2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
HERE ARE THE WINNING NAMES
OF THOSE GOING ONTO COLLEGE:
We have another great bunch of Grads! Talented, diverse, smart and what great stories! Enjoy their bios below.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
(Those going into High School)
“Hi, my name is Paige Holfester and I am so thankful to receive the Jill Mauer-Campbell Memorial Scholarship. I am currently a senior at Northport High School. I am a member of the National, World Language and Dance Honor Societies. I have also been a member of my school’s Tigerette Dance Team all four years of high school. I have been dancing since the age of three and competing both regionally and nationally since the age of ten. In the fall I will be attending the University of Rhode Island where I will be majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. Thank you so much to the FDNY Steuben Association for honoring me with this generous scholarship, I truly appreciate it. I’d also like to thank my dad BC John Holfester as well as my grandfather and uncle who have all worked so hard for the FDNY.”
"My name is Thomas Franz, and I am a graduating senior from Mineola High School. I would like to thank the FDNY Steuben Society for the great honor of receiving the 9-11 Memorial Scholarship. I am a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Mineola Junior Fire Department. I am also a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 45 currently working on my Eagle project. My plan for September is to begin my college career at Nassau Community College and to also join the ranks of the Mineola Fire Department alongside my father, grandfather, and brothers. Thank you again for this award and to my father Chris Franz (E250) for sponsoring me."
"Hello, my name is Joseph Westhoff and I am a senior at Xavier High School. I am so grateful to receive the Gerard S. Carmosin Memorial Scholarship. I am using this scholarship to help fund my education at Fairfield University so that I can study computer science. Throughout my time in high school, I’ve been a part of many clubs, the most impactful being the drama club where I met many of my closest friends. I’ve also been given the opportunity to participate in various different forms of community service ranging from helping special needs children to attending a service trip in Ecuador. I am planning on attending Fairfield University where I cannot only grow academically, but I can still continue to do community service. I am planning on majoring in computer science and then receiving my master’s in cybersecurity.
Thank you so much to the Steuben Association for your generous scholarship. I am honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Gerard S. Carmosin Memorial Scholarship.
"Hi, my name is Sean Foley and I am so thankful and honored to receive the Jill Maurer-Campbell Memorial Scholarship. I recently graduated from Pleasantville High School. I have been accepted to and will be attending the University of New Haven where I will pursue my BA in Music & Sound Recording. I would like to thank all of the FDNY Steuben Association members for all that they do for their members and community and for awarding me with this scholarship. I would also like recognize and thank my grandfather, John Rohr, retiree of E60 in the Bronx and my uncle, also John Rohr, retiree of L10 in Manhattan, who both have been proud members of the FDNY."
"Hi, my name is Hayley Weltner and I am extremely thankful to receive the Steuben Association “Second” 12th Grade Scholarship! I am currently a senior at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, NY. I was a five-year member of my high school’s varsity lacrosse team, a three-year member on the varsity soccer team and two-year member on the varsity basketball team. I was also Captain of all three teams. I have received multiple All-County awards for varsity soccer and lacrosse and I also received the Gold Key Award for Athletic Excellence from Section XI. Academically, I am a member of the World Language Honor Society and received The NY State Seal of Biliteracy. I will be attending Binghamton University this fall to continue playing lacrosse and I am going to study Linguistics to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Thank you so much to the FDNY Steuben Association for giving me the honor of accepting this award! I also want to recognize and thank my father Steven Weltner for sponsoring me and for everything he has done while being a proud member of the FDNY.
"Hello my name is Thomas Grismer. I am the recipient of the 2020 FDNY Steuben Association ‘Second’ 12th Grade Scholarship. I am truly honored and grateful for this Scholarship.
I am a recent 2020 Graduate of Valley Central High School in Montgomery and I am starting to pursue a Secondary Education Degree at SUNY Orange in September.
At Valley Central HS, I was a 4 year member of the Cross Country and the Spring Track team. Last year I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 31, Boy Scouts of America in Montgomery. For my Eagle Project, I took leadership to beautifying a memorial area for the 6 Valley Central Alumni killed in action in the Vietnam War. My family and I continue to maintain the area out of pride and respect for those brave men and their families. Since January 2017, I have been involved with the Walden Fire Department Fire Explorer Program. I transitioned into the Walden Fire Department last year as a Firefighter and am currently working on my first certification (Basic Exterior FF Training) and in the Fall hope to start training to become an Interior Firefighter. Although I will be studying to become a High School History Teacher my ultimate goal is to become a Career Firefighter like my father, Captain Jim Grismer of Ladder 16.
I would like to sincerely thank the FDNY Steuben Association Scholarship Committee for selecting me for this Scholarship. I would also like to add that this is an ‘extra special honor’ because following September 11th I was born a year later. My Dad’s Best Friend and Ladder 13 Mutual Partner, Thomas Hetzel made the Supreme Sacrifice on that morning when the North Tower collapsed. On October 30th, 2002, the night I was born I was named after Tom Hetzel.
Tom deeply loved his German Heritage and was a proud FDNY Steuben Association member.
I know he would be proud of me! Thank you once again!"
Thomas M. Grismer
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