, to attend Elon University
  • Milford High's Brandon Wright, to attend UMass-Lowell
  • Millis High's Jessica Pozniak, to attend Univ. of Dayton
  • Minuteman Regional's Anthony Carreon of Needham, to attend UMass-Lowell
  • Nashoba Valley Technical's Emma Hayes of Littleton, to attend Framingham State
  • Natick High's Kevin Ngan, to attend Tufts University
  • Needham High's Deidre Clifford, to attend Stonehill College
  • Tri-County Regional Vocational's Christina DeGaetano of Franklin, to attend Bryant University
  • Wayland High's Natalie Barone, to attend Salve Regina
  • Wellesley High's Steven Povich, to attend Dartmouth College
  • Westford Academy's Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks of Westford, to attend Middlebury College

For more information about the foundation, visit their website.

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