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ASM Scholarship Awards
Available to sons & daughters of all ASM members and their employees
Since 2005, ASM has presented Scholarship Awards to deserving students from ASM member companies, using proceeds from ASM's annual golf tournament. Thanks to the great success of the event, in 2015 we were able to award five $2,000 scholarships to highly deserving students.
(From left to right): Rachel Varney (Harry Grodsky Company), who will return to Sacred Heart University this Fall; Nicole Fernandes (Fernandes Masonry), who will enter Williams College this Fall; John Sacco (Limbach Co.), who is heading to UMass-Lowell; and Katie Galletta (T.J. McCartney), who will start at Bowdoin College this Fall. Not pictured: Mikayla Herron (Herlihy Insurance).
(From left to right, Erik Maseng, Golf Committee Chair center) Tyler Lajoie (Marsh McLennan Agency), who starts at Merrimack College in September; Megan Laurie (Marr Scaffolding, South Boston), who will soon begin her academic journey at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Cassandra Gavin (Central Ceilings, South Easton) who will begin her studies at Cornell University this Fall; Haley DeCristoforo (Allegheny Contract Flooring, Winchester), who is currently attending the University of New Hampshire; and Shannon Harney (Frontline, Inc., Hopedale) who will be attending Colorado State University.
From left to right: Anthony Canavan, Nicole DeFeudis, ASM Golf Committee Chairman Steven Kenney, Emily DiGiusto, Erika Furtado, Nicholas Sacco
Even before Anthony starts his college endeavors at Holy Cross in September, he's already accomplished a great deal through his exploits on his high school's Debate Team, Latin Club, Finance Academy, History Club, and playing on the lacrosse and JV hockey teams while still maintaining a 3.81 GPA.
But his dedication to service shines through, as evidenced by the Naval ROTC scholarship he received. Anthony has publicly expressed his desire to become a Naval Officer, and we're confident he'll achieve that goal.
With the rapid changes affecting journalism over the past 20 years, some students may be hesitant to make this professional their calling, but not Nicole DeFeudis. She's already served as the editor-in-chief of her student-run online newspaper, and has interned at Worcester Magazine - all while serving as co-captain of the Worcester Varsity Inter-High Swim Team, playing clarinet in the in the marching band, performing volunteer work as a lifeguard for the Boys and Girls Club, and participating in community service projects with the National Honor Society.
Nicole will start at Boston University this Fall, where she'll be studying journalism and, in her words, "bringing life to stories".
Emily combines academics, extracurriculars, and an uncanny sense of knowing what she wants to do. Her academic achievements in high school were robust, and she served as captain of her varsity dance team while making time for volunteer work as a children's church assistant.
But outside of extensive participation in several Braintree High School's bands and the school's Theater Guild, her signature accomplishment is being a founding member of a 24-member, volunteer performance group called “Entertaining For A Cure”, which has performed 25-30 shows/year across the South Shore, having raised over $42,000 for the American Cancer Society. In September, Emily will be entering the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst for Vocal Performance and Business
Called "the pearl of Central Catholic High School’s 2015 class” by his physics instructor, Nicholas is a superior student who also was Vice President of the chess club; a pianist in the Jazz Band; and a participant in the Math League and the Technology Team, including his school's Central Catholic’s “Ted-X Youth” event.
He's also managed to excel at almost every academic endeavor he's pursued, as Nicholas was a member of the winning team at the BizGen High School Competition at UNH; he won a Harvard Book award; he won gold or silver medals in math, science, history, and English; he was President of the National Honor Society, and a National Merit Commended Scholar.He hopes to become an engineer, and he'll be on that path this Fall when he starts at UMass Lowell this Fall with a major in electrical engineering.
Erika combined academic excellence, a robust extra-curricular schedule, and multiple community-service achievments during her time at Mystic Valley Regionla Charter School, where one of her teachers describeed her as "one of the most impressive students I have ever encountered”.
Her commitment to education reform and social justice in her academic work and volunteer efforts broad and deep; Erika has tutored small children at a daycare facility in Malden, sung and played piano at a local church, and served as Class Treasurer. She plans on performing volunteer teaching in other countries, and ultimately teach high school math, and she'll start that process in September at Southeastern University in Florida with a goal of obtaining a degree in Mathematics.
ASM 2014 Scholarship Awards
A 2013 high honors graduate of Braintree High School, Stephen is the son of David DiGiusto of McGladrey (Boston).
In high school, Stephen took many Advanced Placement courses, was a member of the National Honor and the Spanish National Honor Societies, and was the recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Award.
Stephen's interests are a balanced blend of activities including theatre, drama and jazz band as well as participation in his high school track, volleyball, basketball and football teams.
Active as a volunteer, Stephen participates in many community activities including Braintree Relay for Life, and he takes a leading role in the unique musical performing group, Entertaining for a Cure, that was founded by his two sisters, and has helped raise $35,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Stephen will pursue Business degree at UMass Amherst. We congratulate Stephen on his achievements and wish him continued success as he begins his college experience.
Allison is a high honors graduate of Lunenburg High School and is the daughter of Gerard Rivard, a 30-year employee of N.B. Kenney Company, Inc. (Devens).
She has just finished her freshman year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she is pursuing a degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. An exceptional student, she achieved a perfect first year GPA score of 4.0., for which she earned WPI's Charles O. Thompson Scholar Award for superior accomplishment in first-year coursework. She also is on the WPI Dean's List.
Allison's commitment to excellence also extends to extracurricular activities. She served as Lunenburg High School Class Treasurer and Phi Sigma Sigma Fundraising Chairperson. Outside of the classroom Allison has been active with Habitat for Humanity, served as a Little League Softball coach and volunteered at HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital.
