By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
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.
Steven Martinez of Manchester is entering his fourth year of schooling to become a licensed plumbing contractor, while working as a plumber's apprentice.
Hamza Abdulrahman is attending college with help from a Foundation scholarship. His scholarship is from the Elizabeth I. Bickel Scholarship fund — which was created by a woman whose own family had emigrated to America, and always found ways to help the next waves of immigrants following behind them.
Career change: Meghan Foley used to cover local emergencies as a reporter. Now she responds to them as a firefighter and EMT. With help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship, Meghan is studying Fire Science at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia.
Read the final report on the Class Gift to the Class of 2021, including implications for New Hampshire, lessons from neighboring states — and how additional investment in community college for students could benefit New Hampshire students, workforce, economy and communities.
‘I didn’t know these doors were open to me.’ Partner post from Reaching Higher NH about how schools are promoting equitable access through homegrown career pathways.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces five 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 $78,500 in scholarships in 2022.
David C. Prescott saved for years to create a scholarship that will help New Hampshire students for generations.
Longtime public-school educator John Foss "had a special place in his heart for kids who struggled with learning." Now, a scholarship fund in his name will help students from Milford who have faced disabilities or hardships such as homelessness or mental health challenges; or students studying to become educators who will help children who have faced disability or hardship.
As a youngster in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hussain Amiri collected and sold firewood and made carpets to help support his family, then studied at night. After enduring war and trauma, his family arrived in Concord with only what they carried and very little idea of what to expect. Now, he is studying at Plymouth State University for a career in computer science and working as a case manager at Building Community in NH, helping refugees as they build new lives in New Hampshire.
Marina Ngalula is on the cusp of realizing her childhood dream of becoming an engineer — so she can build useful things that improve people's lives.
The “Gift to the Class of 2021” recognizes the disruption the pandemic has had on educational aspirations and aims to get students back on track.
Nonprofit Duet program in Manchester "meets students where they are, and gets them where they need to be" with a combination of online learning, flexibility, coaching, tutoring, career counseling and more.