Marking the sixth year of its scholarship program, CIRI has awarded $2,500 to each of six students to apply to their college studies. Since its inception in 2011, the program has awarded a total of $60,000 in scholarship monies to date.
This year’s awards were presented at the CIRI Annual Spring Dinner Meeting on May 25 at Alpine Country Club. The scholarships were renamed in 2014 in honor of Henry Sherlock, executive director of CIRI for 37 years and a lifelong advocate for the pursuit of higher education.
Any senior high school student graduating in 2016 who is the child or grandchild of a present employee or an employee of a CIRI member company — and will be enrolling in a two-year or four-year accredited college or university— was eligible to apply for consideration. The winning 2016 graduates who received this year’s scholarship grants are:
Conor Blomquist • A graduate of Carver Middle High School who resides in Carver, MA, Conor will be majoring in aerospace engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His goal is to become an aircraft/spacecraft designer and eventually work for NASA. Conor’s father, Scott Blomquist, is employed by Barker Steel.
Regina Collari • A graduate of Scituate High School who resides in Scituate, MA, Regina is headed to UMass/Amherst to pursue a liberal arts education with a focus on social sciences and humanities. Regina’s father, Robert Collari, is employed by J.F. White Contracting.
Hannah Grivers • A graduate of North Providence High School who resides in North Providence, Hannah will be majoring in biology with a specialization in neuroscience at Assumption College. Her goal is to become a researcher with a focus on studying the brain. Hannah’s father, Peter Grivers, is employed by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.
Fiona Johnson • A Dublin School graduate who resides in Harrisville, NH, Fiona is looking to major in a STEM field with a minor in French. Fiona’s father, Brice Johnson, is employed by Milton Caterpillar.
Audra Ravenelle • A graduate of Smithfield High School who resides in Greenville, RI, Audra will be majoring in health sciences at Ithaca College. She hopes to build a career in either pre-medicine or nutrition and to eventually open her own clinic. Audra’s father, Tood Ravenelle, is employed by Gordon R. Archibald, Inc.
Nicholas Ridder • A graduate of Pembroke High School who lives in Pembroke, MA, Nicholas will pursue a double major in political science and Russian studies at The College of the Holy Cross. With a career in government/politics as his main goal, Nicholas would also like to join the Peace Corps and possibly teach in Russia. His father, Scott Ridder, is employed by BETA Group, Inc.