Marking the ninth year of its scholarship program, CIRI has awarded $3,500 to each of six students to apply to their college studies. Since its inception in 2011, the program has awarded a total of 43 scholarships.
This year’s awards were presented at the CIRI Annual Spring Dinner Meeting on May 22 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 2019 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 2019 graduates who received this year’s scholarship grants are:
Julia Aguiar • A graduate of Somerset Berkley Regional High School who resides in Berkley, MA, Julia will major in biology on a pre-medical track at Providence College. She intends to continue on to med school to become an orthopedic surgeon. Her father, Steven Aguiar, is employed by Aetna Bridge Company.
Megan Cronin • An East Greenwich High School graduate who lives in East Greenwich, Megan will attend Loyola University in Maryland. She will pursue a teaching degree in secondary education with a focus in math. Megan’s father, Chris Cronin, is employed by BETA Group.
Elizabeth Huang • A graduate of Amherst Regional High School who lives in Amherst, MA, Elizabeth will major in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. After completing her undergraduate studies, she will work toward becoming a certified educator. Her mother, Chifan Juang, is employed by All States Asphalt.
Mae McLoughlin • A North Attleboro High School graduate who resides in North Attleboro, Mae will attend the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst to study biology. Her goal is to continue on to medical school after undergraduate studies to become a dermatologist. Mae’s father, Joseph McLoughlin, is employed by BETA Group.
Megan Minkel • A graduate of Attica High School who also resides in Attica NY, Megan will attend D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. After earning a degree in occupational therapy at D’Youville, she plans to work in either a veterans’ hospital or a group home setting for developmentally disabled adults. Her father, Lance Minkel, is employed by Southworth Milton CAT.
Justin Paoloni • A Stonington High School graduate who lives in Pawcatuck, CT, Justin will attend the University of Connecticut to study biochemistry. After UConn, he plans to move on to post-graduate studies to become a biochemist, environmental scientist or a doctor. His father, Justin Paoloni, is employed by Cardi Corporation.