Elizabeth is a 2012 honors graduate of Bishop Feehan High School and is the daughter of Stephen Magill, of Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Hopkinton).
Elizabeth took the maximum number of honors classes in high school and participated in several honor societies including the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, History Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She also received several notable awards throughout her four years.
In addition to her rigorous academic schedule, Elizabeth juggled a full schedule of school activities including Cross County, Spring Track, Peer Ministry and Big Sister.
In college Elizabeth will pursue a degree in Business Marketing. We extend our best wishes as begins her college studies and prepares for her career.
A 2012 high honors graduate of Catholic Memorial School, Dominic Cauteruccio is the son of Dino Cauteruccio of Capone Iron Corporation.
A straight A student, Dominic enrolled in a significant number of Advanced Placement courses, was a member of the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society, and was the recipient of the College of the Holy Cross Book Award.
Dominic's interests are an eclectic mix of academic clubs including Latin, math and biology; recreation – he enjoys bowling; and competitive sports including football, baseball and basketball. Dominic intends to pursue baseball in college.
Active as a volunteer, Dominic participates in many community activities ranging from community walks for causes, serving as an usher at masses and school liturgies, acting as a guide for school open house events as well as tutoring both middle school and Latin club students.
Dominic will undoubtedly apply his many talents in his pursuit of an Actuarial Math degree at Bryant College this fall. We congratulate Dominic on his achievements to date and wish him continued success as he begins his college experience.
Sierra is a 2012 high honors graduate of Foxborough High School and is the daughter of Shane Wilbar, a long-time employee of Southeastern Metal.
In high school, Sierra has taken the maximum number of Advanced Placement classes and ranks in the top 5% of her class. She was a member of several honor societies including the National Honor Society, Model United Nations and Model Senate, and received several notable awards throughout her four years.
In addition to her rigorous academic schedule, Sierra is an accomplished and award winning musician and instructs youngsters as a summer Instrumental Music Camp Counselor. She also spends time as a volunteer at the Mansfield Animal Shelter and participates on the Old Colony Hospice Fundraising Committee.
As a student who is passionate about community service and leadership, she will pursue a degree in global studies at Providence College. We wish her the best as she begins her college experience.
Catherine is a high honors graduate of Waltham High School and is the daughter of Harold McQuestion of N.B. Kenney Company.
An exceptional student ranking in the top 5% of her class, Catherine has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to education, earning her recognition of her achievements including the Yale Book Award and Dartmouth Book Award for Academic Excellence. She was also the recipient of the Kingsbury Temperance Association art award and the Superintendent's Award for academic excellence.
Catherine's commitment to excellence extends to extracurricular activities. She served as vice president of the National Honor Society, was an active member of the French Club and served as a freshman mentor. Outside of the classroom Catherine is active in the community. She is a voluntary CCD teacher at her local parish and works as a teacher's aide in a math and literacy program.
Catherine will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall to pursue her future career goals and make a positive contribution to the world. With such passion and dedication toward her studies, she is sure to succeed, and we wish her the best.
ASM 2011Scholarship Awards
A 2011 honors graduate of Mansfield High School, Nicole Fontes is the daughter of Jose Fontes, a long-time employee of ENE Systems in Canton. She is also the sister of 2009 ASM Scholarship winner, Melanie Fontes.
Equally active outside of the classroom, she was Co-Editor-In-Chief of the School Newspaper, co-founder of the Book Club, and Member of the Math Team and Debate Club, as well as clarinetist in the school band.
Nathan is a 2011 high honors graduate of Norwell High School and is the son of Mark Kingston of Eastern Insurance, a long-time active member of ASM.
A straight-A, student throughout high school, Nathan was a member of several national honor societies, and recipient of several coveted school awards. He was four-year member of the Math Team and Mock Trial team, and a founding member of the Chess Club.
Outside of school, he shared his love of learning by serving as a tutor in science, math and Spanish, as well as a teacher of an afterschool Spanish program for elementary school children. He was also a founding member of the Long Island Homeless Shelter weekly volunteer group.
Nolan Schmidlein is a 2011 high honors graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, and is the son of James Schmidlein of Architectural Paving & Stone in Weymouth.
In the top 5% of his class, Nolan took the maximum number of Advanced Placement courses in high school, was a member of the National Honor and National Latin Honor Society and was the recipient of the Dartmouth Book Club and Outstanding Writer Awards.
In addition to a demanding academic schedule, he maintained a full schedule of extracurricular activities, including school track and cross country, junior classical league, little league coaching, tutoring middle school students, and participating in fundraising walks for breast cancer and hunger.
ASM 2010 Scholarship Awards
A 2010 honors graduate of Braintree High School, Julie DiGiusto is the daughter of David DiGiusto, a long-time employee of McGladrey & Pullen in Burlington. She is also the sister of our 2008 Scholarship winner, Lisa DiGiusto.
In high school, Julie took the most demanding academic program available to her, and graduated near the top of her class. Equally active outside of school, she was involved in an impressive variety of extra-curricular activities that demonstrate not only her natural entrepreneurial and leadership skills but also her passion for service to others.
In college, Julie will pursue a major in business, building upon the skills she developed in running EFAC, and a second major in theatre. She hopes to combine her business and theatrical skills in a satisfying career where she can continue helping others. Always pushing herself to the limits, Julie earned a place in the Commonwealth Honors Program at UMass Amherst.
We wish her the best as she begins college this fall in and sets out to achieve her goals.
ASM 2009 Scholarship Awards
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