Sammy Pierce Scholarship

winnersCPBR Awards 2017 Sammy Pierce Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee for CPBR is happy to announce the names of this year’s Sammy Pierce Scholarship winners and their future plans. All are graduating seniors. In alphabetical order, by last name, they are:

Aiyana Fortin – Aiyana is from Mount Holly, and Black River High School. She will be studying at the University of Vermont in September. She hopes to pursue advanced graduate degrees in research in Biomedical Engineering. She has been a member/volunteer of numerous organizations, including the Springfield Community Players, the Community Guild of Mount Holly, Black River Academy Museum, and A World of Difference. The most impactful/valuable volunteer experience for Aiyana has been as a facilitator at the Vermont Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY). HOBY is a world-wide organization that mentors sophomores in leadership and volunteerism.

Riley Karl – Riley is from Chester, and Green Mountain Union High School. Riley is the Valedictorian of the class of 2017. Riley has served as Vice President of the National Honor Society and Class Officer (Treasurer) for three years. Her volunteerism has influenced many of the activities, events, and fundraisers in the school and community. She has been a math tutor and a middle school track coach assistant. Her position as Editor-in-Chief for the Yearbook and her involvement helping the athletic directors design logos for the school’s sportswear cultivated her creativity and a passion for working in Photoshop. She is hoping to pursue a career in Graphic Design and Public Communications. Riley will be attending the University of Vermont in September.

Skylar White – Skyler, is from Chester, and Green Mountain Union High School. She has volunteered in the “Teens Reaching Youth for Vermont’s Energy Education Program” (a mentoring program promoting clean, earth friendly energy sources), the “Innovations in Learning Committee” (A Two Rivers Supervisory Union study committee formed to help fulfill Act 46 requirements), and the “Ludlow Summer Recreation Program." As Treasurer of her school’s Interact Club, she participated in many community trash clean-up projects and charity events. It was with the Interact Club that Skylar and 11 other students spent a week painting, installing plumbing systems, and building a water tower for an impoverished elementary school in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. This eye-opening trip, as well as a prior 10 day trip abroad to Beaufays, Belgium as a volunteer at a summer camp, is what has spurred an interest in International Relations and Development. After a gap year in Brazil, Skylar will be attending the American University, in Washington, D.C.

CPBR Sammy Pierce Scholarship Recipients 2016
Volunteerism and Stewardship Go Hand in Hand

The Scholarship Committee of the Crown Point Board of Realtors is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Sammy Pierce Memorial Scholarship. The Committee awards two $1,000 scholarships to two students with a strong history of volunteer or charitable services, leadership skills, and a commitment to their community and humanitarian efforts. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Scholarships!

IMG 2856Sarah Martel from Proctorsville: Sarah is enrolled at the University of Southern Maine, and pursuing a degree in nursing. She is the 2016 GMUHS Class President and captain of the Varsity Soccer team, and was nominated for All State in her senior year. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society. Throughout high school, she was a Rotary officer and Chester Interact member, as well as a junior Auxiliary Member (9 years) at the American Legion Post 36 in Ludlow. She has volunteered in a variety of capacities. Sarah served in a leadership role working with children in the community on crafts and other activities. She has helped with yard work for local Rotarians, and has coordinated and participated in sales, races and raffles to raise money for local organizations. Her personal favorite activity – Wrapping and delivering Christmas gifts to children at the Kurn Hattin Homes, and seeing their joy and excitement. Sarah loves being around children, which has inspired her to pursue a degree in pediatric nursing.

Heather Morse 2016 Recipient of Sammy Pierce ScholarshipHeather Morse from Chester: Heather will be attending the University of Vermont, majoring in journalism, communications and film studies. Heather was the recipient of the Green Mountain Gold Award for Academic Excellence and the Wellesley College Book Award. She represented her high school at the district level in both theater and band and later on at the state level in theater. She has attended Upward Bound every summer and participated in many community service projects working with children and animals, performing manual labor on farms, assisting librarians, doing secretarial work, promoting community events and donating to charities. Her favorite volunteer experience was one through Upward Bound at the Brigham Hill Community Farm in North Grafton, MA. They harvested, cleaned, and boxed a variety of crops destined for a community food shelf to be distributed to families in need.

About the Sammy Pierce Scholarship

Sammy Pierce was a real estate professional of the highest caliber. Well known in the area, not only for his real estate expertise, but equally for his willingness to help others when he saw a need. It is that quality that CPBR hopes to find in students today of any age who are going on to higher learning.
Sammy died in a tragic motorcycle accident. As in all accidents, there is never an expectation; no warning; no good-byes. The Crown Point Board of Realtors®, together with Sammy’s family, chooses scholarship recipients each year who best exemplify that same giving spirit that Sammy displayed – helping when there is a need, without thought of recognition or reward.