Sammy Pierce Scholarship

CPBR Awards 2018 Sammy Pierce Scholarships

Following are the letters written by our 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Screen Shot 2018-09-07 at 2.43.26 PMOwen Kelly – Springfield High School

Hello, my name is Owen Kelley and in one month I will begin a new journey at Northern Vermont University in the Mountain Recreation Management program. I always dreamed about going into college to major in something that I am passionate about and will enjoy for the rest of my life. When I discovered this program at NVU, I knew it would lead me down a path that would ensure my happiness, as well as my ability to give back to the communities that I am a part of. This is truly a dream come true for me, as well as my family, as I will be the first to go off to full time college immediately after high school. It wouldn't be possible without amazing organizations and community minded individuals like those on the Crown Point Board of Realtors who honored me with the Sammy Pierce Scholarship. I am blessed to be a recipient and couldn't be more excited to see what the future holds! Thank you all again!


Screen Shot 2018-09-07 at 2.43.20 PMAiyana Fortin – Black River High School

A Graduate of Black River, HS, Aiyana was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 at UVM. She also received the June Veinott Award,presented to the female student who, at the end of her first year of study, shows the greatest promise of being successful in the engineering profession.    

Crown Point Members,

My name is Aiyana Fortin and I am now a sophomore at UVM, majoring in Biomedical
Engineering. Thanks to your support, I have received the Sammy Pierce Memorial Scholarship
two years in a row, and due to the cancellation of the August meeting, I’d like to share some of
my experiences from the past year with you here.

Last year my semesters were packed with math, chemistry, biology, computer
programming, and physics, and through those classes I built a foundation in analytical thinking
and creative problem solving. Over winter break and this summer, I had an internship in a
breast cancer microwave imaging research lab at Dartmouth College, where the lab is designing
a system to visualize a tumor within the breast using the electrical properties of the tissue. This
will aid in diagnosis of cancer and in measuring the effect of certain treatments, allowing the
patient to alter their treatment if they are not achieving the desired results. I worked to help
design and build portions of the system and gained confidence in solving challenging problems.

One of my most interesting and enjoyable classes last semester was an introductory
engineering design course, in which we designed and created 3D-printed prosthetic hands, and
devised solutions for a variety of problems encountered in the UVM Sim Lab, where tools and
devices are used to train doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other medical professionals. In my
group, I assumed a leadership role and together we designed a system to model severe
hemorrhaging following a bullet wound to the chest or abdominal area. Our solution included a
simple venous system suspended in a gelatin slab, which was mounted in a t-shirt so it could be
worn by a volunteer. The system featured fake blood and a peristaltic pump which we designed
and 3D-printed. In this project, we applied the principles we had learned in our other classes,
learned the value of communication within a team, and gained first-hand engineering
experience as we worked through unexpected challenges along the way.

I’m looking forward to another year of interesting classes and experiences that will push
my career forward so that I can make lasting contributions to the biomedical community. Thank
you for your support in my educational endeavors.

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.