By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Michelle Porter first tried her hand at welding on the New Hampshire farm where she grew up, mending broken tractor parts.
Now, she is a newly minted graduate of Manchester Community College with a degree in Welding Technology. From the day she first visited the program — timid, at first, until she saw other women learning the trade — she was “in love” with welding.
Her plan is to someday own and run her own shop — and fabricate components of buildings and bridges. She likes the idea of stepping back, looking at something tangible and huge, and knowing that she helped build it. Medallion Fund scholarships from the Foundation have helped cover the cost of her degree.
Throughout college, when Michelle finished classes for the day — like gas and arc welding, manufacturing and repair technique, blueprint reading — she swapped her
welder’s hood and gloves for a bartender’s apron. She worked three bartending jobs while maintaining a full course load and graduating with honors.
“You gotta want it,” she says, with a shrug.
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.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces six 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 $66,500 in scholarships in 2020.
Social studies teacher from West Running Brook Middle School in Derry will spend her sabbatical year on a project called "Promoting Just Schools," aiming to help ensure that all New Hampshire children have an equal opportunity to thrive in the classroom.
Meredith Peck of Holderness, now a medical resident, plans to return to New Hampshire to practice as a family doctor in communities in need of primary care physicians.
Charitable Foundation scholarships are helping Marissa and Dalton Courtemarche of Lyndeborough finish their degrees and embark on careers in veterinary medicine and environmental conservation.
Kaylee Downs of Rochester is earning a degree in fire science from Lakes Region Community College with help from Charitable Foundation Scholarships.
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.