On Saturday May 18th Carla Cosenzi, President of TommyCar Auto Group - presented Tom Cosenzi Scholarships to three Western Mass High School Seniors. This is the third consecutive year; TommyCar Auto has offered scholarships to graduating high school students who plan to attend a two-year or four-year College, University, or Trade School. The fund is open to four designated schools that are located in the communities where the Auto Group has dealerships.
The Tom Cosenzi Scholarship looks to serve well-rounded individuals who exhibit a strong academic background, leadership skills, and a willingness to give back. Students applying for the scholarship were required to submit a one-page-minimum essay describing why they are deserving of the award and what their future plans include. Many also included academic transcripts, resumes of sports, clubs, and volunteer/community involvement, as well as letters of recommendation from teachers, guidance counselors and principals.
Three recipients were chosen this year, and they and their families attended a presentation breakfast at Cosenzi's Country Nissan dealership in Hadley, where they met with Carla and were awarded their $1,000 scholarships. Northampton High, one of the designated schools in the program, did not submit any applications this year.
Receiving 2013 Tom Cosenzi Scholarships are Avery Klepacki of Hopkins Academy in Hadley, Jocelyn Adorno of Greenfield High School, and Liana Montiverdi of Shepherd Hill Regional High School. All have strong academic records and a history of volunteerism and community involvement.
Avery plans to pursue a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from UMASS, and then go on to become a Certified Nurse Midwife, focusing on underserved communities where expectant mothers who are most in need, do not always have access to prenatal care. Jocelyn possesses a strong ability to overcome hardships, and her positive attitude and determination should serve her well as she moves forward with the goal of pursuing a degree in engineering. Liana is very active in school, music, and her community. She plans to attend Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
"We had many deserving applicants this year, " Cosenzi said, "and we are so pleased to be able to support this group of ambitious young women as they move forward with their goals. That is what the Tom Cosenzi Scholarship Program is all about."