Merrimack Valley Credit Union Presents $15,000 in College Scholarships to Area High School Grads

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Merrimack Valley Credit Union recently awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to 15 high school students from its field of membership both north and south of Boston.

Students were honored during a virtual ceremony June 8, where they celebrated with family and members of Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s senior management team. Over the past four years, Merrimack Valley Credit Union has awarded 36 students with nearly $45,000 in scholarships to pursue higher education.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union President and CEO John Howard, said “The scholarship recipients were selected because of their commitment to education and to their community both in and out of school. While many had to modify how they demonstrated that commitment in the past few months—through remote learning and finding other ways to help in the community—we are confident that the flexibility and resiliency they have shown these past few months will prove useful not only in college, but also in their careers.”

The organization received 178 applications from students at 66 different high schools located across the two regions. Students were scored on their academic performance, school and community involvement, work experience, letters of recommendation and their essays about what they would do if they ran Merrimack Valley Credit Union.

Each of the 2020 recipients will receive $1,000 scholarship to pursue higher education. Among them are Kaila Nelson of Haverhill, who graduated from Haverhill High School and will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to study economics; Julia Tardugno of Methuen, who graduated from Methuen High School and will attend Assumption College to study secondary education; and Amy Guggenberger of North Andover, who graduated from North Andover High School and will attend Boston College to study applied psychology and human development.

Others receiving scholarships are:

Grace Baker, Hampton, N.H., graduated from Winnacunnet High School and will attend Fairfield University to study nursing.

Shane Grant, Walpole, graduated from Walpole High School and will attend Northeastern University to study environmental economics.

Sydney Gregory, Andover, graduated from Andover High School and will attend Johns Hopkins University to study chemistry.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union member Anooshey Ikhlas, Bridgewater, graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham High school and will attend Tufts University to study biopsychology.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union member Samuel Kierstead, Plymouth, graduated from Plymouth South High School and will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study mechanical engineering.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union member Alexander McDougall, Newburyport, graduated from Newburyport High School and will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study electrical engineering.

Jack Mumley, Boxford, graduated from Masconomet Regional High School and will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study computer science.

Angela Patric, Newburyport, graduated from Newburyport High School and will attend Clark University to study Psychology.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union member Kacya Polanco, Lawrence, graduated from Lawrence High School and will attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to study fashion design.

Patrick Rak, Quincy, graduated from Quincy High School and will attend Harvard University to study economics and mathematics.

Jaden Ryan, Norwood, graduated from Norwood High School and will attend Elon University to study economics.

Dorothee Surprenant, Fairhaven, graduated from Fairhaven High School and will attend the College of Charleston for international studies.

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