BJHS Alumni Association scholarships
BROWNVILLE JUNCTION — This has been an unusual year. Due to the coronavirus situation, all students completed their spring semester working from home. Some were unable to complete classes that required hands-on activity. Knowing that grading for the semester would vary from school to school, it was determined that this year’s Brownville Junction High School Alumni Association scholarships would be given out based on cumulative GPAs, not semester grades.
In addition to the unusual circumstances the students were dealing with, there was no BJHS Alumni reunion this summer. The officers and scholarship committee members met to verify this year’s scholarship recipients.
Fifteen completed applications were received this year. Of 12 applications nine are from current college students and three are from high school seniors. The GPAs ranged from 4.0 to 2.9. The highest GPA again this year comes from a high school senior.
This year’s scholarships have been awarded as follows:
The Margaret Law Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the medical area. Two scholarships will be given to students in this area of study. The first scholarship recipient of this scholarship this year is Jordan Durant. She is the granddaughter of Whit and Linda Coburn and Barbie Durant. She attends Husson University and is majoring in physical therapy.
The second Margaret Law Scholarship is awarded to Mackenzie Worcester. Her BJHS Alumni connections are Fred Worcester and Carol Melanson. Worcester is attending Husson University majoring in physical therapy.
Three scholarships are open to all students who apply:
The Eleanor Rosebush Scholarship recipient is Victoria Bryer. Bryer is attending Eastern Connecticut State University, majoring in criminology with a minor in sustainable energy studies. She is the granddaughter of Janet Burgoyne.
The Don Stiles Scholarship recipient is Brandon Bryer. He is the great-grandson of Elmer Cunningham (deceased) and is attending the University of Cincinnati pursuing an advanced degree of Juris Doctor.
The Henry & Annie Graves Scholarship is awarded to Camron Bailey. He is a 2020 graduate of Penquis Valley High School. Bailey is the grandchild of James Larson. He plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College, majoring in electrical line work technology.
The Greta Connors Scholarship recipient is Faith Sickler. She is attending Lesley University (College of Art and Design) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her BJHS connections are Felice Coburn Lyford and Dodie and Jack Coburn.
Two scholarships are awarded specifically to high school seniors:
The BJHS Scholarship is awarded to Del Bonsu-Anane who is the grandson of Kay Chase Whitney and the great-grandchild of Guilford and Annie Chase. Bonsu-Anane is a 2020 graduate of Con Val High School in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He plans to attend North Carolina State University to study business management.
The Allen Lente Scholarship is awarded to Sapphira Murphy this year. She is a 2020 graduate of The Learning Clinic in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Murphy is the granddaughter of Charlene Kinney Buzza.She plans to attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in the fall, majoring in sustainable food production.
When the alumni officers met to review the scholarship awards, it was decided to award three additional scholarships this year as these three students have GPAs within one point of the last awarded scholarship.
A second Don Stiles Scholarship will be awarded to Abigail J. Koehler who is the granddaughter of Lauris Boulanger Sailor. She is attending Springfield College in Massachusetts, majoring in marketing.
An additional Greta Connors Scholarship is awarded to Alex Morrison. He is the grandson of Larry and Donna Morrill. Morrison is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Maine.
A third Margaret Law Scholarship is awarded to Alyssa Murano. She is the granddaughter of Donald Martin, Sr. and attends Husson University. Her major is occupational therapy.
Scholarships are available to any child/step-child, grandchild/step-grandchild or great-grandchild/step-great-grandchild of active members of the BJHS Alumni Association. Those descendants of alumni who have passed away but were active members before their death are also eligible. Applications can be completed from May to July of each year and are available here on the Three Rivers Community website. For more information, contact BJHSAlumni@trcmaine.org.