25 STUDENTS SEEKING TO CHANGE THEIR COMMUNITIES, WORLD RECEIVE ERCA COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION SCHOLARSHIPS

Awards from Educational Research Center of America

National Scholarship Competition 

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., February 10, 2015 – As students from across the nation begin to make college and career plans for after high school graduation this spring, the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) today announced that 25 high school students have been selected to receive the 2013-2014 Community Contribution Scholarship. These 25 students were selected from a pool of more than 1,200 applications from across the country.

Each year, ERCA awards postsecondary scholarships to deserving students across the country who are seeking to improve their communities and society at large. Winners are selected based on their commitment to improving their local community and to using their unique talents to nurture efforts to address a specific, pressing need they see. In recognizing leadership and community service, ERCA this year awarded 25, $1,000 scholarships to student leaders and visionaries throughout the United States.

“We know that change and improvement begins locally,” ERCA Executive Director Ed Doody said. “Each of these ERCA scholarship winners has demonstrated a clear commitment to improving their communities while making the world a better place for all. This year’s recipients could be our future leaders, individuals with commitment and drive.”

Scholarship winners can use their ERCA scholarships to help offset the cost of their postsecondary education.

“The quality of the applications we received has been amazing,” Doody said.  “We are pleased to award these scholarships to the following students, to support their pursuit of education and exploration of career paths.”

This year’s ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship winners are:

Class of 2014

BRYNN BOWMAN, CEDAR PARK, TX

SAMANTHA BRESCIA, FARMINGDALE, NY

ZOE CHAITOFF, BOCA RATON, FL

MATTHEW CHRISTLEY, HENDERSONVILLE, TN

FOSTER DONYINA, MANASSAS PARK, VA

DEMME DURRETT, THE WOODLANDS, TX

GABRIELLE GAFFORD, RICHARDSON, TX

RACHNA IGWE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

SAMANTHA MARINO, SAN PEDRO, CA

BRIAN MEERSMA, WEST WINDSOR, NJ

MONIQUE MONTOUTE, LAND O’LAKES, FL

AADITH MOORTHY, PALM HARBOR, FL

LAUREN SCOTT, PENSACOLA, FL

SAVANNAH SHERWOOD, GYPSUM, KS

NAZHAE SINGLETON, PHILADELPHIA, PA

ASHLEY THIGPEN, FOLKSTON, GA

KYLIE TUMIATTI, WEST MELBOURNE, FL

ISABEL ZAYAS, WILTON, CT

Class of 2015

MEAGAN BETHEL, TUCSON, AZ

MEREDITH BURKE, DALLAS, TX

KORI HINES, OLATHE, KS

SUSANQI JIANG, ROCKVILLE, MD

ELLIE MCDEARMAN, GOSHEN, KY

Class of 2016

DAHKOTA KICKING BEAR BROWN, JACKSON, CA

MORLAN OSGOOD, LOVELAND, OH

About ERCA

For nearly 20 years, the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) has pursued a mission of helping high school students and their families to identify a college- and career-ready pathway. ERCA helps families identify student options on career pathways to life success, including two- and four-year college opportunities. Through a partnership with and the support of ASL Marketing, ERCA provides introductions to post-secondary institutions. Additionally, as part of its mission, ERCA annually awards postsecondary scholarships to deserving students seeking to improve their communities and society at large. Working in concert with partner organizations engaged in education and workforce development, ERCA’s research has a singular objective; motivating students to explore career pathways relevant to their interests, education and passions. For more information, visit www.studentresearch.org and follow @ERCAResearch on Twitter.

Media Contact:

Ed Doody

516.586.1003

info@studentresearch.org