VSAC awards $700,000 in scholarships across state

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VSAC awards $700,000 in scholarships across state

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 5:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Student Assistance Corp has announced it will award over $700,000 in scholarships to college-bound seniors who graduated from high school last month. Funded by VSAC’s federal GEAR UP grant, each of these 350-plus high school graduates who enroll at a postsecondary institution in the fall will receive the $2,000 scholarship. GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal grant program of the US Department of Education designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

VSAC has been awarded the GEAR UP grant since 1999 and its counselors worked with more than 3,100 middle and high school students one-on-one and in small groups in 52 schools across the state this past year. GEAR UP funding also allows VSAC to provide support to parents in the form of high school and college planning information, assistance with college and financial aid applications and career planning information for their children.

“Congratulations to these high school graduates; they are taking the most important step in their future – continuing their education,” said Scott Giles, VSAC president and CEO. “VSAC knows the cost of continuing their education for these students is a big investment. VSAC’s partnership with high schools and students helps unlock career paths and financial aid to make those investments pay off.”

The following local students will receive the $2,000 scholarship (Alpha by High School Name):

—Black River Union High School: Alyssa Dejesus; Caleb Wills; Earle Brown; Morgan Collins; Meghan Garrow; Taylor Gilmore; Donald Grenier; Sadie Koponen; Alyssa Letourneau; Katie Lincoln; Alden Livingston; Sullivan Miele; Henna Patel; Sabrina Robinson; Paige Wade

—Blue Mountain Union High School: Kara Choate; Allison Dennis; George Houghton; Lauren Lamberton; Alexa Murray; Christle Page; Matthew Page; Shelby Peters; Mark Puffer; Paxton Ricker; Gabriel Shute; Joshua Slayton; Morgan Sulham; Natalie White; Brittany Wrigley; Emily-Mae Zierke

—Burlington High School: Kelly Huang; Fartun Mohamed; Anisha Neupane

—Cabot High School: Tyler Abbott; Zachary Coolbeth; Seth Herrick-Trombley; Ian Lewis; Caleb Maxfield; Alexis McGary; Galandriel Morse; William Nally; Clementine O’Connor; Jasmine Tetreault; Megan Walker

—Canaan Memorial High School: Courtney Blanchard; Seth Blanchard; Adrianna Maurais

—Champlain Valley Union High School: Jeremy Fuller; Chazmin Maclay; Hannah Martin

—Colchester High School: Cynthia Alers-Rodriguez; Devan Cameron-Vaupel; Ethan Cameron-Vaupel; Kaylee Gallagher; Katina Messier; Cole St. Armour

—Craftsbury Academy: Matthew Allen; Jared Benson; Adriana Eldred; Duncan Martin-Baker; Kestrel Owens

—Danville School: Tanner Bailey; Rian Boudreau; Michael Colburn; Jacob Davis; Daryn Gadapee; Avery Gendron; Jovine Marcotte; Baylee Olden; Alicia Santo; Nicole Young

—Essex High School: Beny Kiesse; Sabrina Maceri; Emily Wootton

—Fair Haven Union High School: Makayla Ackert; Ryan Alexander; McKenzie Apjohn; Kelsi Bean; Briley Blackbird; Jordyn Bolster; Rachel Casey; Kaitlyn Clark; Cara Cummings; Meriah Disorda; Megin Eaton; Sophia Hadeka; David Kitchin; Emmaline Lipka; Mollie Mortenson; Kaitlyn Pellerin; Kayla Reed; Jacqueline Szabo

—Green Mountain Union High School: Sarah Baker; Emily Castillo; Matthew Chambers; Wilson Church; Kyle Cyr; Noah DiStefano; Alisha Dykes; Rylee Ewald; Thomas Foster; Robert Haseltine; Isis Hastings-Vincent; Anna Huckins; Jared Jackson; Reilly Knipes; Sarah Martel; Cooper McCoy; Heather Morse; Kaili Osier; Connor Rose; Sarah Schleimer; Hannah Sheere; Megan Spinrad; Alexandria Steele; Madison Thomas; Mary Thompson; Lucas Trask; Shane Verespy; Kaitlin Wells

—Harwood Union High School: Madison D’amico; Brandon Hamilton; Cole Lavoie; Caitlyn Marino; Megan Sargent; Ashley Tang

—Lake Region Union High School: Nathan Charland; Caleb Derbyshire; Melanie Gagnon; Shania Hayes; Sage Huff; Jared Lehouillier; Kaitlyn Lemieux; Bianca MacKay; Cassi Martin; Katie Menard; Brennan Perkins; Jade Piette; Kristen Rowell; Kiana Royer; Allison Warner

—Lyndon Institute: Sanford Compton II; Cameron Lamadeleine; Dominick Mitchelle; Kyle Morrison

—Middlebury Union High School: Madelyn Gardner; Adrianna Guyette; Udai Sharma

—Mill River Union High School: Amber Hoisington; Kelvey McGinnis

—Missisquoi Valley Union High School: Madison Keefer; Cheyenne McDade; Monica Sherman; Blaine Tardy

—Montpelier High School: Caitlin Acosta; Nicholas Boraker; Cassandra Engelhard; Kaila Miller; Emily Montague; Breanna Morway; Kaitlyn Perry

