Boys & Girls Club awards scholarships

NASHUA – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua awarded scholarships totaling more than $43,000 to 28 members and alumni to help them realize their dreams of earning a college degree at the 16th annual Scholarship Dinner recently.

The awards are made possible by private donors who support the scholarship program annually, who have established a fund with the club or who have endowed scholarship funds within the club’s endowment.

Through the club’s Academic Success initiative, the aim is for members to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. The club’s Higher Education Mentoring Program ("Diplomas 2 Degrees") encourages teens to consider and prepare for college, trade or technical school.

Activities include college fair visits, assistance with selecting appropriate high school courses, financial aid workshops, money management seminars and the college preparation program, which includes an overnight college experience during spring break. More than 100 teen club members participate in this program annually.

The club’s scholarship program is the capstone of its successful Academic Success programs, an opportunity to celebrate its members and their efforts to succeed in the face of challenges. Additionally, the scholarship program helps make higher education more accessible, lessening the burden of loans on alumni.

Chief Executive Officer Norman Bouthilette presented this year’s scholarships with the assistance of those donors in attendance. Club member Alison McKenzie shared her experiences with the college prep program after a presentation about the education goals and highlights of the club by education director Ricky DiCillo.

Receiving scholarships were:

Lauren Bistany, University of New England; Caitlyn Boucher, Salem State University; Jhanise Cardona, Nashua Community College; Shavon Clinkscales, Nashua Community College; Magdala Content, Nashua Community College; Jessica Cora, Greater Lowell Technical School; Nathaly Davis, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Jamie Duclos, Nashua Community College; Brenda Flores, Rivier University; Carlos Forty, Nashua Community College; Maureen Gichura, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Sylvia Gitonga, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Samantha Goy, Manchester Community College; Mary Kiangonyo, University of New Hampshire; Christine Miller, College for America; Christian Moreno, Nashua Community College; Amber Rak, Bay Path College; Shantelle Richards, Roger Williams University; Karina Rodriguez, Nashua Community College; and Meaghan Turcotte, Clemson University.

Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards:

Karina Rodriguez, 2016 Youth of the Year; Jhanise Cardona, finalist; and Flossie Kimungu, finalist.

Youth of the Month Scholarship Awards:

Adryana Davila, Millina Dorneus, Joseph Githara, Anthony Godfroy, Brayan Gomez, Alison McKenzie, Christian Moreno and Daevon Walker-Jones.

Scholarships were donated through these funds: The 520 Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Friend of the Club Scholarship, the Goulder Scholarship Fund, the Gupta Family Foundation Scholarship, the Klisz Scholarship, the LeDoux Family Scholarship Fund, the Live Like Pat Scholarship Fund, the McCartney-Walsh Family Scholarship Fund, the Moheban Family Scholarship Fund, the Murphy Family Scholarship Fund, the Reyes Family Scholarship, the Roedel Family Scholarship Fund and the Thomas Woodward Scholarship.

For more information about supporting the club’s scholarship opportunities or to apply for scholarship support, contact Sally Stanton, chief development officer, at 883-0523, ext. 211 or sstanton@bgcn.com.