Dana M. Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, has announced that Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks of Westford is one of 30 students from public and vocational high schools in the area to receive a $1,000 scholarship grant from the foundation. Wright-Fairbanks, graduated from Westford Academy, will attend Middlebury College.
Each of the 30 schools nominated a scholarship recipient based on criteria that included academic merit, financial need, community service, and personal improvement. The Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 through an endowment provided by Middlesex Savings Bank to ensure funding of scholarships and worthy non-profits in any economic climate. Nearly $300,000 has been distributed to date through the scholarship program.
The Foundation also announced that Wesley Charles Palmer of Concord is recipient of the sixth annual A. James Lavoie Scholarship, a $5,000 award named in honor of Mr. Lavoie, former president of Middlesex Savings Bank, who was deeply committed to the support of education. Palmer, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, will attend Boston University and major in film production. .
Palmer was selected for the award by an independent committee for his essay that described his passion and focus in the area of filmmaking. He recounted how he had become interested in film and storytelling as a young child, and how he had nurtured his passion for visual media throughout his high school years. He has produced 15 short films and is principal and chief creative officer of a web design company, Modernist Media. He also is an Eagle Scout and was captain of Concord-Carlisle’s indoor and outdoor track teams, competing in the shot put and javelin.
“We’re pleased to award this year’s A. James Lavoie Scholarship to Wesley Charles Palmer,” said Neshe.
“His personal and academic achievements demonstrate remarkable leadership and perseverance. He has also shown a deep appreciation for the potential that new forms of media can have for making a positive impact on the community. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”