By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Content Manager |
Scholarship recipient Brandon Bisson of Berlin is already living his dream: He’s studying fire science at Lakes Region Community College — while working as a student firefighter in Center Harbor, and living in firefighters’ quarters at the station.
Brandon is getting his associate degree with help from the new Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
The scholarship, Brandon says, “takes a big financial burden off me.”
Brandon plans to take paramedic classes while in school, and hopes to be a full-time New Hampshire firefighter when he graduates. He wants to “have a positive impact on the community.”
Brandon wants to work in a large fire department — but one that’s close to home. “I just feel it’s important,” he says, “to never forget where you came from and where you grew up.”
This story originally appeared in our 2015 Fall/2016 Winter Purpose Newsletter.
Matthias Page of Claremont, an ocean engineering and mathematics major at the University of New Hampshire, is working his way through school with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.
Judy Burrows retired at the end of 2019. Her life's work has made life better for thousands of people.
More than 400 New Hampshire people and families have set up scholarship funds at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help other New Hampshire people get the education they need.
Charitable Foundation Student Aid program helps some 1,500 students each year get the education they need to achieve their dreams.
The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund provides college money for students of Kennett High School in North Conway, which serves eight towns in the Mount Washington Valley. Bill’s stepson, Ron Collins, remembered Bill Levy saying: “I want the kids in the Valley to have a chance. If they have the gumption to go to school, but not the money, I’m going to help them.’
Megan Flanagan, a four-year recipient of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship, graduated last spring from the University of Vermont with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration while running two small businesses — and dreaming of a bright future in the North Country
Mark Connolly spent his career "paying forward" the hand-up that helped him finish college and embark on a lifetime of accomplishments. Now, a scholarship fund in his name will continue to do the same for New Hampshire students
Medallion Fund scholarships helped Michelle Porter earn her degree in Welding Technology from Manchester Community College
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces three scholarship recipients for the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund
The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarships support students from A. Crosby Kennett High School in Conway — awarding $62,000 in scholarships in 2019
Ralph Baer was an engineer and inventor whose "brown box" controller became the original prototype for much of modern video gaming. The Ralph H. and Dena W. Baer Scholarship Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will support the next generation of innovative thinkers from the Queen City, helping students from Manchester Central High School who want to study in technology-related fields
The Fresh Tracks Medallion Fund is the newest of 26 Medallion scholarship funds open to learners of any age who are training in the trades or pursuing certifications in emerging technical sectors and other high-growth occupations
The Norman F. and Marilyn W. Jones Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will make its first awards this year