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July 26, 2013

Northern Essex awards record number of scholarships

HAVERHILL — Two hundred local residents who are students at Northern Essex Community College will receive approximately $178,000 in scholarships for the 2013/2014 academic year, according to a recent announcement by the college.

“Our students are deeply appreciative of the many generous individuals and organizations that make these scholarships possible,” said Jean Poth, vice president of institutional advancement. “For many of our students, a scholarship is what allows them to stay in school.”

Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and come from a variety of sources, including private donors, memorial donations, local businesses and private foundations.

There are two new memorial scholarships this year: the Betty Beland Memorial Scholarship and the Kathryn F. Moyes Memorial Scholarship.

Funded by the Stevens Foundation, the Betty Beland Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Betty Beland, a Lawrence activist who passed away in November of 2011. Beland was the administrator of the Stevens Foundation for more than 25 years, and the scholarship will be awarded annually to a student from Lawrence.

The Kathryn Moyes Memorial Scholarship is an annual award funded by the family of Kathryn Moyes, a longtime member of the college’s Developmental Education faculty, who passed away in May of 2012. This scholarship will be awarded to two deserving students each year.

Also new this year are the Haverhill Community Television Transfer Scholarships, two $5,000 scholarships for NECC students who are graduating with an associate degree and plans to pursue a four-year degree in communications; the Greater Newburyport Community Center Foundation Scholarship, a $1,000 annual scholarship for a deserving student with preference given to individuals from the Newburyport area or those who have served in the military; and the NECC Foundation, Inc. Incoming Freshman Scholarship which will be given to nine students from local high schools based on high school transcript, recommendation and credits enrolled at NECC.

“Establishing a scholarship can be a very appropriate way of honoring an individual,” said Poth. “A scholarship also is a very effective way of giving back to the community since the great majority of our students are from the Merrimack Valley.”

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