UCAC has awarded scholarships to children and stepchildren of UCAC members for many years. The members, board and staff of UCAC take great pride in the Scholarship Program and the support the organization provides to students just starting out.
In 2022, UCAC developed a second Scholarship Program. In addition to our traditional College Scholarships for children and stepchildren of members, we began a new Scholarship Program for students of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS). UCAC is proud to be able to continue to provide support for our members’ children and to be contributing to workforce development in Connecticut as we partner with CTECS to award funds to students pursuing careers in the trades. Thanks to the generous support of many members, sponsors and community members, we were able to award almost $20,000.00 to graduating seniors in 2023.
Questions about either program may be directed to Barb Dimauro, UCAC Executive Director, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 860.631.7473.
TRADITIONAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS
Children and step-children of UCAC members are encouraged to apply for a traditional college scholarship next year – the application process will open April 1, 2024. Applicants must be children or stepchildren of a UCAC member in good standing and be a high school senior preparing to attend college in the fall of 2024. The dollar amount of UCAC’s Traditional College Scholarships varies based on the number of applicants each year and is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and the Board of Directors.
Please note: all applications must be completed in full including the submission of an essay and transcript by the deadline. Students selected will be contacted in early June and are required to attend the UCAC Scholarship Dinner (being held in July of 2024) in order to receive their awards.
CTECS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS
Senior students of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System in the following programs are eligible to win a $1,000.00 cash award in 2024.
- Automotive Collision, Repair & Refinishing
- Automotive Technology
- Diesel and Heavy-Duty Equipment Repair
- Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology
- Plumbing & Heating
- Precision Machining Technology
- Sustainable Architecture
- Welding & Metal Fab
UCAC will award up to thirteen (13) $1,000.00 cash awards to CTECS students in the summer of 2024. Scholarship recommendations will be requested by teachers and department heads at all CTECS schools in March and must be received by May 7, 2024. Selected students will be contacted in early June and will be invited to attend the UCAC Scholarship Dinner (being held in July).
STUDENTS APPLYING FOR THE UCAC/CTECS SCHOLARSHIPS DO NOT NEED TO BE PURSUING A COLLEGE DEGREE.
CTECS teachers and department heads will be contacted directly in late March with instructions for submitting scholarship recommendations.
Victoria Serrambana is the recipient of the 2023 Robert Wesneski Memorial Scholarship. She was an outstanding student at Glastonbury High School. She maintained a very high GPA while tutoring, dancing, and participating in French Club. She was senior captain for the school’s rowing team. She also helped with project management at VMS Construction. At WPI, Victoria plans to major in civil engineering with a concentration in business management.
Kevin Avery has spent the past two years playing junior hockey, working at the Wethersfield Country Club, and earning college credit at Manchester Community College. Next year he will be studying civil engineering at UNH and continuing his hockey career.
Brock Langlois played on his varsity football and baseball teams. At Sacred Heart University he plans to in Health Sciences and work towards becoming a Physician’s Assistant.
Morgan Oldenburg was a standout student at Agawam High School. Next year she plans to study accounting at Sacred Heart University. She also regularly volunteers in her community.
Julia Rose plans to study nursing at the University of New Hampshire. She has worked several jobs and volunteered for programs such as Healing Meals. Julia was a member of Varsity lacrosse in high school, and she enjoys playing the piano.
“Chaysten has been a true leader this year. He has taken many projects on and lead them to success. He has a positive attitude and stays on task. He drives others to stay on task as well. He is a true leader, inspiration to others, and an on-the-spot critical thinker.”
-Shaun Gregoire, Chaysten’s Teacher
“Madilynn is able to maintain honor role grades as well as represent our electrical technology program in the community. She is a senior mentor, on the Student council, and plays volleyball for Wilcox. She will continue employment with Mccann Systems after graduation”
-Mark Damaschi, Madilynn ‘s Teacher
Alora has been participating in Yankee Remodeler of New London’s Work-Based Learning Program. The company is owned by a CTECS graduate, and Alora plans to gain the skills for a project manager position.
“Justin is going to make an absolutely invaluable employee to whichever Fire Department picks him up because of his drive and determination to not let things stop him and always being able to come up with a plan … “
-Matthew Kamfonik, Justin’s Teacher
Ryan plans to attend UCONN to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Over the summer, he will be interning at Sikorsky Aircraft as a machinist. Ryan also won first place at SkillsUSA for CNC Milling in Connecticut.
“Joe is my top senior student. He always strives to do and be his very best. He is constantly looking for ways to better himself in the plumbing and heating industry by asking questions and reading our plumbing textbooks and always offers a helping hand to other students.”
-Brandon Oakes, Joseph’s Teacher
“William is a highly intelligent student with the drive to succeed in all aspects of his education. He is hardworking, trustworthy, and is a fast learner. He is always willing to take on new challenges and never gives up.”
-Peter Fiasconaro, Head of Automotive Technology
“John is an excellent troubleshooter and his attention to detail is unparalleled. He is especially gifted in electrical theory and the refrigeration cycle. He was hired on the spot at Electric Boat and will began gainful employment this summer with EB”
-Michael Garcia, John’s Teacher
Yasmin Marques Pereira
“Yasmin is hard working, intelligent, and responsible, the epitome of a well-rounded student. She is a standout student in our Mechanical Design and Engineering Career Technology program.”
-Malvyn Paulino, Yasmin’s Teacher
“Ashley is an incredibly unique student who is driven, concerned about the wellbeing of others and the environment, and who consistently strives to utilize her interests and knowledge of architecture to positively impact the world around her.”
-Sara Bruno, Ashley’s Teacher
“Manny has been a stand up student and has always been willing to help other students over the past 4 years. He is very determined to succeed in trade and plans to enter the bricklayers union after graduation.”
-Joseph Pensanti, Emanuel’s Teacher
A History of UCAC Scholarship Recipients
Alyssa Abbe (Quaboag Regional High School/Able Tool)
Jack Borgersen (Platt)
Amiyah Campbell (Bullard-Havens)
Gavin Carter (E.C. Goodwin)
Paola Alexandra Luna Castro (Platt)
Imraan Mohammed Feroz (Kaynor)
Jack Garrity (Simsbury High School/Garrity Asphalt)
Aiden Hoyt (Vinal)
Marissa Ann Laitres-Wakefield (Ellis)
Tiffany Marchand (Eli Whitney)
Jillian Marcotte (Woodstock Academy/W.I. Clark)
Jeileanys Ojeda (Kaynor)
PJ Seiler (Henry Abbott)
William Tousignant (Conard High School/Garrity Asphalt)
Alexia Adams (Woodstock Academy/VMS Construction)
Brooke LaDuke (Cromwell High School/W.I. Clark)
James Vicente (Avon High School/VMS Construction)
Olivia Bates (Mercy High School/Ferguson Waterworks)
John Johnston (Simsbury High School/Talcott View Development)
Justin Marcotte (Woodstock Academy/W.I. Clark) FOUNDATIONS SCHOLARSHP RECIPIENT
Raegan Moore (Coginchaug Regional High School/United Concrete)
Jack Tousignant (Conard High School/Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming)
Ethan Adams (Woodstock Academy/VMS Construction)
Grace Hurlburt (Ellington High School/W.I. Clark)
Owen Lacourciere (Lewis Mills High School/Superior Products Distributors)
Michael Stamm (Northwest Catholic High School/Stamm Construction) FOUNDATIONS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Avery Garrity (Simsbury High School/Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming)
Lilliana Murdy (Lyman Hall High School/LaRosa Construction)
Alexandra Tousignant (Conard High School/Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming)