The Tommy Bertoline Scholarship Golf Outing was established as a fundraiser to support the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. The event is named after Tommy Bertoline, a past board member of the Chamber and the golf committee member, who dedicated his life to the community and to youth sports. In Tommy’s memory and with your generosity we are able to support the dreams of graduating seniors from six area high schools and make an annual donation to the Tommy Bertoline Memorial Foundation.
Six Local High School Students Awarded Hudson Valley Gateway
Chamber of Commerce Scholarships
Peekskill, NY - Local Hudson Valley business leaders recognizes six local high school students recently for their academic achievements and community service and presented each with $1,000 scholarships at the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship Breakfast Held at the Hollow Brook Golf Course in Cortlandt Manor, NY recently.
"This is my favorite chamber initiative where we get to recognize the future leaders of tomorrow and help to further their educational dreams. After meeting our scholarship honorees, I get a renewed sense of just how lucky we are to have students like these in our own community. Whether they pledge to find a cure for cancer or decide to run their own business, I hope they give back to their community as well,” said Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Milone.
Scholarship recipients are chosen on the basis of academics, leadership skills, extracurricular community volunteering, awards or merits, and work experience. Awards are determined by the chamber scholarship committee on a non-discriminatory basis.
The high school students receiving scholarships are graduating from Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, and Walter Panas High Schools. Family members watched proudly as their students were introduced to attendees and presented with their awards.
Honored for their academic and civic accomplishments were:
Marissa Lewis from Croton Harmon High School was the recipient of one of the scholarships. Lewis is a brilliant student already on her way to making the world a better place. Lewis has been influenced to study molecular and cellular biology by her brother who has suffered from Down Syndrome. She would like to rid the world of health complications such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and of course Down Syndrome. She looks forward to attending Johns Hopkins this fall and will be pursuing a career to work in the field of tissue engineering.
Christina Markopoulos, Walter Panas High School. Markopoulos’ future aspirations in becoming a neurologist is deeply rooted in years of watching her sister Gabriella suffer from learning disabilities. During her time at Walter Panas High School, Markopoulous was involved in her school’s science research program and has performed her own scientific study on 648 teenagers in regards to how non-disabled high school students perceive people with learning disabilities. Christina intends to study biology at the University of Miami this fall.
Aria Paradkar, Lakeland High School. Paradkar feels that music can be combined with other aspects of life to benefit others. She has sung and played piano and violin as a volunteer musical therapist at the Cedar Manor Nursing Home for the past two years. Paradker’s science research project of creating a music recommendation app based on mood sensing gave her the impetus to study programming. She founded the Lakeland High School Coding Club which has thrived; membership has quintupled, members have won first prize at an app developing competition, and the club has played host to guest speakers from Google and Cornell University. Paradkar is graduating a year early and will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in pursuit of a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Rebecca Au, Peekskill High School. Au is a dedicated student at Peekskill High School; throughout her four years she has managed to maintain a 95 GPA. She has been involved in several organizations including: National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Student Government, Student Council, and Interact Club. Au hopes to find the cure for cancer and looks forward to receiving her PhD in biology along with studying political science. She will be attending Stony Brook University this fall to pursue her career in Oncology.
Aidan Dowling, Hendrick Hudson High School. Dowling is a student with many passions: science, government, and business. Not only is Dowling dedicated in the world of academia and graduating with a GPA of 97, but he is also dedicated to volunteering and extracurricular activities. He has played on several sports teams in high school such as: soccer, tennis, and basketball; he also was involved in Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, Senior Stock Market Club, as well being a Peer Leader. He looks forward to beginning his path to a promising career at Binghamton University with a dual major, B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law.
Brendan Matthews, Putnam Valley High School. Matthews has always been very goal oriented, during his sophomore year of high school he set his aspirations to be accepted into Rice University — he has since then achieved that goal. He has always been a stellar student when it has come to the sciences, so that is where he set his new goal: to graduate with a PhD from Rice University in Astrophysics. He wishes to uncover some of the many mysteries there are to be uncovered about the universe. After starting classes at Rice University this fall, Matthews hopes to one day work for NASA as an Astrophysicist and work on projects such as their first manned mission to Mars.