For Immediate Release
Contact: Cindy Renzo
Williamsburg, Virginia (Wednesday June 24, 2015) - Today the James Maloney Foundation, a non-profit organization established in honor of the late founder of the Williamsburg Pottery, Jimmy Maloney, awarded five high school seniors from the Williamsburg area with college scholarships. Each recipient received $2,500 to use towards their college education.
The Maloney Scholarships are awarded to students from the four area high schools based on their academic merit and achievements, demonstrated character, and financial need. Up to two students at each school are chosen yearly by a Selection Committee consisting of the Board of Directors of the James Maloney Foundation. The honorees are selected on a non-discriminatory basis and must meet all of the guidelines to be awarded the scholarship.
The winners of the 2015 James Maloney Scholarships are:
• Allison Pratt - Bruton High School
Allison graduated from Bruton High School this spring and is already on her way to Oklahoma State University where she will attend a summer program and begin her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Allison participated in many volunteer community service programs throughout her high school years. She was on the Principal's Honor Roll and the Superintendent's High Honor Roll, has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Honors, and is the recipient of an Athletic and Academic Achievement Award.
• Andrew Cadwell - Bruton High School
Andrew graduated from Bruton High School this spring having participated in a multitude of school and community activities including Boy Scouts, soccer, indoor track & field, and cross country. Andrew volunteered at the Heritage Humane Society in Williamsburg for 2 years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, was treasurer of the Hosa-Future Health Professionals, received recognition as Bruton's Most Outstanding Biology Student, and is an AP US history and math student. Andrew will attend the University of Virginia, majoring in biology.
• Jared Ende - Jamestown High School
Jared graduated from Jamestown High School this year and is headed to the University of Virginia to study History and Government. In order to prepare for his college course work, Jared has been involved in the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Student 2 Student, and the Rho Kappa Honor Society.
• Reagan Gillette - Jamestown High School
After graduating from Jamestown High School, Reagan will attend George Mason University to study electrical engineering. Reagan has been active in youth ministry, Boy Scouts, and the Colonial Italian American Organization. He served as a lector at mass and a teen youth leader and is a member of the National Honor Society. Reagan has received many honors and awards including a Jamestown Athletic Scholar Award, Outstanding High School Achievement Scholarship from the Knights of Columbus, and membership in the Tri-Music Honor Society. In 2013 Reagan was recognized as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Knights of Columbus.
• Yasmeen Coan - Lafayette High School
Yasmeen graduated from Lafayette High School where she was captain of the Forensics Team, a member of the National Honor Society, and the winner of an AP Scholar Award. She participated in DECA Club, Youth Advisory Council, and choir. Yasmeen worked in the fast food service industry throughout high school and is excited to attend Virginia Tech this fall.
The James Maloney Foundation was founded by Kim Maloney, widow of Jimmy, to carry on his legacy of community involvement and support. The Foundation thanks customers of the Williamsburg Pottery and would like to remind them that 1% of the money they spend at the Pottery is donated back to the community through the Maloney Foundation.
A private reception was held for these students and their families on June 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Williamsburg Pottery to celebrate their accomplishments.
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