Recent Triton graduate Dmitri Hunt will be starting his college education at Northeastern University in style as the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from Wheelabrator Technologies.
“My father would’ve probably liked someone like Dmitri,” said Cornelius Madigan, whose late father, Dan, is the namesake of the scholarship. “He always liked a working school like Northeastern where you are working a co-op and getting your hands dirty as well as getting a great education. We were all pretty proud of him; we think he’s going to do a very good job.”
Hunt, who co-captained the cross country and baseball teams during the past school year, will be studying electrical engineering at Northeastern and impressed the selection committee when he met with them.
“I thought he was a terrific kid,” Madigan said of Hunt. “He really has his act together. He is really well-deserving of the award. A $5,000 scholarship is a good way to start your academic career.”
The Wheelabrator scholarship is unique in that it benefits a student of two different high schools. Dan Madigan went to Northridge High School, and a $5,000 check is awarded to a student there. The same is also given to a graduate of Triton where Madigan’s seven children went to school. Each recipient must finish in the top 10 percentile of his or her class and show an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.
“I was kind of surprised when I got it,” Hunt said. “But I was really excited. I looked at some of the past winners (including baseball star Tim Cashman and track star Cam Loughlin), and that’s a hard group to be a part of. I appreciate the recognition.”
Hunt was indeed in the top 10 percentile of the Class of 2013 and has an interest in engineering, but his athletic experience didn’t hurt his chances either.