—North Country Union High School: Savannah Alberghini-Giroux; Alexis Alderman; Rebecca Allen; Amber Archer; Alyssa Ashman; Brooke Austin; Justin Berthiaume; Erica Bogar; Desiree Bowen; Katelynn Briere; Graeden Britch; Delaney Bryant; Isaiah Carbonneau; Zachary Charboneau; Leah Coleman; Michaela Columbia; Cassandra Crawford; Sara Cubit; Derrick Daigle; Gabrielle Daniels; Bethany Davis; Corey Davis; Devon Davis; Henry Delabruere; Jonathan Deroehn; Emily Dobler; Kortni Driver; Matthew Dumont; Cameron Flynn; Jillian Fortunati; Patrick Gaboriault; Mariah Gentley; Andrew Gonyaw; Dylan Gray; Jacey Gray; Samantha Greenwood; Alysha Grenier; Desiree Grenier; Nathan Grimm; Allison Kelley; Caroline Kirchner; Parker Lacourse; Tyler Lapierre; Thomas Lemieux; Nathan Martin; Janey Masi; Jarid Mathieu; Mattie Matthews-Austin; Riley Mead; Colin Myrick; Owen Nadeau; Toma O’Keefe; Celina Patten; Matthew Paul; Cassie Piper; Ellie Searles; Brandi Swett; Devin Tetreault; Erica Tweed; Chelsea Urie

—Oxbow High School: Megan Batchelder; Krista Baxter; Catlyn Beck; Cassidy Bolles; Felicia Brocar; Skylar Emerson; Morgan Gray; Joshua Lapierre; Kafre O’Connell; Brendan Smith

—Richford Junior-Senior High School: Alexandria Benoit; Andrew Brink; Derek Charron; Marijella Collins; Jacob Cunningham; Melanie Godin; Jeremiah Kane; Noah Lamos; Alexis Mayhew; Cody McAllister; Morgan McAllister; Caleb McWilliams; Allison O’Brien; Korey Paquette; Harley Royea; Sarah Sickles; Nicholas Wetherby

—Rivendell Academy: Heather Dexter; Hania Garrow; Carly Ghio; Erin Lapine; Shay Lapine; Nikkita Scott-Roberts; Kimberly Sobeck

—Saint Johnsbury Academy: Eleanor Baldauf; Vermonica Baldauf; Henry Cunningham; Grace Desrochers; Molly Forester; Devin Goodine; Carlyle Jenson; James Lehoe; Amer Macedonci; Ryan McGee; Courtney Morehouse; Brennah Noyes; Megan Persons; Maria Rust; Ringin Sherpa

—South Burlington High School: Dina Alsaffar; Lajla Badnjevic; Austin King; Pranita Sharma Dahal; Sarah Whalen

—Springfield High School: Larry Ayer III; Alexis Bellows; Conner Benson; Parker Day; Leah Godin; Brooke Goodwin; Kelsey Gould; Samuel Grasley; Bryn Hemmings; Olivia Hoag; Geremiah Howarth; Josh Hoy; Rena Lirakis; Elizabeth MacKenzie; Samantha Metcalf; Lillianna Moore; Hannah Morancy; Calista Polidor; Zeb Reardon; Alexa Reichardt; Taitum Rivers; Arianna Rowe; Sage Scheffler; Faith Scott; Xin Shi; Jacob Silovich; Laurana Slobodnjak; Joshua Stebbins; Charissa Swan; Elliot Thompson; Benjamin Tubbs; Zachary Tubbs; Jade Twombly

—Thetford Academy: Jesse Brown; Taylor Gravlin; Paige Hudson

—U-32 Junior/Senior High School: Tasha Pearce; Marie Russ; Samara Schneider; Jacob Toro; Steven Watson

—Winooski High School: Lubna Abdulkhaleiq; Oo Mai Be; Brandon Bigelow; Sean Callahan; Dendmund Do; Hau Duong; Olivier Enwa; Jonathon Fay; Kinzang Gurung; Taylor Langlais; Hannah Little; Susmita Mangar; Austin Mitchell; HOm Pradhan; Ganesh Rai; Gabrielle Sunders; Ball Wit; Ro Ze Yar

—Woodstock Union High School: Marah Adams; Alyssa Baker; Ian DuPont; Elise Geschardt;  Kaylie Millard; Gabrielle Rozumek; Jackson Wood

About VSAC – Changing Lives through Education and Training since 1965

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit agency established by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school. VSAC serves students and their families in grades 7-12, as well as adults returning to school, by providing education and career planning services, need-based grants, scholarships and education loans. VSAC has awarded more than $600 million in grants and scholarships for Vermont students, and also administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan. Find us at www.vsac.org or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives

About GEAR UP

GEAR UP is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to middle and high schools. Students and schools must meet federal requirements to be served by GEAR UP. At caseload schools, students are nominated by school personnel based on their potential to succeed in postsecondary education, and income eligibility. At cohort schools, whole grades of students are served by a GEAR UP counselor through a variety of activities. Cohort schools are schools where 50 percent or more of the school population is eligible for free/reduced meals.

WINOOSKI (July 6, 2016) – Vermont Student Assistance Corp