Marlborough chamber awards scholarships to local students

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(front, l to r) Student recipients of the 2018 Cathy Gregory Mogavero Business Professionals of America Award, Marissa Caissie, Ghislaine Morris, and Samantha Medeiros; (back) BPA Advisors and members of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (not pictured, recipient Haylee Braga) Photo/Bonnie Adams
(front, l to r) Student recipients of the 2018 Cathy Gregory Mogavero Business Professionals of America Award, Marissa Caissie, Ghislaine Morris, and Samantha Medeiros; (back) BPA Advisors and members of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (not pictured, recipient Haylee Braga) Photo/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough – The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce recently announced four local students are the recipients of the 2018 Cathy Gregory Mogavero Business Professionals of America Award. The award is annually presented to student members of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club from each of the programs at Marlborough High School (MHS) and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS). The award is sponsored by the chamber’s scholarship fund through the auspices of the Marlborough Regional Community Foundation.

The four students were part of the teams representing their schools at the recent BPA National Conference held in Dallas, Texas earlier this month.

Ghislaine Morris, a junior at AVRTHS, received $500. Her plans for the future include a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a master’s degree in veterinary science.

Samantha Medeiros, also a junior at AVRTHS, was a recipient of a $250 award. She plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Haylee Braga, a senior at MHS, received $500. She plans on majoring in business finance next year at either The Isenberg School of Business at UMASS Amherst or NYU, Shanghai.

Marissa Caissie, also a senior at MHS, received $250. She will be attending Assumption College in the fall as an accounting major.

The idea for the award was first presented to the Foundation Board by President Darren McLaughlin back in the fall of 2013.

“For years I have seen the efforts of the students and the advisors of the BPA programs in our local schools who work tirelessly to raise the funds necessary to send deserving students to the national competition. Students earn an invitation to compete at the national level based on their performance at the regional and state levels,” McLaughlin noted.”

Susanne Morreale Leeber, President and CEO of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce said, “This is a perfect opportunity for our chamber of commerce to recognize the business acumen of these fine, young students. The slogan of Business Professionals of America is ‘Today’s students. Tomorrow’s business professionals.’”

Cathy Mogavero retired from her position at the Chamber in December of 2013 after 15 years of dedicated service, just as the applications for the first award were being sent to the schools. The board members of the Marlborough Regional Community Foundation unanimously agreed that the award would be named in her honor.