Marlborough Library Trustees Announce 2021 Scholarship Winners


Library trustee Nena Bloomquist stands with scholarship winner Ezra Rivera, trustee chair Thomas Abel, and library director Margaret Cardello.

MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough Public Library Board of Trustees awarded its 2021 scholarships to local students Ezra Rivera, Jordan Savitzky and Jacob Byron at the board’s May meeting last month.

Each year, graduating seniors who are furthering their education with post-high school learning are invited to apply for the scholarship by submitting an essay on a book that impacted their lives in the previous year. This year, applicants were challenged to discuss how a book they read in 2020 related to their experience during the tumultuous year. 

Tom Abel, Chair of the Board of Trustees, noted that board members were impressed by both the quality of work submitted by all applicants and by the students’ ability to tie a piece of literature back to their personal challenges during the pandemic.   

Rivera will be attending Tufts University in the fall. He based his essay on his reading of V for Vendetta by Allan Moore. 

Savitzky, who plans to attend Quinsigamond Community College, chose to write about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 

Byron, who will attend UMass Dartmouth, selected Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World by Natsume Akatsuk as the basis for his essay. 

“All three winners wrote excellent, thought-provoking essays,” Abel stated. “The Trustees are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to these talented Marlborough students.”