The Auburn Chamber of Commerce awarded $16,500 in scholarships at the annual Scholarship Award Breakfast on Wednesday, May 23 at the Auburn – Webster Elks Lodge. Since 1995, the Auburn Chamber has awarded a total of $293,000 in student scholarships and teacher mini-grants through the proceeds from its annual School/Business Partnership Golf Tournament held each September.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

Academic Scholarship Recipients

Hannah Cherry – $1,500

Christopher Keyes – $1,500

Brenda Ta – $1,500

Amanda Doherty – $1,500

Katelyn Norwood – $1,500

Chamber Scholarship Recipients

Emily Anderson – $1,500

Morgan Maher – $1,500

In addition, Bridget White received the $3,000 Stephen Lucas Memorial Scholarship. Patrick Kapur received the $3,000 Major David L. Brodeur Scholarship

Scholarship recipients and the School/Business Partnership Committee: Front row: Amanda Doherty, Katelyn Norwood, Bridget White, Christopher Keyes, Morgan Maher, Hannah Cherry. Back row: Sheila Veideman, Virginia Parent, Karen Blais, Patrick Kapur, Vinod Vaidyanath, and Carrie Cross-Tiraboschi [Photo Henry Montville/HJM Photography]

Former State Representative and current Executive Director of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State University System and Chairman of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, Vincent Pedone, delivered the keynote address. Speaking to the students, parents Chamber members and guests, Pedone emphasized the critical need for degree programs in the Bay State.

“With baby boomers retiring, by 2030 it is estimated there will be over 100,000 degree jobs open in Massachusetts” said Pedone. “Invest in our higher education system, whether public or private” Pedone implored. “It is incredibly important for our economy that we maintain a well-educated citizenry.”