Sturbridge, MA, June 08, 2020 - The Chamber of Central Mass South is incredibly pleased to announce the winners of the Chamber Scholarships for 2020. This year, scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to two very deserving, local students upon successful completion of their first semester of college with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“With the outbreak of the pandemic occurring only days before our application deadline, this was a very unusual year for our selection process,” said Chamber Executive Director Alexandra McNitt. “Our Scholarship Committee scrambled to make it all happen via Zoom. We had many applications from across our catchment. It is incredibly heartening to see so many talented young adults making valuable contributions to our communities. As our process unfolded, two students clearly set themselves apart as leaders with bright, bright futures ahead of them.”
This year’s $1000 scholarship recipients are Anya Grondalski and Kendall Mullen, both Class of 2020 graduates of Shepherd Hill Regional High School.
Anya Grondalski, of Charlton, is an exceptional student with a glowing school transcript, and an outstanding young citizen in our community. Anya not only excels in her academics; she is also highly active in many school activities. Anya has held prominent positions such as Shepherd Hill RamTV Producer and Editor, Member of the Shepherd Hill Principal’s Advisory Council, and a Member of the Dudley-Charlton Regional Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Anya is a talented and award-winning member of the Shepherd Hill Show Choir. She was also chosen as Charlton student delegate at the Massachusetts State Convention. Throughout her high school career, Anya has volunteered her time and efforts to give back to her community by serving on or with 14 organizations including: The Charlton Board of Selectman, The Charlton Library, Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary, The Charlton Old Home Day Committee, and The Overlook Masonic Health Center. Anya takes her love of hard news with her to college in the fall to pursue her studies in broadcast communications.
Kendall Mullen, also of Charlton, is an excellent student with an innate ability to engage in a supportive way with people of all ages. Kendall has maintained a high GPA while also being active in her school, church and community activities. A member of Student Council through all of her four years of high school, Kendall brings energy and enthusiasm to all of her endeavors. Her activities include being the captain of Shepherd Hill’s Show Choir, donating countless hours as a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Church in Charlton, and raising funds for and serving at Camp Sunshine, a non-profit organization in Casco, Maine for families of children with life-threatening diseases. Kendall excels at music and is a member of The Tri-M Music Honor Society, the international music honor society for middle and high school students. She is currently employed at Zoink’s Fun Factory in Oxford. With a true passion for serving those in need, Kendall will pursue her education towards a career in social work.
The Chamber and its members are truly gratified to be able to contribute to the ongoing education and success of these exceptional young scholars and offer them heartfelt congratulations and best wishes as they embark on their journeys into higher education. The Chamber of Central Mass South typically offers $1000 scholarships to local students each year. Monies are allocated from the Chamber’s Charities and Scholarship Fund which is supported by the annual ‘Your Chance to Be a Millionaire’ lottery scratch tickets raffle, the Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic and individual contributions from Chamber Members. Scholarship applications can be obtained at local high school guidance offices or online at the Chamber website. The annual deadline to apply is April 1.