Girls Scholarship Winners 2023

We are pleased to announce the three winners of the 2023 GIRLS Scholarship are Emilia Pinilla (Hill Regional Career High School), Josephine Burke (Naugatuck High School) and Sciana Vertusma (Hopkins High School). Each recipient received $500. 

Emilia Pinilla 

Emilia Pinilla, a senior at Hill Regional Career High School, was captain of her volleyball team, held leadership roles in school clubs and participated in a variety of community service. Emilia shared with us how difficult immigrating into a new culture was, but how she was self inspired to become the first in her family not only to complete high school and go to college, but also to choose a career in the STEM field. Emilia will pursue a career in the STEM field majoring in Biology at UCONN.

Josephine Burke

Josephine Burke, a senior at Naugatuck High School, was a multisport athlete, involved various clubs throughout her high school career and was her class president. Josephine shared with us how a sixth grade teacher challenged and inspired her, not only academically but also as a person. Through this teacher’s mentorship, Josephine was able to find her voice and through that she gained confidence to pursue and obtain many leadership roles. Through these roles, she has been able to serve her school and community and help others. Josephine is majoring in pre-teaching and was still deciding on which college to attend at the time of the application.

Sciana Vertusma

Sciana Vertusma, a senior at Hopkins High School, has been a member of the volleyball team as well as various clubs throughout her high school career and has held many leadership roles within a variety of clubs that were designed to bring awareness and help others. Sciana displayed an extensive array of community service hours with organizations devoted to climate change, leadership and with the National Council of Newgro Women of New Haven. Sciana spoke of the reliance and inspiration her mother showed to her and through her mother’s example and support, Sciana researched and initiated a project to tackle period poverty and help those in need in low income communities. Through this project, she is educating the community about period poverty and providing products needed to women. Sciana will be double majoring in political science and international relations and will be attending Columbia University.

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