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.
2017-2018 Scholarship Awards
During the 2017-2018 Program Year it was voted that the Scholarship program would consist of four – $1,250 scholarships with a total scholarship amount of $5,000. Eight applications had been received for the four $1,250 Scholarship Awards. The applications 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 the group of applicants was very strong and that the decision was difficult. They recommended that the Executive Committee consider five individuals for the Scholarship program. As a result the Executive Committee determined to award five $1,000 scholarships to the following individuals:
i) Hannah Walsh, granddaughter of John Recinito
Hannah Walsh is from Melrose, MA. She is currently a freshman at Trinity College and a member of the rowing team. Hannah plans to major in Neuroscience on a track towards pre-med.
ii) Hannah Mudge, daughter of Steve Mudge
Hannah Mudge is in her senior year at Georgia Southern University where she is studying Child and Family Development as well as Psychology. She is very involved in her major and holds the positions of Child Life Organization President, Service-Learning Facilitator for Introduction to Child Life, and research student for after-school and youth development. Outside of the classroom, she is a member of Georgia Southern’s Division I Swimming & Diving program. “Athletics is the reason I ended up at school down south when originally, I am from Marshfield, MA.”, said Hannah. “After completing my undergrad degree at Southern, I plan to come back to Massachusetts to continue my education.”
iii) Catherine Schultz, daughter of Jeff Schultz
Catherine Schultz is a rising sophomore at Seattle University. She is currently a Communications and Media major with a Nonprofit and Public Administration minor. Catherine loves being involved in campus leadership and is a part of a Health and Wellness Crew. Helping students with wellness and getting adjusted to college life is one of her passions as she also is working as a tour guide for incoming students. She is very excited to continue her education at Seattle University and is very thankful to the New England Railroad Club for the opportunities they have provided.
iv) Kaitlyn Brouillette, daughter of Peter Brouilelle
Kaitlyn Brouillette is a freshman attending Bridgewater State University. She is majoring in Biology, and in the future aspires to be a Physician Assistant for a Dermatologist. “I’m so thankful for this scholarship as it allows me to further my education at BSU and move towards becoming a PA.”
v) Joshua Felice, son of Jason Felice
Joshua is a Junior at Loyola University Maryland. He is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He hopes to pursue a career in the capital management and acquisition, primarily real estate. His father is a catenary lineman with Metro North. “I want to thank the New England Railroad Club for selecting me as one of their scholarship recipients. This fall, I am currently studying in Rome, Italy through Loyola’s study abroad program at John Cabot University. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to apply this scholarship to my studies.”
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!