Seventy-seven MxCC Students Receive Scholarships

May 6, 2011 – The Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc., hosted its annual Scholarship Reception and presented 28 different awards to 77 students. All winners were selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee which reviewed completed applications and ensured all criteria was met. Students received their awards, which totaled more than $40,000 combined, at a May 6 ceremony on campus.

“We are pleased to offer very important support to these fine deserving students,” said Roger Brewer, chair of the Foundation Scholarship Committee. “I am moved by their qualifications, their personal stories and their hopes for the future. I am also grateful for the generosity of the donors who make these scholarships possible.”

Scholarships and recipients were:

The Altrusa Club International, Inc. of Central Connecticut Scholarship, awarded to Paula Carabetta of Meriden
The Chuck & Rachel Wiltsie Scholarship, awarded to Amanda L. Burgess of Meriden
The Dean James & Dr. Marjorie Rundle Humanities Scholarship, awarded to Joseph C. Nolet of Higganum
The Dr. Jeff & Sonya Madoff Scholarship in honor of Thomas Melbert, awarded to Heather L. Eng of Middletown
The Edie Fuld Annual Scholarship, awarded to Steven W. Johnson of Waterbury
The Gandhi Scholarship, awarded to Halima El idrissi and Susan M. Van Ness, both of Middletown
The Hartford Courant Scholarship, awarded to Jaelyn J. Kateches of Middletown
The Hugh & Judith Cox Scholarship, awarded to Caitlin A. Ogilvie of East Haddam, and Jamie L. Blair of Middlefield
The James Shapiro Scholarship, awarded to Robert W. Harrison of Middletown
The Jesse J. Salafia Nursing Award, awarded to Rosemond A. Agyei of Middletown
The Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Charles T. Csere of Colchester; Heroline T. Lee II of Cromwell; Daniel L. Briggs of East Haddam; Bobi Alim, Letisha L. Matias, Amber M. McBurney and Kataisha L. McCree, all of Meriden; Izabela I. Wiktor-Yachaina of Middletown, Erica J. Celso of New Haven; and Amber R. Hirsch of Newington.
The Lisa Massita Scholarship, awarded to Amie C. Northam of Cromwell
The Maxine L. Thumim Scholarship, awarded to Bennett E. Nocera of Middletown
The Mayor’s Scholarship for Middletown at MxCC, awarded to Susan N. Manemeit of Meriden
The Melvin-Zaffino Scholarship, awarded to Jaye L. Bennett, of East Haddam
The MILE Scholarships, awarded to David K. Lynch of Middlefield; Liljana Sassa of Old Lyme, and Hayriye N. Roark of Rocky Hill.
The Muniz Scholarship, awarded to Gloryann G. Borrero of Meriden
The MxCC Faculty Scholarship, awarded to Elena Sadovnic of Durham
The MxCC Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Christina M. Pizzagalli of Madison; Lakiesha A. Brissett of Meriden; Krzsyztof W. Pawlikowski of Middletown; Sonia Pinto Merchan of New Haven; Jennifer A. Smith of Old Saybrook; Michelle Lacourse of Suffield; James R. Branca and Benjamin G. Vessichio both of Wallingford; and Brian M. Stiles of Westbrook.
The Nihla & Bob Lapidus Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Britney A. Beaulieu and Alycia N. Segarra both of Cromwell; Tabatha R. Merrill of Durham; Peter C. Woolard of Haddam; Katrina A. Gallant-Russo of Manchester; Diana M. Davis, Yajahira I. Delgado, Marcella L. Massaro, Jean M. Miller-Reed, and Erzana Prevalla all of Meriden; Leeanne Deleon of Middletown; and P. Garrison of Old Lyme.
The Paul L. Jones Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Amanda Keiffer of Avon; Lauren M. Kaiser of Cromwell; Kimberly M. Robinson of Deep River; Regan M. McDonald of Kensington; Davina A. Miller of Killingworth; Carlos A. Cardona and Nancy G. Riley both of Meriden; Tanya M. Cretella and Enzo F. Futia both of Middletown; Gregory L. Paturzo of North Haven; Dorothy D. Paine of Old Lyme; Pamela Lancaster of S. Meriden; Ashley E. Cotrona, Jonathan R. Croce and Elizabeth M. Kuta all of Wallingford; and Sarah A. Zajac of Windsor.
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships awarded to Reuben Ruppert of Farmington and Amy J. Parent of Windsor
The Philip Wheaton Annual Scholarship, awarded to Steven M. Kovach of Middletown
The Record-Journal Scholarship, awarded to Papa Yaw Ntorinkansah of Meriden
The Robert A. Chapman Annual Scholarship, awarded to Amy S. Beckwith of Canterbury
The Rotary Club of Middletown Scholarship, awarded to Sam K. Chichester of Middletown
The Rowland and Ruth Beaulieu Business Administration Scholarships awarded to Ryan Czesak and Audrey L. LaRosa both of Middletown.
The Susan M. Smart Memorial Scholarship awarded to Joel F. Bennett of East Haddam
“It is such a pleasure to see the tremendous dedication and hard work of our students rewarded with financial support from our community,” Dr. Jonathan M. Daube, president of MxCC, said. “The MxCC Foundation’s Scholarship Reception is one of the highlights of the academic year for our students, faculty, and donors. We all believe that finances should never be a barrier to advancement, and these scholarships.”

The Foundation awards scholarships each spring semester to qualifying students. Full scholarship information and applications are available online at, at the Foundation Office, at the Office of Financial Aid, and at prominent locations throughout campus. The application form lists criteria and required materials that must accompany each completed application.