Each year the New England Railroad Club is pleased to present college scholarships to deserving children and grandchildren of club members in good standing. Our scholarship program is the one of the primary ways we look to “give back” to our club members. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and community achievement as evaluated by the Selection Committee made up of academic professionals from the University of Massachusetts. Each year we have been fortunate to have an excellent range of applicants and the Selection Committee has consistently noted the challenge in picking the awardees.
2015-2016 Scholarship Awards
Ten applications had been received for the five $1,500 Scholarship Awards. After some discussion it was voted that the 2015-2016 Scholarship program would consist of five – $1,500 scholarships with a total scholarship amount of $7,500. They were reviewed and evaluated by Dr. Daniel M. Dulaski of Northeastern University and Dr. Michael Knodler of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Both commented that this year had the strongest group of applicants that they had reviewed to date. Based on their recommendations the Executive Committee has chosen to give five $1,500 scholarship awards to the following individuals:
i) Abigail Coulombe, daughter of Scott Coulombe
ii) Lauren Chapman, daughter of Brian Chapman
iii) Megan Howland, daughter of James Howland
iv) Joshua Felice, son of Jason Felice
v) Madeline Lewis, daughter of Tom Lewis
And a word about the other applicants – all are excellent students and the Club wishes we had more resources to give even more scholarships – we are confident these students will continue to achieve great things in their educational pursuits, and they are encouraged to re-apply next year. Congratulations to all!