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
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.”