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.
Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber Scholarships are awarded to high school students attending Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Peekskill, Putnam Valley and Walter Panas High Schools. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded per school annually to high school seniors who are pursuing advanced level education.
Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability, or ethnic origin. Recipients are selected on the basis of: Academic record, leadership, participation in school & community activities, honors/awards/recognition received, work experience.
2018 HVGCC Scholarship applications are due Friday, April 20th.
Six Local High School Students Awarded
Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Scholarships
Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, Lakeland and
Walter Panas High School Students Benefit from Chamber Scholarship Program
Peekskill, NY - Six local high school students recognized for their academic achievements and community service are going off to college with with $1,000 scholarships thanks to the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce. The 2017 recipients graduated from Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, and Walter Panas High School and were presented with their awards at the Chamber's June breakfast held at the Hollowbrook Golf Club, Cortlandt Manor, NY.
“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 Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Milone.
The scholarships are funded from the generosity local businesses from the chamber's annual Tommy Bertoline Scholarship Golf Outing, held annually in September.
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. Members of the committee include: Chuck Newman, Charles J. Newman Co., Ann Brady, Civic Member, Janice Molloy, Peekskill Education Foundation, Sherry Mayo, Director, WCC Peekskill, and Lisa Montalto, Once Upon a Time Pre-School.
Honored for their academic and civic accomplishments were:
Croton-Harmon High School - Rebecca Davidson is graduating from Croton-Harmon High School and plans to major in biological sciences at Cornell University. In addition to her passion to practice human medicine, Rebecca also has a goal to work for Doctors without Borders after Medical School and has been studying Spanish and Chinese. Rebecca is involved heavily in her school and community including being the co-founder of 'Our Small Step,' a community service organization to reduce economic and cultural barriers for girls' education in developing countries, inspired by Malala Yousafzai.
Hendrick Hudson High School - Emily Sullivan is graduating from Hendrick Hudson High School and plans to major in Psychology with a pre-med track at College of the Holy Cross. In addition to her studies at Holy Cross, Emily was also recruited to swim for the school. Emily was inspired to become a doctor ever since we was diagnosed with Alopecia Totalis and has used her experience to pay it forward. In addition to swimming at Hen Hud, Emily is also involved in many school groups including the National, Math and Spanish National Honor Societies, and has volunteered for many local organizations including New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and This Is Me Foundation.
Lakeland High School - Mohamed Gewida is graduating from Lakeland High School and plans to major in Pharmaceuticals at St. Johns University. Mohamed's interest in becoming a certified Pharmacist comes from growing up in a small village in Egypt where medication was lacking. He dreams to one day cure cancer! In addition to his interest in medicine, Mohamed 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.
Peekskill High School - 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. Nia is a member of the NYS Math, Mu Alpha Theta Math, Science and National Honors Societies. She has worked back stage for multiple Drama Club productions and has volunteered many hours in the community through different organizations and especially through the Peekskill High School Interact Club. She was the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2016.
Putnam Valley High School - Zoe Leone is graduating from Putnam Valley High School and plans on majoring in environmental studies at SUNY Binghamton. Zoe hopes to learn more about food sustainability to develop and implement food systems that minimize waste without sacrificing nutritional value. Zoe stays busy on the Varsity Swim and Track teams and is the Secretary of her class. She was inducted into the National, Science National, English National, Mu Alpha Theta Math and Foreign Language Honor Societies. Zoe has volunteered a lot of time in her community and school. She received the President's Award for Educational Excellence in 2016.
Walter Panas High School - Abigayle Pusz is graduating from Walter Panas High School and will be attending SUNY Purchase. She is an artist and loves using her creativity in school. She even designed the 2017 Panas yearbook cover. She has contributed immensely to the creativity at Panas and directed multiple murals, one being a gift to the school police officer. She volunteers a lot of her time to Elementary School plays and to an artist-led Pen Pal Workshop for Middle School Students. Abigayle has won many awards for her work including the Impressionism Award and Superintendent's Award for art.