The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the “Merit scholarship for 2014. Melinda Tripp and Andrew Ronan have each been awarded a $650.00 scholarship for their academic and civil excellence.
Melinda is a graduate of the Westport High School class of 2014. She is the daughter of Scott and Amy Tripp of Westport MA. While Melinda excelled academically throughout her high school years, she also applied her time and talents volunteering in her community. While maintaining her 4.1 GPA and graduating 10th in her class, she was student council president, student liaison to the school committee and senior class presidents this past year. In her community she helped teach tennis summer camps, volunteered at the Schwartz Center For Children and was president of S.T.E.E.L. (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Citizenship). Melinda will be attending Salve Regina University to pursue an education in Elementary and Special Education. As an advocate for a healthy Westport River, which she enjoyed throughout her youth, she looks forward to sharing the importance of protecting the marine culture of the Westport River with her future students.
Andrew Ronan is a graduate of the Bristol County Agricultural High School. The Son of Elizabeth and David Ronan of Westport. Andrew was an excellent student academically and an outstanding volunteer in his community. Throughout his high school years, Andrew was a 4 year honor roll student, state rosette winner, two time academic award winner and a vocational wrestling state champion. While he was an active member of his high school volunteering as a youth cabinet member of faith congressional district of MA and being a senior advisor, he also volunteer at the boys and girls club. Andrew is planning on attending Paul Smiths College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. He will major in Parks Recreation and Management along with Arboriculture and Business. Andrew is excited to pursue his passion of working to preserve trees which he believes, “like our river and the surrounding watershed areas are interconnected and a critical resource”.
The WFA would like to extend their congratulations to these 2 deserving graduating High School Seniors and wish them much success in their futures.
The Directors and Officers of the WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who contribute to our scholarship fund throughout the year .Your donations make possible our efforts to offer scholarships for higher education.