FRAMINGHAM – At a special May 18 online meeting, in the midst of the universal pandemic, the Framingham Rotary Club awarded 10 $3,500 scholarships to local high school seniors to help defray the cost of their first year of higher education.
Rotarian Teri Banerjee, President of the Framingham Rotary Education Foundation, told the students that the club was very happy to give them something to celebrate, in partial compensation for missing out on treasured graduation traditions—proms, cap and gown marches, and more— that provide warm lifetime memories, now denied them by the pandemic.
The scholarships went to Jade Mary Bolger (Hopkinton High School), Alejandra L. Diaz (Keefe Tech), Jenna Ann Lerminiaux (Keefe Tech), Unique Angel Linnell (Keefe Tech), Kayla Marie Madden (Ashland High School), Ashley Mercedes McDermott (Hopkinton High School), Jefferson Bladimir Pineda, Keefe Tech), Alondra Nicole Rodriguez (Keefe Tech), Lorna Kamil Ishak Saied (Ashland High School), and Ashley Sok (Keefe Tech).
Many parents and school counselors “attended” the virtual assembly,
along with State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, State Sen. Marie Robinson, Susan Nichol (representing State Sen. President Karen Spilka), State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, Framingham Schools Superintendent Bob Tremblay (a Framingham Rotarian), and Framingham State University President Javier Cevallos (who is also President of the Framingham Rotary Club.)