Southington Education Foundation, Inc.

SOUTHINGTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC.

Instilling a love of learning.

2017 Scholarship Recipients
Katarina Belales (L) and Stephen Vollaro (R) have been named recipients of Southington Education Foundation’s 2017 scholarships; each scholarship awards $1,000 to the recipient. Read more.

Scholarships

The Southington Education Foundation is proud to offer the following scholarships to graduating Southington students. Students receive information on how to apply for these scholarships during their senior year. These scholarships have been available to students since 2015. 

SEF Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr. Scholarship

PROVIDER: Southington Education Foundation

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduating Southington High School senior in good standing who is furthering his or her education. The student must be civic-minded and demonstrate the desire to help school, community and/or country.

ESSAY: Provide an essay describing your involvement in school, community, and/or country and how your activities may shape your future civic involvement.

HOW SELECTED: Southington Education Foundation Scholarship Committee

VALUE: $1,000

AWARDED/TRANSMITTED: Upon proof of successful completion of first semester


Southington Education Foundation STEM Scholarship

PROVIDER: Southington Education Foundation

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduating Southington High School senior in good standing with a desire to major or minor in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

ESSAY: Provide an essay explaining your intended college major or minor and how it relates to your career path in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM).

HOW SELECTED: Southington Education Foundation Scholarship Committee

VALUE: $1,000

AWARDED/TRANSMITTED: Upon proof of successful completion of first semester


2017 Scholarship Recipients

2017 Scholarship RecipientsKatarina Belales and Stephen Vollaro have been named recipients of Southington Education Foundation’s 2017 scholarships; each scholarship awards $1,000 to the recipient.

Katarina was selected as the recipient of SEF’s Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr. Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown his or herself to be civic-minded and who has demonstrated the desire to help school, community, and/or country. Katarina has chosen to attend Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, where she will major in journalism with a minor in musical theatre. While at Southington High School, Katarina was involved in such co-curricular activities as National Honor Society, Key Club, and the Chronicle Yearbook. Through countless volunteer hours to school organizations and the community at large, Katarina supported a variety of civic causes. Through involvement in the Junior Miss Southington Scholarship Organization, Katarina volunteered for Relay for Life, Bread for Life, and the Southington Community Services. As a member of the Spriti Joy Choir, Katarina travelled to multiple sites to sing for the sick and elderly. Her civic involvement provided her opportunity to develop leadership skills. Katerina served as vice-president of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association, chaired the Toys for Tots Committee, and served as an Apple Harvest Program Ambassador. In addition to her school and community work, Katarina has found time to participate in young adult productions, create layouts for the high school yearbook, and serve as treasurer of the SHS Drama Club. In her essay, Katarina shared her thoughts about volunteerism: “Overall, these programs have taught me so many life lessons.”

Stephen Vollaro was named recipient of SEF’s STEM Scholarship. Stephen will attend the University of Hartford this fall majoring in mechanical engineering with his sights on career specialization in thermodynamics. Stephen’s co-curricular activities are an extension of his academic aptitude and personal interests. His studies include Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a four-year engineering capstone course of study offering college level curriculum and credits from RIT  Stephen has been a member of the CyberKnights FIRST Robotics Team, an organization that involves combining the skills of engineering, robotics, and teamwork to build a robot that performs a task that is new every year and competes to win a competition. As a member of the Math Club, he has had the opportunity to extend his already strenuous mathematics studies. Stephen not only achieved academic prowess, but also developed leadership and musical skills. Through his involvement with Boy Scouts of America, he is a candidate for Eagle Scout and also was selected for BSA’s “Order of the Arrow”, a recognition for the highest level of service. As a member of the SHS Marching Band, Stephen played several instruments and held elected positions. His volunteer work shows an interest in world issues such as hunger, shelter, and the environment. Stephen’s essay emphasized the need for developing more efficient and clean energy in new and creative ways, the power of imagination, and making a difference in the world.

Ann Taylor, SEF scholarship co-chair stated, "We received many very impressive applications for these scholarship awards. After careful consideration among the many qualified candidates, the committee chose Katarina Belales and Stephen Vollaro, as recipients who embodied the spirit of the Joseph V. Erardi, Jr. and STEM scholarships, respectively."

Katarina is the daughter of Theodore and Angela Belales. Stephen is the son of John and Stephanie Vollaro. This is the third year the SEF Southington Education Foundation has awarded these scholarships.

The SEF is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 to support enriching and creative initiatives in education. The STEM scholarship is one way the Foundation supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Last fall the SEF gave its support to a new initiative, the Partnership between the Southington Public Schools and the CCSU Technology and Engineering Partnership. This program impacts students at the middle and high schools in Southington.

During his tenure as Southington Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Joseph V. Erardi encouraged educators and residents alike to become active in the Southington community and was a catalyst for founding the Foundation.
The SEF Southington Education Foundation encourages Southington educators to apply for a grant that aligns with the SEF mission to instill a life-long love of learning in all children through innovative, creative learning experiences that expand upon existing educational opportunities. Funding is available and the next deadline is October 6, 2017. (Information about grant applications can be found here.)


Past Recipients

2016

  • Erardi Scholarship Recipient: Sarah Lamb
  • STEM Scholarship Recipient: Emily Maciejewski
2015 Scholarship Recipients

2015

  • STEM Scholarship Recipient: Erik Bergland
  • Erardi Scholarship Recipient: Madison Chapman


 

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