Six local high school students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce at its June breakfast.
The 2017 recipients graduated from Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, and Walter Panas High School.
“We are so proud of our scholarship honorees this year. Each is gifted with unique talents, stunning accomplishments, and bright futures. The business community wishes them well, and hope that some day they will return to our community as contributing members of society,” said Deb Milone, Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
The scholarships are funded from the annual Tommy Bertoline Scholarship Golf Outing in September.
Rebecca Davidson is graduating from Croton-Harmon High School and plans to major in biological sciences at Cornell University. Davidson's goal is to work for Doctors without Borders after medical school. Davidson was the co-founder of 'Our Small Step,' a community service organization to reduce economic and cultural barriers for girls' education in developing countries.
Emily Sullivan is graduating from Hendrick Hudson High School and plans to major in psychology with a pre-med track at Holy Cross. Sullivan will also be swimming at Holy Cross. Sullivan was inspired to become a doctor ever since we was diagnosed with alopecia. Sullivan is also involved in many school groups and has volunteered for many local organizations.
Mohamed Gewida is graduating from Lakeland High School and plans to major in pharmaceuticals at St. Johns University. Gewida's interest in becoming a certified pharmacist comes from growing up in a small village in Egypt where medication was lacking. Gewida has been an avid volunteer in his community and completed over 500 hours of community service at the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center. He has also played for the Lakeland tennis team and is on the National and Math Honor Societies.
Nia Robinson is graduating as the salutatorian at Peekskill High School and plans to study constitutional law, Africana studies, and social justice at NYU with the goal of becoming a lawyer to help others.Robison is a member of several groups and has worked backstage for multiple drama club productions and has volunteered many hours in the community. She was the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2016.
Zoe Leone is graduating from Putnam Valley High School and plans on majoring in environmental studies at SUNY Binghamton. Leone hopes to learn more about food sustainability to develop and implement food systems that minimize waste without sacrificing nutritional value. Leone volunteers for numerous organizations and received the President's Award for Educational Excellence in 2016.
Abigayle Pusz is graduating from Walter Panas High School and will be attending SUNY Purchase. She is an artist, designing the 2017 Panas yearbook cover. Pusz volunteers at the elementary school plays and led a pen pal workshop for middle school students.