By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Matt Faucher comes from a family of five in Berlin. He worked all through high school, and during summers. For a while, he thought college was probably out of financial reach. A scholarship from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund helped put Matt on the road to a degree and a career.
This spring, he will earn his associate degree in information technology from White Mountains Community College — and then go on for a bachelor’s. He is in a “dual admission” program, which means his credits from WMCC will transfer to a New Hampshire public college or university and count directly toward his bachelor’s, which he will be able to complete in two years. He’s leaning toward a career in cyber security.
“College was something I thought I would never really be able to do,” Matt said, “but between the Pell Grant and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and what I was able to save during high school, that made it possible. I really just want to say ‘thank you.’”
NH student aims to make mental health counseling more accessible
Grace Wirein of Dublin is pursuing her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College with help from a Foundation scholarship. Her goals: to become a licensed mental health counselor and psychologist working with adolescents and young adults, in particular with Asian American populations.
‘I want to be able to provide for my children’
Felicia Fekay of Whitefield is doing the work she loves. She became a licensed practical nurse with help from Charitable Foundation scholarships and plans to continue her studies and become a registered nurse.
A week-long job shadow leads to a career path
With help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship, Joshua Williams is studying at Lakes Region Community College, majoring in Electrical Systems Maintenance and Installation and Electrical Power and Control Technologies. He plans four more years of study for an electrician journeyman’s license, then to earn his master electrician’s certification. He dreams of starting his own business.
She found her career path in a tidepool
Adrianna George of Milford is studying Animal Science and Marine Biology at UNH with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.
Medallion Fund helps pave the way for careers
Steven Martinez of Manchester is entering his fourth year of schooling to become a licensed plumbing contractor, while working as a plumber's apprentice.
Standout Concord High athlete is now first in family to attend college
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.
From journalist to firefighter/EMT
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.
Class Gift of 2021 helped jump-start college careers
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.
Equitable access through homegrown career pathways
‘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.
Believing in the power of education
David C. Prescott saved for years to create a scholarship that will help New Hampshire students for generations.
Scholarship honors legacy of John P. Foss
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.