2017 Recipients Thank the Donors!

2017 Recipients Thank the Donors!

Eighty Avon graduates who either live in Avon or attend Avon High School are continuing their education this Fall, thanks to scholarship funds from Avon Dollars for Scholars. The local volunteer-based, non-profit organization hosted an Awards Night on May 22, 2017 and presented a total of over $80,000 in scholarships to 80 students for post-secondary education.
Since our establishment 39 years ago, Avon Dollars for Scholars has awarded a total of more than $1,,406,510 in scholarships to 1,693 local students.
At the awards event, many of the Avon Dollars for Scholars funds were presented to the recipients by the donors themselves, through scholarships that have been established in honor or memory of specific individuals.  
Members of Avon Dollars for Scholars work year-round with local residents, businesses and foundations to raise money so scholarships can be provided to qualified students. To be eligible to apply for funds from Avon Dollars for Scholars, students must either attend Avon High School, or be residents of Avon, regardless of which high school they attend; public; private; magnet; parochial; or technical school. Scholarship funds are awarded based upon exceptional community service, citizenship and merit, or financial need.
The 2017 Avon Dollars for Scholars Scholarships and their student recipients:


ADFS Board of Directors Scholarship - Ryan Albanesi; Julia Bertsch; Andreanna Crawford; Dylan Hellyar; 
                                                                   Kate Howley; John Jones; Claire Ryan                                                   
Alice Y. Zacchera Memorial Scholarship - Jordyn Saxe
Amici Italian Grill Scholarship - Hannah Deppe
Amy E. Toyen Memorial Scholarship - Evelyn Alejandro
Avon Boy's Travel Basketball Association Scholarship - Robert Magrini
Avon Dental Group Scholarship - Tali Filstein
Avon Girl Scouts Scholarship - Ashley Clark
Avon Historical Society Scholarship in Honor of Bill Yandow - Luke Villani
Avon Lions Charities Raymond Zacchera Memorial Scholarship - Catherine Butler
Avon Lions Charities Scholarship - Muwen Huang
Avon Little League Brian Collings Memorial Scholarship - Justin Olson
Avon Prime Meats Scholarship - Crystal Puchol
Bearingstar Insurance Scholarship - Zain Athar
Bernard Cole Memorial Scholarships - Zaire Griffin; Jessica MacDougall; Alex Ryan
Betty Karampelas Memorial Scholarship - Byungeun Kim
Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon Scholarship - Julia Shon
Caryl and Leonard Goldberg Education Scholarship - Olivia Donahue
Christine Pappalardo-Greif Scholarship - Francesca Cleary
Colleen Martin Memorial Scholarship - Hannah Davies
Cynthia R. Hopper Memorial Scholarship - Dylan Bernetich
David & Mardelle Peña Family Community Service Scholarship - Hope Martino
David & Mardelle Peña Family Performing Arts Scholarship - Brendan Nelson
David & Mardelle Peña Family Scholarship in Honor of Avon-Canton VFW Post 3272 - John Whitney
David & Lisa Bauer Scholarship - Megan Beauregard
Diane Lieberfarb Scholarship - Reed Freling
Dollars for Scholars President's Scholarship in Honor of  Linda & John Carmon - Samantha Luby
Dollars for Scholars President's Scholarship in Honor of Margaret & Charles Mayer - Caroline Held
Dr. Edwin J. Foley Memorial Scholarship - Austin Chen
Dubiel Family Scholarship - Vivi-cay Edwards
Ensign-Bickford Realty Corp. Scholarship - Seunghee Cho
Farmington Bank Scholarship - Olivia Jackson
Farmington Valley Mudhogs Scholarship - Peter Gerosa
* ​Friends of Avon Music Education (F.A.M.E.) Scholarship - Mark LePage
Garden Club of Avon Scholarship - Marisa Canova
Girls Night  In Scholarship - Gabriella Colletti
In Honor of Claire Fisher Bonti '08 Scholarship - Molly Sanderson
Jacobsen Family Scholarship - Emma Ort
James A. MacNeil Science Scholarship - Oisharya Dasgupta
James Kearney Memorial Lacrosse Scholarship - Olivia Zapatka
* Jeremiah F. McWilliams Memorial Scholarship - Pearl Rourke
Jill A. Hopper Memorial Scholarship - Bassel Abdelbaki
John & Linda Carmon Scholarship - Eric Stross
​* John C. Voaden Scholarship - Taylor Lisevick
John G. Bernetich Memorial Scholarship - Kriti Sharda
Kelly Ann Hahn Memorial Scholarship - Danielle White
Laura Vivian Santiago Memorial Scholarship - Leah Jackman
​* Marcia Polinsky Memorial Scholarship - Adelia Kamenetskiy 
Mark Roberts Memorial Scholarship - Kevin Young
Mellissa Anne Andrew Memorial Scholarship - Sofia Galli
Michael Brighenti '74 Scholarship - Liam HIcks
​* Miriam G. Sahl Memorial Scholarship - Rachel Fletcher
Moran, Shuster, Carignan & Knierim Scholarship - Stephanie Melnyk
PMP Corporation Scholarship - Tatiana Yevin
Ralph & Ellen Gobell Family Scholarship - Natalie Grillo
Reiskin Family Scholarship - Sonya Srinath
Richard Kruse Curiosity, Inspiration, Innovation, Achievement Award - Jacob Bulzak
Robby Brisco Memorial Scholarship - Lauren Pastore
Robert B. & Gladys August Memorial Scholarship - Mackenzie Fischer
Rotary of Avon-Canton Bill Noble Service Scholarship - Jordan Lazinsk
Rotary of Avon-Canton Donald B. Studley Memorial Scholarship - Jenny Henneberry
Ruth Hogan Kotler Memorial Scholarship - Emily Sides
Sandy Jarem Memorial Scholarship - Zongqi (Angela) Wang
Saxe Family Crew Scholarships - Blake Edwards; Lexi Pastizzo 
* Sherrie Krevolin Memorial Scholarship - Christine Oberhausen
Steven & Gwen Hahn Family Scholarship - Madeline Noyes
​* The ALL-GAS Family Scholarship - Jared Culbertson
The North House Scholarship - Raymond Powell
Thomas J. McGuff Memorial Scholarship - Sarah Kane
Thomas Murphy, Jr.  Memorial  Scholarship - Erin Sutter
​* Women in Business Scholarship - Hannah Cifaldi 


​* Newly Created Scholarships for 2017

Established in 1978, the Avon chapter of Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and contributions are considered tax-deductible. To be eligible to apply for funds from Avon Dollars for Scholars, students must attend Avon High School, or be residents of Avon, regardless of which high school they attend: public; private; magnet; parochial; or technical school. Some of  the scholarships awarded are based upon financial need; however many are based on merit and are given to students who display exceptional levels of community service and academic achievement.

Contributions of any size are accepted year-round by Avon Dollars for Scholars. Donations may be made on line at  http://www.avon.dollarsforscholars.org or mailed to: Avon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 706, Avon, CT 06001.

To learn more about Avon Dollars for Scholars, visit http://www.avon.dollarsforscholars.org