May 28, 2022

Essex Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients Announced

Back row from left: Essex Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Scott Nelson, Kyle Connor, Kathryn D’Amico, Kevin Dunn, Glenn Holmes, Emma Meeks, Essex Rotary President-elect Diana Harbison; Front row: Chris Pacileo, Jessica Alvarado, Griffin Burrows

ESSEX, CT – Eight outstanding Essex students are receiving a total of $22,000.00 to assist with their college education bill in the upcoming academic year.

First time recipients Emma Meeks and Glenn Holmes, both of Ivoryton, will be entering their freshman year at American University in the fall.

Kyle Connor from Ivoryton will return to Endicott College as a sophomore concentrating in sports management.  Griffin Burrows from Essex will begin his sophomore year majoring in liberal arts at Wheaton College.

Ivoryton resident Kevin Dunn will return to Marist College where he majors in English/ Education. Jessica Alvarado who now has an Associates’ Degree in accounting from Middlesex Community College is transferring to Bryant University to complete her Bachelors degree.

Ivoryton residents Chris Pacileo and Kathryn D’Amico will enter their senior years; Pacileo at UConn where he majors in chemical engineering and D’Amico at URI where she majors in nursing and may have set her sights on emergency room care.

Holding a dual role as Chair of the Scholarship Committee and President of the Essex Rotary Scholarship Foundation, Scott Nelson has followed these students and many others as they achieve their educational and vocational dreams.  To renew their scholarships, students are required to maintain continued enrollment.  Consistent with the personal small town feature of this scholarship program, the Committee requires the students to write a letter each year describing their academic journey.  They are also asked to come to an annual Rotary dinner to meet the club members that made these scholarship awards possible.  Funds are raised through many events such as the recent 54th Annual Essex Rotary Shad Bake, the Wine Tasting coming up on September 21st and the annual Scrabble tournament.