Friday June 22, 2012

RICHMOND -- A total of $6,400 was awarded this year to 11 Richmond students, including 2012 high school graduates and college students.

The awards come from six separate funds that honor local residents.

Awards of $1,000 from the Anita Chapman Scholarship Fund went to Jordan Piazza, a biochemistry student at New York University; and Alandra Lopez, who was accepted early decision to Bowdoin College and was salutatorian at Monument this year. It is the 41st year of Chapman scholarships.

Robin Hicks, a medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, re ceived the $750 William and Hazel Dickson Scholarship, which honors a couple who were very active in Richmond community service.

Alexa Pfeiffer, a 2012 Monument graduate, was awarded $750 from the Mildred Wheeler Memorial Fund. She will enter the UMass Commonwealth Honors College in Amherst in the fall as a biology major and pre-med student.

Awards of $700 from the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department/Malnati Family Scholarship Fund went to Mike Malinowski, who will enter Berkshire Community College in the fall, and Sophia Randolph, Monument class of 2012, who will enter Harvard University in the fall.

A Fire Department/Malnati Family award of $100, honoring the late Harold Kingsley, went to Eleanor Randolph, a Williams College student; and a second $100 award, honoring George Kingsley, was given to Harrison Lang, who is a student at Tulane University.


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Dylan Carman, a 2012 Taconic High graduate, received a $500 Anita Chapman Scholarship and will enter Gettysburg College in the fall to major in psychology and environmental studies.

John Malinowski, who graduated this year from Monument Mountain, was awarded a $500 Sarah Macdonald Scholarship toward his studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Joyce C. Spence Scholarship of $300 was awarded to Jennifer Begley, a 2012 Monument Mountain graduate who will be a freshman at Dartmouth College in the fall.

The awards committee for the Richmond scholarships focuses on students' academic achievements and community service. Their activities range from volunteer firefighter to helping with Special Olympics, the town roadside clean-up, and an array of school-connected activities.