Marking the seventh year of its scholarship program, CIRI has awarded $3,500 — increased this year from the previous $2,500 amount — to each of six students to apply to their college studies. Since its inception in 2011, the program has awarded a total of $81,000 in scholarship monies to date.
This year’s awards were presented at the CIRI Annual Spring Dinner Meeting on May 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. 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 2017 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 2017 graduates who received this year’s scholarship grants are:
Samantha Courtemanche • A graduate of North Attleboro High School who resides in North Attleboro, MA, Samantha has entered the Animal Science/Pre-Vet program at Purdue University, in preparation for veterinary school. Her mother, Suzanne Courtemanche, is employed by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.
Jackson Cronin • A graduate of East Greenwich High School who resides in East Greenwich, RI, Jackson has entered George Washington University where he is majoring in Finance with a focus on Business Economics. Jackson’s father, Christopher Cronin, is employed by BETA Group..
Cassidy DiRamio • A graduate of Marshfield High School who resides in Marshfield, MA, Cassidy is a pre-med student concentrating on Health Policy and Management at Providence College. Her hope is to become an orthopedic surgeon. Cassidy’s father, Richard DiRamio, is employed by J.F. White Contracting Company.
Noah Kappel • A Westfield High School graduate who resides in Westfield, MA, Noah is majoring in Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His goal is to work for a firm that researches and develops solutions to societal problems. Noah’s mother, Pamela Kappel, is employed by J.F. White Contracting Company.
Daniel Page • A graduate of Uxbridge High School who resides in Uxbridge, MA, Daniel has begun a five-year course of study at the University of New Hampshire in Civil Engineering, culminating in a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Daniel’s father, Willard Page, is employed by Milton CAT.
Andrea Skawinski • A graduate of Cumberland High School who lives in Cumberland, RI, Andrea is majoring in Biology at the University of Connecticut — and plans to enroll in medical school after her undergraduate studies. Her father, John Skawinski, Jr., is employed by Cumberland Quarry Corp.