The Men’s Group of West Parish Church in Andover presented nine $500 scholarships to recent high school graduates who are outstanding members of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
The funds for the scholarships were raised through several Ham & Bean Dinners hosted by the West Parish Men’s Group for the local community. Rhandy Audate, Lawrence Boys and Girls Club assistant director of education, attended the service to highlight the importance of the Boys and Girls Club’s volunteers who help serve the 500 children who attend the program every day. The West Parish volunteers were Kelley Mahoney, Kim Glesmann and Jon Glesmann.
The nine recipients of this year’s WPC Men’s Group Scholarships are:
Jose Casado, a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence where he has been on the honor roll. He is the 2014 Lawrence Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. He will attend Fitchburg State University in the fall to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
Edward Garcia, a graduate of Central Catholic High School who played football and participated in track and field. He will attend Umass-Dartmouth to pursue an engineering degree.
Julia Hernandez, a Central Catholic graduate and recipient of the 2014 Lawrence Exchange Club A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) award. She will attend Newbury College to pursue a degree in psychology.
Amalia Little, a graduate of Central Catholic who was involved with band all four years. She will attend Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and major in engineering and eventually chemical engineering.
Erick Maldonado, a graduate of Central Catholic High School where he won the 2013 New England Theater competition for costume design and set design. He will attend UMass Dartmouth to major in art
Stanley Martinez, a graduate of Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover with a concentration in marketing where he received the Lawrence and New England Regional Exchange Club A.C.E. awards and now is competing for the National A.C.E. award. He will attend UMass Dartmouth to major in psychology.