Marking the eighth year of its scholarship program, CIRI has awarded $3,500 to each of seven students to apply to their college studies. Since its inception in 2011, the program has awarded a total of 37 scholarships.
“While our scholarship committee typically awards six scholarships each spring, this year they felt seven candidates clearly deserved the honor,” says Steve Cardi, CIRI President.
This year’s awards were presented at the CIRI Annual Spring Dinner Meeting on May 17 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 2018 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 2018 graduates who received this year’s scholarship grants are:
Stephen Grivers • A graduate of North Providence High School who resides in North Providence, Stephen is attending Bryant University to major in Data Science — potentially combined with a minor in a foreign language. His father, Peter Grivers, is employed by Vanasse Hangen Bruslin (VHB).
Alexander Iannuzzi • A Smithfield High School graduate who lives in Smithfield, Alexander is studying at Virginia Tech. He plans to pursue a general engineering course of study for the first year, followed by a concentration in Computer Science. Alexander hopes to become a commercial airline pilot. His mother, Nicole Iannuzzi, is employed by BETA Group.
Kelsey Jarvis • A graduate of Frontier Regional High School who lives in South Deerfield, MA, Kelsey is studying Biology as an undergraduate, and aspires to attend veterinary school after graduation. Her father, Todd Jarvis, is employed by All States Asphalt.
Cameron Leach • A Ponagansett High School graduate who resides in Chepachet, Cameron is attending the University of Rhode Island to undertake its six-year Doctor of Pharmacy program — which results in a Pharm.D. designation. His father, Brad Leach, is employed by Gordon R. Archibald , Inc. (GRA)
Merideth Pine • A graduate of Millbury Memorial Junior/Senior High School who also resides in Millbury, Merideth is attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT to earn a degree in Nursing. Her father, Rob Pine, is employed by Skanska USA Civil.
Jason Pisano • A Mount Saint Charles graduate who lives in Millville, MA, Jason is studying at Bryant University. He will likely major in Data Science with a minor in Business/Finance, with a special emphasis on Information and Analytics. Jason’s goal is to become a civil engineer. His father, James Pisano, is employed by Vanasse Hangen Bruslin (VHB).
Rita Stubbs • A graduate of Coventry High School who also lives in Coventry, Rita is attending St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT to study Behavioral Neuroscience. Upon graduation, she would like to pursue a career in academic research and authorship. Her father, Brian Stubbs, is employed by Barker Steel LLC.