WSWA Educational Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
Washington, D.C.—The WSWA Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural college scholarship competition. The foundation will award college scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to four talented children of WSWA member company employees.
“The WSWA Educational Foundation is very proud to acknowledge the accomplishments and potential of these outstanding students, all of whom are preparing for the next steps in their education and careers," WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said. “We would also like to thank our members and industry partners for their support in contributing to the scholarship fund.”
This is the first year the WSWA Educational Foundation has offered these scholarships, and the foundation is proud to help employees of WSWA members as they work hard to provide for their children’s future. “We were impressed with all the applications the foundation received. Many of these young men and women are striving to make a difference and committed to their education as they prepare for the future,” Wolf said.
The four scholarship winners were selected from an extremely competitive field of 167 applicants. They were chosen based upon their scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities and essays on their career goals. The scholarship recipients are as follows:
Stephan Chassagnoux, from Norwalk, Conn., is a freshman at the University of Connecticut – Storrs majoring in business and finance. Stephan was a member of the National Honor Society and involved in numerous community service clubs at his high school. He was also highly involved with his high school music program, playing the cello, upright bass and electric bass. Stephan’s father, Philippe, is employed by Empire Merchants in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lisa Kasiewicz, from Trumbull, Conn., is a sophomore at Columbia University majoring in chemical engineering. Lisa was the valedictorian of her high school and made the Dean’s List at Columbia this past spring. She is involved with many extracurricular activities, including the Columbia Parliamentary Debate Team, Society of Women Engineers, Columbia Linguistics Society, to name a few. Lisa’s father, Jeff, is employed by Connecticut Distributors in Stratford, Conn
Daniel Samost, from Walpole, Mass., is a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering at Dartmouth College. Daniel graduated high school with high honors and was involved in varsity wrestling and lacrosse. He was also involved with many community service and school organizations and participated in various volunteer activities. Daniel’s father, Scott, is employed by Martignetti Companies in Norwood, Mass.
Mary Katheryn Snyder, from Pensacola, Fla., is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. Mary Katheryn was the valedictorian of her high school and the recipient of numerous scholastic honors. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and many other clubs and participated in varsity soccer and varsity football cheerleading all throughout high school. Although her major is still undecided, Mary Katheryn is certain that her future career will contain an element of public service. Mary Katheryn’s father, Stuart, is employed by Southern Wine & Spirits in Pensacola, Fla.
Six independent judges reviewed the applications and chose the winners. The diverse group of judges included a state court judge, a professor from a top-tier school, a principal at a charter school, a CEO of a social responsibility company and a prominent attorney in Louisiana.
The WSWA Educational Foundation will offer these scholarships again next year. The scholarship competition will be open to college-going children of WSWA member company employees. A notice will be sent to all WSWA members and information will be posted to WSWA’s web site in the spring of 2011.
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