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Boys & Girls Club Awards More Than $100,000 in College Scholarships 

Published August 2, 2021 at 2:35 p.m.

click to enlarge College students Bienfait Badibanga (left) and Tumba Felekeni (center) were awarded scholarships - CAT CUTILLO
  • Cat Cutillo
  • College students Bienfait Badibanga (left) and Tumba Felekeni (center) were awarded scholarships
Cheers and claps erupted from Burlington's Roosevelt Park on the afternoon of July 28 as 47 young adults were awarded a collective $107,000 in college scholarships.  Students, who ranged in age from 18 to 24, each received at least $2,000 during the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington’s 8th annual Early Promise Scholarship presentation.  The money came primarily from the Pomerleau Family Foundation.

Many of the scholarship recipients are immigrants and the first in their families to attend college.

“When you’re blazing a trail and you’re the first in your family doing it, it’s that much harder,” Boys & Girls Club executive director Tanya Benosky said in an interview. “To me, it’s one of the best things that’s happening in this entire state.”

Benosky said that many students were left without adequate space to complete their schoolwork when COVID-19 shut down schools and libraries and classes went virtual. The club’s “college learning lab,” which has a dozen computers as well as printers, scanners and quiet work cubbies, became a place for many of the recipients to get their work done.

“The kids we had in there were studying all day, everyday,” Benosky said.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Cat Cutillo

Cat Cutillo

Cat is a multimedia journalist for Seven Days and Kids VT. Her multimedia storytelling series Vermont Visionaries spotlights role models and people inspiring kids. The video series also appears on WCAX.


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