Cody Simoneau of Claremont is one of seven students from across NH awarded a one-year full tuition scholarship to a NH community college through the new Bonnie Newman Endowed Scholarship Program established by the Community College System of NH (CCSNH). The students, Class of 2014 graduates from NH high schools across the state, were selected based on demonstrated leadership potential through academic achievement, public service and career aspirations. Each is pursuing a program of study in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline. Cody, a graduate of Stevens High School, is enrolled in the Engineering Program at River Valley Community College.
Bonnie Newman is well-known in New Hampshire as a leader in higher education and public service. She served as Interim Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, Interim President of the University of New Hampshire, Executive Dean of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a director of the Lumina Foundation. She served as Assistant to the President of the United States and was chief of staff for Judd Gregg when he served in the US House of Representatives. Throughout her life, Newman has made education a central focus.
The fund was launched in 2013 by The Honorable Judd and Kathy Gregg and the Honorable John and Dr. Susan Lynch in honor of Newman’s commitment to leadership, education and public service. Paul and Anna Grace Holloway of Rye, NH, worked with Newman and CCSNH to establish the fund. “I am so proud to be among a group of donors who are supporting bright, motivated New Hampshire students as they grow into leaders with the ability to transform their communities and state,” said Anna Grace Holloway.
This year’s recipients hail from Berlin, Milford, Rochester, Claremont, Concord, Laconia and Manchester. Ross Gittell, chancellor of the community college system of NH, said the fund will help educate the next generation of leaders across New Hampshire and that it supports CCSNH’s ongoing focus on college access and affordability. In addition to the scholarship itself, Newman Scholars will have opportunities to participate in leadership development activities throughout the academic year.
“I can think of no better investment in the future of our state than to support New Hampshire students who aspire to academic excellence and public service,” said Newman. “I believe New Hampshire’s community colleges provide unmatched opportunities for NH residents to receive a quality education that translates into a higher degree of economic and civic participation.”
The 2014 Newman Scholars:
Morgan MacKenzie, Concord High School graduate, attending NHTI, Concord’s Community College (Robotics Engineering)
Dylan Martel, Laconia High School graduate, attending Lakes Region Community College (Fire Science)
Elias Roussos, Spaulding High School graduate, attending Great Bay Community College (Software Development)
Cody Simoneau, Stevens High School graduate, attending River Valley Community College (Engineering)
Jonathan Lam, Berlin High School graduate, attending White Mountains Community College (Welding)
Jennifer Kehler, Manchester Memorial High School graduate, attending Manchester Community College (Nursing)
Sarah Gibson, Milford High School graduate, attending Nashua Community College (Nursing)
Individuals or businesses wishing to become a supporter of the Bonnie Newman Endowed Scholarship Fund may call the Community Colleges of NH Foundation at 603-230-3560 or go to www.ccsnh.edu/Newmanfund .
The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation is a 501(c)(3) with a mission of providing greater access to educational opportunities through financial assistance for student scholarships, program development and enhancements to college facilities.
About CCSNH: The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs aligned with economic needs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Littleton.