2023 Henry J. Sherlock Scholarships awarded.

CIRI provides six students with grants toward college studies.

Marking the 12th 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 61 scholarships.

This year’s awards were presented at the CIRI Annual Spring Dinner Meeting on June 1 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.

Attending the CIRI Spring Dinner to receive their
awards were Nathan Fortier and James O’Connor.

Any senior high school student graduating in 2023 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 2023 graduates who received this year’s scholarship grants are:

Sofia Bostock  •  A graduate of North Attleboro High School who resides in North Attleboro, Sofia is beginning a four-year program at Fairfield University in biology. She hopes to become a physical therapist or a physician’s assistant. Sofia’s father, Jeffrey Bostock, is employed by Aetna Bridge Company.

Isabella Bruno  •  A graduate of St. John Paul II School in Hyannis, Isabella resides in Bourne, MA. Beginning a four-year BS program at Fairfield University, Isabella is a biology major on a pre-medical track. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend med school to become a dermatologist. Her father, Nicholas Bruno, is employed by Barletta Heavy Division.

Nathan Fortier  •  A graduate of Cumberland High School, Nathan resides in Cumberland. He is beginning a four-year GDS BS program at New England Tech: an advanced course of study in game development, simulation programming and implementation. His father, Gary Fortier, is employed by GM2 Associates, Inc.

Ava Morin  •  A Ponagansett High School graduate who resides in Coventry, Ava is beginning a four-year course of study in visual communication design at the University of Hartford. She is looking to enter the graphic design field while also implementing her photography skills. Ava’s father, Steven Morin, is employed by Cardi Corp.

James O’Connor  •  A graduate of South Kingstown High School who resides in Wakefield, James is beginning a four-year program at Syracuse University to earn a BS in civil engineering. He is looking to join the workforce immediately after graduation as a civil engineer. James’ father, Scott O’Connor, is employed by JH Lynch & Sons.

Morgan Rainville  •  A graduate of Burrillville High School who lives in Burrillville, Morgan is beginning a four-year program at Worcester State University to become a registered nurse, while also completing a minor in forensic science. Her goal is to work as an RN in a hospital trauma or psychiatric unit. Morgan’s father, Richard Rainville, is employed by Milton CAT.

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