Marking the 11th 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 55 scholarships.
This year’s awards were presented at the CIRI Annual Spring Dinner Meeting on June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-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 2022 who is the child or grandchild of a present 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 2022 graduates who received this year’s scholarship grants are:
Kaidy Carr • A graduate of Cumberland High School who resides in Cumberland, Kaidy is beginning a four-year program at University of Rhode Island in Civil Engineering. Hoping to incorporate a minor in environmental sciences, her goal is to help better society, the environment and the world through innovative advancements. Kaidy’s father, Joshua Carr, is employed by Narragansett Improvement Company.
Aidan Kennedy • A graduate of Weymouth High School, Aidan resides in South Weymouth, MA. Beginning a four-year BS program at Michigan State in Business Administration with a major in marketing, Aiden plans to minor in Sports Business Management and hopes to earn an MS directly following. His father, Brian Kennedy, is employed by Harris Rebar.
Ryan Kennedy • Brother of Aidan Kennedy, Ryan also graduated from Weymouth High School and resides in South Weymouth. He is beginning a 4-year BS program in Business Administration at Liberty University with a major in Marketing: Sales Management and Professional Selling. Ryan hopes to work at a large, fast-paced global company in New England and to eventually start his own business. His father, Brian Kennedy, is employed by Harris Rebar.
Mia Lewandowski • A Stonington High School graduate who resides in Stonington, CT, Mia is currently deciding between Boston College and Northeastern University — and also deciding between the concentrations of Neuroscience and Public Health. Her goal is to work in the healthcare industry as a doctor, administrator or public health specialist. Mia’s father, Robert Lewandowski, is employed by Manafort Brothers Incorporated.
Jack McLoughlin • A graduate of North Attleboro High School who resides in North Attleboro, Jack hopes to become a veterinarian. He is embarking on a course of study in Animal Science at UMass Amherst with a pre-veterinary track focusing on biology and chemistry. Jack’s father, Joseph McLoughlin II, is employed by BETA Group.
Ryan Shute • A graduate of Bishop Feehan High School who lives in North Attleboro, MA, Ryan is headed to Davidson College for a pre-med course of study with a major in Neuroscience. He hopes to proceed to medical school for post-graduate studies to become a psychiatrist specializing in children and adolescents. Ryan’s father, Matthew Shute, is employed by BETA Group.