Four Twin Cities students receive Greater Worcester Community Foundation scholarships
Four students from the Twin Cities area are included in a list of more than 400 students receiving 2022 scholarships from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
The scholarships are awarded to high school students entering college. Isa Jackymora, a graduate of Fitchburg High School, received the Wallace D. and Dorothy M. Andrews scholarship, Roman Roy, a graduate of the Sizer School, received the Leonard F. Leamy scholarship and Lucas Gallo and Nora Swaine, graduates of Leominster High School, also received scholarships.
According to a press release, it took 80 volunteers to sift through more than 700 scholarship applications, but by the end of the 2022 school year, 401 students learned they had been approved for a scholarship. The Worcester-based GWCF has awarded a total of 439 awards this year through its scholarship program, a small part of the $14.04 million total awarded to more than 9,000 students since its inception in 1978.
The press release said the GWCF Scholarship Scheme was intended to repay him. Most scholarship recipients never meet the donors who initiate the funds, but their college aspirations are met by those who believe in the future of Worcester County.
For example, the William J. Short Fellowship for Future Business and Civic Leaders, named after a man who led the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, helped Jacob Vázquez, the first college graduate in his family, to attend Assumption University. Her experience has brought her full circle, as Vázquez is now the foundation’s scholarship philanthropy manager.
“The scholarship program isn’t just about giving money for a college degree, it’s about investing in the future of our city,” Vázquez said. “The hope is that many of these students will stay in central Massachusetts and improve the lives of their families, their communities, their hometowns and the entire region.”
The Worcester County recipients were selected through a highly competitive process based on merit, financial need and special criteria established by the individual funds, as noted in the press release. The new winners come from across Greater Worcester County, with 68% attending college in Massachusetts.
Jackymora attends Northeastern University in Boston majoring in bioengineering and biochemistry and loves music and has a passion for the saxophone. Roy played basketball and competed in cross country in high school and is now at Boston College majoring in math.
Talia Smith, a Charles Hugo Award winner for community service and a graduate of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, said in the press release that she understands the importance of giving back.
“I can see how what one person does greatly affects those around them, and I will do whatever I can to make my contributions generous and positive,” said Smith, who is majoring in biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lucas Gallo, a basketball, football and soccer enthusiast, is studying sports management at Temple University. Nora Swaine, her high school newspaper editor and Leominster High School class of 2022 president, is studying public relations at Suffolk University.
University-bound high school seniors can be considered for several scholarship opportunities through the foundation’s unique online application, with the next application round opening in January 2023.