For 2017 WSBA Entrepreneur Scholarship information- go to WSBA Entrepreneur Scholarship 2017 under “community” heading.
2016 WSBA Scholarship Winners:
It was a tough decision, but the Western Slopes Business Association’s Scholarship committee selected two exemplary MMU graduating seniors for this year’s WSBA Entrepreneur Scholarships. Richmond’s Maeve Poleman and Brian Rosmus were given a certificate and a check for further education of $1,500 each at the MMU Awards Night on June 7th. WSBA board members Cindy Feloney and Angelike Contis presented the awards, lauding valedictorian Poleman’s work as a volunteer gardener and the creator of a nature camp. WSBA applauded her philanthropic goals and creative thinking alike. Rosmus impressed the committee with his volunteer time with senior citizens and his synergy of scientific thinking and photographic creativity. WSBA wishes them and the entire MMU class of 2016 luck in their future endeavors.
2015 WSBA Scholarship Winners:
On June 9 the Western Slopes Business Association was proud to give two $1500 scholarships to Mt Mansfield Union High School seniors Molly Larson of Underhill,and Ross Cooper of Richmond.
Molly graduated magna cum laude from MMU and plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design to study multiple disciplines involving art. The scholarship judges were impressed with for the impressive breadth of her accomplishments – in areas ranging from piano to skiing- and her ability to put creative, entrepreneurial ideas into action in order to benefit others. Molly ended her high school athletic career by winning the state title in Nordic skiing and more recently in the pole vault. And is currently training her second guiding eye dog.
Ross plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder next fall to work toward his professional goals. The judges noticed an obvious passion for Ross to blend his work, school, and entrepreneurial interests. While juggling the requirements of AP classes and a 30 hour work week, he found time to constructively foster a new idea and grow from the experience. At MMU, Ross and a friend introduced a tasty snack product into the school cafeteria, learning, hands-on, about how to increase profit margins.
The Scholarship screening committee was impressed with the strength and diversity of the applications this year, as we are every year. One of the judges, a long time business owner commented, “I am continually impressed with the depth of character, intelligence and generosity these gifted young adults possess. Thank you to all of the applicants for participating. You are indeed special individuals. To our Scholarship winners, I’m sure you will continue to strive and move forward. Please remember that not all accomplishments are measured in “winning” but in knowing in your heart you have given it your all. Physical exhaustion and a smile across your face will be the biggest reward.”
WSBA’s scholarships are possible due to the generosity of businesses and individuals who support our Silent Auction during our Holiday Market. Thank you for your support.
Early in June WSBA Scholarship committee gave out two $1500 scholarships to Mt Mansfield Union High School seniors Thomas Couture of Huntington, and Wilder Picotte of Underhill. Thomas will be attending Clarkson University to study mechanical engineering in the fall. Thomas hopes to be the man to bring hydrogen fuel cells back to the forefront of the automotive world. A high academic achiever Thomas has spent
time volunteering at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He balances that work with time in MMU theatre program and playing in a rock band.
Wilder plans to attend Montana State University to study Civil Engineering. Another strong student, Wilder is most proud of his founding of a program called
Boys on Bikes at Underhill Central School. The program is for third and fourth grade boys and teaches them mechanics, riding skills, and introduces them to a life long sport. The program has lead Wilder into an interest in designing and constructing bike trails for the boys. Besides his passion for biking Wilder skied on the MMU Nordic team and was selected to VT’s All State Team. He also volunteers for Special Olympics.
The Scholarship screening committee was impressed with the strength and diversity of the applications this year, as we are every year. WSBA’s scholarships are possible due to the generosity of businesses and individuals who support our Silent Auction during our Holiday Market. Thank you for your support.
Wilder and his sister Lydia at his graduation.