Foundation Awards $110,000 in Scholarships to Current and Future Students

The auditorium at Quinebaug Valley Community College was full of smiling faces Wednesday night as 90 local students, including 27 from area high schools, were awarded a total of $110,000 in scholarship money by the QVCC Foundation.

Four newly funded scholarships were presented for the first time: Louise Brown Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Ellis A. & Shirley L. Hagstrom Memorial Scholarship, John J. Sarnowski Memorial Scholarship, and the Sommer Family Scholarship.

“Scholarship Night not only reflects the stellar achievements of QVCC students but also the amazing generosity of many donors who are helping to transform lives in Northeastern Connecticut,” said QVCC President Carlee Drummer.

Many donors were in attendance to present their scholarships, including 1978 graduate Dr. Lynn Pasquerella and her husband, John Kuchle, professor emeritus of biology, who traveled from Washington, DC, where she serves as president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

“I can’t imagine a better example to represent the best aspects of a community college education than the QVCC Foundation’s 28th annual Scholarship Night,” said Monique Wolanin, director of institutional advancement. “To be able to observe bright, hardworking students receive their scholarships from individuals and business who believe in the importance of education is very inspirational.”

In addition to the current QVCC students, a record number of high school students were scholarship recipients. Leading the way was Ellis Tech, with 11 recipients, followed by 6 from Killingly High School and 5 from Woodstock Academy. All will be enrolling at QVCC in the fall.

“I am very proud of our local students and so appreciative of the opportunity to work at QVCC ,” added Wolanin, “where we experience daily the support our community has for our college.”

Photos L to R
Top row: John J. Sarnowski Scholarship; Woodstock Academy scholarship recipients
Bottom row: Lynn Pasquerella ’78 & John Kuchle Scholarship; Townsend scholarship recipients

Released May 3, 2018