Thursday, May 17, 2012


MIDDLETOWN, CONN., (May 16, 2012) – The Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc., hosted its annual Scholarship Reception and presenting awards to 41 students.  All winners were selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee which reviewed completed applications and ensured all criteria was met. Students received their awards, which totaled more than $32,500 combined, at a May 11 ceremony on campus.

“The MxCC Foundation Scholarship program rewards the hard work and dedication of MxCC students with financial support to continue their education,” said Prof. Judith Felton, chairman of the Foundation Scholarship Committee.  “We greatly appreciate the generous donations made by individuals, businesses, alumni, service organizations, and charitable foundations to these different MxCC Foundation scholarships.  We dedicated our award ceremony to these donors who are the lifeline of all that we do.”  

Scholarships and recipients were:
  • The Altrusa Club International, Inc. of Central Connecticut Scholarship, awarded to Danielle Barron of Clinton
  •  The Cathryn Addy Scholarship, awarded to Jessica Accardi of Guilford
  •  The Dean Richard Muniz Family Annual Scholarship, awarded to Jonathan Nieves of Meriden
  • The Edie Fuld Annual Scholarship, awarded to Christina Deckard-Popoola of Middletown
  • The Gandhi Scholarship, awarded to Christina Deckard-Popoola and Samantha Corsini, both of Middletown
  •  The Hugh & Judith Cox Scholarship, awarded to Courtney Bugden of Westbrook and Michelle LaVoie of Hartford
  • The Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Kathryn Beebe of Enfield; Halima El Idrissi of Middletown; Marc Fortier of Moodus; Jennifer Harris of Haddam Neck; Heather O'Brien of Higganum; Sister Xinia Rodriguez of Middletown; Suriporn Sirivongsack of Northford; Jennifer Wilson of Haddam; Yu Chi Yang of Wallingford; Jessica Accardi of Guilford
  • The Lisa Massita Scholarship, awarded to Kimberly Budnick of Colchester
  • The Mayor's Scholarship for Middletown at MxCC, awarded to Shaniece Gaskins of Middletown
  • The Melvin-Zaffino Scholarship, awarded to Diana Davis of Meriden
  •  The MxCC Faculty Scholarship, awarded to Edward Bellows of Wallingford
  • The Nihla & Bob Lapidus Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Ann Fischer of Southington; Jennifer Harris of Haddam Neck; Danielle Barron of Clinton; Sister Xinia Rodriguez of Middletown; Kimberly Budnick of Colchester; Amarah Johnson of Wallingford; Nicole Aston of West Hartford; Evan Birney of Middlefield; Kayla Dacunto of Durham; Katrina Gallant-Russo of Manchester; Theresa Malone of Higganum; and Dana Thibeau of Meriden
  • The Paul L. Jones Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Katherine Cote of Rocky Hill; Agnieszka Drozdz of Middletown; Jessie Erskine of Durham; Ann Fischer of Southington; Melanie Masterson of Meriden; Nicole Morales of Wallingford; Javearia Razzaq of Cromwell; and Elizabeth Rodriguez of New Britain
  • The Philip Wheaton Annual Scholarship, awarded to Nicole Shail of Haddam
  • The Pratt and Whitney Scholarship, awarded to Shavandalice Davis of New Britain
  • The Record-Journal Scholarship, awarded to Dawn Barrett of Meriden
  • The Rowland and Ruth Beaulieu Business Administration Scholarships awarded to Dawn Bozak of Wallingford
  •  The Susan M. Smart Memorial Scholarship awarded to Amarah Johnson of Wallingford
  • The MxCC Foundation Scholarships, awarded to Liljana Sassa of Old Lyme and Edward Bellows of Wallingford
  •  The MILE Scholarships, awarded to Kathryn Beebe of Enfield and Halima El Idrissi of Middletown
  •  The Charles & Rachel Wiltsie Scholarship, awarded to Katrina Gallant-Russo of Manchester
  •  The Jesse J. Salafia Nursing Award, awarded to Theresa Malone of Higganum  
  •  The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships awarded to Liljana Sassa of Old Lyme and Mary Tauanuu of Middletown.
“The MxCC Foundation’s Scholarship Reception continues to be one of the highlights of the academic year for our students, faculty, and donors,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC.  “This assembled group works incredibly hard throughout the year to raise funds, build awareness, and rally support for these deserving students.  I’m proud to see our community come together for this purpose.”

The Foundation awards scholarships each spring semester to qualifying students.  Full scholarship information and applications are available online at, at the Foundation Office, at the Office of Financial Aid, and at prominent locations throughout campus.  The application form lists criteria and required materials that must accompany each completed application.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College ( is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at its three locations:  the main, 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and the shoreline in Old Saybrook.  The college promotes understanding, learning, ethics, and self-discipline by encouraging critical thinking.  Current enrollment exceeds 2,875 full and part-time students, and 1,600 continuing education students.
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