2012 NEWFDA Scholars

NEWFDA SCHOLARSHIP POSTERThe NorthEast Wholesale Food Distributors Association annually awards scholarships to students of NEWFDA members, encouraging them to continue to pursue their higher education. Funded by proceeds from the NEWFDA Annual Convention and Golf Outing, in addition to the generous donations of our members, NEWFDA is able to offer these scholarships.

We had over two hundred applicants in 2012, many of whom were excellent candidates.  We thank those who submitted applications, and encourage those who were not selected to apply next year.

On behalf of the NEWFDA Board of Directors and staff, we congratulate the recipients and wish them the best of luck in their studies.

Congratulations to the following 2012 recipients:

Jacilyn Briggs, C & S Wholesale Grocers
A recent graduate of Keene High School, Jacilyn is now studying Health Science and Medicine at Northeastern University. Jacilyn has been very active in charitable organizations which help those with medical challenges, and she looks forward to becoming a doctor.

Brian Westerlind, C & S Wholesale Grocers
A senior at Emmanuel College majoring in English Communications, Brian has served as an Instructional Assistant, Writing Fellow, and Research Assistance. Brian looks forward to graduating, and pursuing a job in advertising or public relations.

Meghan Rooney, Crossmark
Meghan founded her own company in her teens, making and marketing her own original jewelry. She is now a double-major at Bentley College, specializing in both International Finance, and Management.

Emily Pastore, Pepsico
A recent high school graduate with honors, Emily is attending Union College with a major in Classics. Emily is also a dancer in an elite dancing troupe, the Spa City Swingers, as well as a very talented guitarist and singer.

Christina Pastore, Pepsico
Christina is a recent graduate from Ballston Spa High School with honors. Performing with a swing dance troupe, she was also president of her dance club in high school. Christina enjoys singing and writing, and is considering publishing one of her novels.

Justine LaTour, Imperial Distributors
Justine recently graduated from Auburn High school with several honors and awards. Justine is now attending Worcester State University and pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

Melissa LaCoste, Kellogg’s
A member of the National Honors Society while at Bishop Guertin High School, Melissa managed to balance sports and volunteering with her academic studies. Melissa looks forward to continuing her active lifestyle while attending The College of The Holy Cross, majoring in Marketing.

Teresa Houck, McCormick
Teresa spends much of her time volunteering at her local hospital’s emergency room, while also earning Honors distinction at Rutgers University. Teresa is working towards a degree in Nursing, and looks forward to continuing her education after she receives her undergraduate degree.

Tim Walsh, Johnson O’Hare
A senior at the University of Maryland, Tim has been majoring in both Physiology and Neurobiology. Tim plans to pursue a Doctor of Medicine degree immediately following his undergraduate work, and will become a physician.

Andrea West, Advantage Sales & Marketing
Currently working on her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Endicott College, Andrea divides her time between being captain of the Endicott Dance Team, achieving high honors as part of the Academic Excellence Program, and working as a counselor at the Boys and Girls Club.

Andrew Sellner, Adirondack Beverages
Achieving Cadet Colonel rank at Christian Brothers Academy, a JROTC Institution, Andrew now attends the University of North Dakota, and looks forward to studying to be an Air Traffic Controller.

Joshua Shulman, Bozzuto’s
In 2011, Joshua was elected to his local Board of Education, making him the youngest in the town’s history. Currently an Honors Scholar at the University of Connecticut, Joshua is studying for his degree in Law.