Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation awards 31 scholarships

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By Cindy Zomar, Education Coordinator

Sofia Turieo and Molly Coye stand with the Marlborough High School panther. Both students received scholarships from Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation.
Sofia Turieo and Molly Coye stand with the Marlborough High School panther. Both students received scholarships from Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation.

MARLBOROUGH – Amid the uncertainty and turmoil of the past year, high school seniors still managed to do their best, with many getting set to attend college. Many of those students, in turn, still needed financial assistance to help turn post-secondary education dreams into reality. 

To that end, the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation (CSF of Marlborough, Inc.) awarded thirty-one scholarships to nineteen local high school graduates. 

The recipients included Amy Shanahan, Gabriel Ingelido, Nathan Crisafulli, Angelina Turieo and Elizabeth Grasso. Jacob Byron, Thomas Crisafulli, Sophia Warren, Amelia Carlman and Ryan Fettig also received scholarships. Additional students included Asha Seemungal, Paul Alcantar Suarez, Ehan Dahlstrom, Allison Silva, Makenna Noble and Taylor Pantridge.  

With the costs of college rising exponentially, CSF recently launched a new fundraising challenge to increase their award sizes, encouraging local businesses to pledge $1,200 per year for ten years. The first three businesses to sign on for the challenge were the Apex Entertainment Center, Evviva Trattoria and the 110 Grill. Molly Coye, Madeline Young, and Sofia Turieo, respectively, were the recipients of those three awards.

Madeline Young recently received a scholarship from the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation.
Madeline Young recently received a scholarship from the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation.

Coye will be attending the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Business Administration. At MHS, she played field hockey and was the varsity captain for softball. With her busy sports schedule, she was able to also juggle a job at Dunkin’ Donuts in Hudson for over two years. 

Young will matriculate to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she plans to major in Chemistry. A three-sport athlete (soccer and both indoor track and outdoor track and field), she was also a member of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the National Business Honor Society. Further, she mentored incoming freshmen starting in her sophomore year. 

Acknowledging the rising costs of college, she urged all students to apply for as many scholarships as they can. 

“Putting yourself out there, challenging yourself to be involved while keeping up the academics is really helpful,” she said. “I based my essays on my extracurricular activities and I think it really helped.” 

Turieo is headed to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut to major in Finance with a Sports Management minor. She plans to join the cheer squad. 

At MHS, Turieo was a cheerleader, played lacrosse, and was a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Business Honor Society. During the spring term, she worked as an intern in Shannon Stemple’s fourth-grade classroom at Goodnow School for 10 hours a week, where she would help students with their various assignments.  

 “I would like to thank the Citizens Scholarship Foundation for their support,” Turiero said. “I was honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of their scholarships this year.”

CSF has been assisting students with college expenses since 1989 and has awarded over 1,200 scholarships amounting to over $900,000. Donations can be mailed to CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 296, Marlborough, MA 01752. Deductions are tax-deductible, as the foundation is non-profit with tax-exempt status. 

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