Cartus Proudly Announces 2018 Scholarship Award Winners
Posted by: Amy Meichner, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Each year, high school seniors who plan on continuing their education are overwhelmed with the college admission process. Come spring, when the letters start to arrive at their homes, a second wave of stress tends to encompass both the students and their families; how will we ever pay for this next stage of education?
The Cartus Scholarship Program is designed to alleviate some of that stress for children of Cartus employees. For over a decade, Cartus has been awarding three scholarships annually to high-performing high school seniors who have made positive impacts in their schools and communities. This year, we are pleased to have three impressive honorees who will benefit from the scholarship program.
Patrick Joyce - $2,000 award
Patrick is the son of Lillian Joyce, Financial Project Manager in the Cartus Danbury office. A four-year member of the Bethel High School Naval Junior ROTC program, Patrick rose to the leading position of Battalion Commander of the unit, commanding over 215 high school cadets. As a result, he was given the opportunity to lead 240 cadets at Basic Leadership Training at Camp Niantic in Connecticut. Additionally, Patrick held a 4.3 cumulative GPA graduating in the top 10 of his class, captained both the Cross Country and Swim teams at Bethel High, spent over ten years as an Altar Server for St. Mary's Parish in Bethel, attended Nutmeg Boy's State, went through NJROTC Leadership Academy in Newport, RI, and was a two year member of the National Honor Society. Patrick was selected as the 2018 CIAC Male Scholar-Athlete for Bethel. This coming fall, Patrick will start his freshman year at the University of South Carolina where he plans on majoring in civil engineering. Cartus is pleased to be able to help the Joyce family with Patrick's education and future.
Sean Connolly - $1,000 award
Immaculate High School senior, Sean Connolly, is the son of Andrea Connolly, Relocation Accounting-Payroll Team Analyst, located in the Danbury Cartus Office. Sean's exemplary history of academic excellence, as well as his plethora of volunteering efforts throughout the community of Danbury, are just a part of what separates Sean from other students. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club at Immaculate, member of his church youth group and campus ministry, has organized many fundraising events, works as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics for softball and track and field, is a teacher's assistant for Head Start for kindergarten children, a student ambassador and mentor, plus he has a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. The University of Scranton is lucky to have Sean enter their Computer Engineering program, and he will minor in Business/Entrepreneurism as well as run for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. We are proud to award Sean and his family a Cartus scholarship and encourage him to continue the great work he did in high school as he moves on to college.
Luis-Henrique Amaral - $1,000 award
Luis, a senior at New Milford High School and son of Luis Amaral, VP of Relocation Accounting, will be entering St John's University in Queens, New York this fall and will be a member of their Division 1 soccer team. Luis was salutatorian of his graduating class at New Milford High School, earning a 4.76 GPA, and captained the prestigious FC Westchester Academy soccer team. Every summer, Luis returns to his father's village in Portugal to visit his grandparents, where he brings soccer balls to distribute to children from destitute families in the area. For most of them, it is the first soccer ball they have ever owned, and Luis does this all with his own money. After completing an AP Computer Science class in which he received A+'s in every quarter, he will pursue a degree in computer sciences at St. John's and hopes to take his degree to make a positive impact on the world one day.
All three students have displayed an impressive array of talents and interests, and a dedication to learning and community service. We look forward to them doing great things in the future, and we are proud to support them as they take the next steps in their educational and professional careers. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!