Haverhill High School’s Davies and Marczak Receive Scholarships in Virtual Ceremony Tonight

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Haverhill High School students John Davies and Derek Marczak are this year’s recipients of scholarships from the Haverhill Commission on Disabilities.

The students will be honored tonight at 7, during an online ceremony sponsored by the Haverhill Commission on Disabilities, Asperger Works. For the past several years, the Commission has awarded scholarships to students who are living with a disability and going on to college or vocational school.

Davies plans to attend Northern Essex Community College. His goal is to develop a computer program to help children on the autism spectrum make friends around the world. Marczak also plans to attend Northern Essex Community College and study Early Childhood Education. He said studying Child Psychology in high school helped shape his career goal.

In an interview earlier this year on WHAV, Commission Chairwoman Frances E. Hogan discussed the unique purpose of the scholarship.

“And, this is for any student who has a developmental, intellectual or medical disability. We have found in the past that sometimes students don’t think they are going to be able to get one because they are not the triple-A student. There are a lot of scholarships that are given out just for the grade point average, and our scholarship is not given out that way. We look at the overall background of the student, and what their goals are, and we want to be able to assist those students,” she explained.

Students receive a scholarship of $2,000 each.

The ceremony takes place via Zoom. A link will be posted on Aspergerworks’ Facebook page.

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