Thanks to the generosity of many local business sponsors, students at the BOCES Seaway Career & Technical Education Center have received scholarships, despite the cancellation of a major Potsdam Rotary fundraising event.
The club's annual scholarship gala was cancelled this spring, due to COVID-19 guidance. However, the event's sponsors still made donations toward the scholarships.
Noel Newton of Potsdam Central School, a student in the Culinary Arts program, was selected as Rotary Student of the Year from among all of the Potsdam Rotary BOCES Student of the Month recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year. Newton received a $500 scholarship award from Rotary funded by proceeds from last year's Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament.
The following $200 business scholarship awards to the students below were made possible by donations from the businesses listed:
Allied Health: Sydney Graham of Colton Pierrepont Central School (Core Access Therapies, Dr. William Pena, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Automotive Technologies: Connor McPherson of Massena Central School (TJ Toyota, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Automotive Technologies: Preston Farnsworth of Potsdam Central School (North Country Oil Change & Repair, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Building Trades: Jeffrey Crump of Parishville- Hopkinton Central School (Waddington True Value Hardware & Building Supply, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Cosmetology: Hannah Reed of Canton Central School (Lifestyles Salon by Sara Sharlow, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Criminal Justice: Derek Weston of Potsdam Central School (SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute, Co-Sponsor $100, and Midwife Sunday, Co-Sponsor $100)
Culinary Arts: Noel Newton of Potsdam Central School (Yum Yum's Chilly Delight, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Education & Human Services: Victoria Bisnett of Canton Central School (North Country Savings Bank, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Health Careers: Desirae Malone of Parishville-Hopkinton School (Harris Medical, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
HVAC/R: Michael Bolia Jr of Massena Central School (Northern Mechanicals, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Metalworking: Remington Charleson of Massena Central School (Northern Mechanicals, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Multi Occupations:
DaShaun Burnette of Madrid-Waddington Central School (St. Lawrence Centre, Co-Sponsor $100, Northern Insuring Agency, Co-Sponsor $100)
DeShaun Burnette of Madrid-Waddington Central School (Community Bank, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Natural Resource Management: Hunter Blauvelt of Canton Central School (Thew Associates, Exclusive Sponsor $200)
Software Development & Business Design: Samantha Foster of Brasher Falls Central School (Frazer Motors, Co-Sponsor $100, Midwife Sunday, Co-Sponsor $100)