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Last Wednesday night, the Orchard Cove Ballroom in Canton was filled to capacity to celebrate the 14 Orchard Cove employees who received scholarships from the Orchard Cove residents. In a touching ceremony, residents shared heartfelt stories and thoughts on each scholarship recipient.
Among the recipients were six Canton residents. Each of the awardees received between $1,000 and $3,000 scholarships.
Since 2006, 70 scholarships totaling $160,000 have been awarded by the members of the Independent Living Community at Orchard Cove to help Orchard Cove employees achieve their educational goals.
“The scholarship fund encourages staff members to pursue further education," said Orchard Cove Resident Bernyce Shimberg in a statement. "Often the skills gained improve some aspects of service to Orchard Cove members; and sometimes their education has led them to new professions which enrich their lives as well as their communities. Always, the scholarship program has helped to make Orchard Cove an attractive place to work and to motivate high level employees to encourage their family members to come here to work.”
This year, the scholarship committee awarded 14 scholarships. The six Canton recipients were:
- Allison Rosenthal, Sarah Lawrence College
- Eric Newton, UMass Amherst
- Jacqueline Williams, Regis College
- Premela Schutt, Western New England Law and Sarah Lawrence College
- Ryan Hanlon, Massasoit Community College
- Stephanie Williams, Bridgewater State University
Also awarded were Natasha Miller, Emma Bernier-Dumel, Mary Alice Duterlien and Barbara Fleuraguste of Brockton; Esther Briocher, Tahisha Charles and Gregory Davy of Randolph and Kerry Paulhus of North Attleboro.
The Scholarship Committee comprises 15 Orchard Cove members and has been awarding scholarships for 11 years. Fundraising activities include direct fund drives, fashion shows, auctions, raffles and a Monte Carlo night, according to Shimberg. Many Orchard Cove residents have joined these activities to make them successful.