The Lynn Housing authority & Development (LHAND) presented college scholarships totaling $25,500 to 32 high school students from Lynn.
The scholarships are funded by LHAND employee fundraising events and donations from local businesses. LHAND has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships since 1999.
“This is our largest and most successful year of assisting Lynn resident high school seniors,” LHAND Executive Director Charles Gaeta said. “It is amazing to see how hard students have worked to overcome some of the hardships they face.
“This would not have been accomplished without our employees’ donation of time and money, particularly their work every year with our largest event, the scholarship golf tournament,” Gaeta added.
This year’s LHAND Scholarship Golf Open was held June 28 at Kelley Greens in Nahant.
Academic achievement is not the only factor the LHAND Scholarship Committee takes into consideration when going through the selection process. The committee looks at extracurricular activities, and also asks applicants to write an essay about what they like most about their community and their school.
Erin Ford was on the scholarship selection committee this year and was impressed with the applications. “There are some students in Lynn who are going to do really well and make a difference out there,” Ford said. “The amount of hard work they have put into their education really showed in their application,” she added.
The awards are broken down into three categories: any high school senior who is a Lynn resident; a high school senior who is a past or present participant in any LHAND housing program; or a high school senior who is a Lynn resident accepted into the education field, a scholarship named for former LHAND Board of Commissioners Chair and retired Pickering Middle School Principal Patricia Barton. In addition, to the three categories there is a Director’s Award chosen every year by the executive director.
The 2013 LHAND Scholarship recipients are: Reem Ahmad, Julia Baraily, Ashley Belair, Abby Blake, Marvin Edy Bony, Wendher Cabral, Shannon Calnan, Vincent Capano, Taylor Cash, Kiki Cromwell, Olivia DeJoie , Daniel Donovan, Samantha Earp, Angela Erelli, Joseph Field, Neyat Fishea, Carolin Frias, Ryan Hanlon, Julissa Hernandez, Jeremy Langlois, Nicole Lizotte, Mackenzie Mackin , Daylin Munoz, Ryan Phelan, Justin Reese, Mac St. Ives, Henrique Santos, Sovathya Sar, McKenzie Schultz, Brenda Seng, Nicholas Stanley and Andrew Travers.
The awards were presented to the students at their respective school’s award’s awards ceremonies. This year’s presenters were staff members Olivia Lyons, Adelle Abdallah, Catherine Rowe and Lysa Newhall.