The Sudbury Foundation recently awarded Atkinson Scholarships to 15 outstanding high school seniors, honoring them and their families at a breakfast reception held at the Grange Hall in May.
The Atkinson Scholarship Program was established in 1996 to recognize local students with financial need, academic promise and the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to society.
The 2018 Atkinson Scholarship recipients include:
David Abraham, Hannah BenDavid, Antoinette Brennan, Samantha Cirillo, Victor Figueroa, Kenneth Ho, Lauren Kim, Michael Kossuth, Josephina Mitchell, Tiffany Qin, Connor Reinhold, Michael Rodrigues, Osmani Rodriguez, Jr., Rebecca Skedros, and Daniel Stutman.
Fourteen of the recipients will graduate from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in June and one, Samantha Cirillo, will graduate from Hudson High School.
These students were selected because they embody the qualities valued by former Sudbury residents Herbert and Esther Atkinson, who established the Foundation in 1952 and for whom the scholarship is named.
“The Atkinsons were a modest couple who believed in private giving for the public good,” said Executive Director Marilyn Martino. “They were particularly interested in helping young people attend college. This year’s recipients were selected because of the promise they showed us through the rigorous application and the interview process. We are delighted to welcome them into the Atkinson program and are pleased to entrust them with the Atkinsons’ legacy.”
In recognizing the students, Sudbury Foundation Trustees Jill Stansky, Susan Iuliano, Stephen Richmond, and staff member Tricia Brunner noted their many contributions, both in and out of school, including a host of community service and leadership activities and initiatives.
“It goes without saying that they are all hard-working, diligent students who value education and the opportunities they’ve been afforded,” Iuliano said. “But beyond that, they are caring citizens who are poised to make a difference in the world.”
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