MRCC awards scholarships to business students

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(l to r) Rob Schlacter, president/CEO Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce; April Kelly, co-advisor, AVRTHS; Mary Miller, co-advisor, AVRTHS; student winners Samantha Medeiros and Lauren True, AVRTHS; student winners Dorothy Davis and Raj Khanderia; MHS; Jayne Haley, advisor, MHS; and Darren McLaughlin, president, Marlborough Regional Community Foundation
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Marlborough – The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) recently awarded the 2019 Cathy Gregory Mogavero Business Professionals of America Award to several local students who are members of the Business Professionals of America Club 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 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 witnessed 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,” he said. “I felt that an award from the Chamber of Commerce, an association of local businesses, made sense being that the slogan of Business Professionals of America is ‘Today’s students. Tomorrow’s business professionals’.”

Two financial awards were presented to BPA students from each school who then went on to represent their respective school at the BPA National Conference earlier this month. Dorothy Davis, a junior at MHS and the president of the school’s BPA organization, is the winner of this year’s $500 award.  Raj Khanderia, a senior and a first time participant in the BPA program, won the $250 award. Lauren True, a senior and the vice president of the BPA program at AVRTHS, was presented with the $500 award while Samantha Medeiros, also a senior, won the $250 award.

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.