AUBURN – Four $500 scholarships were presented to area students at Rainbow Federal Credit Union’s 49th annual meeting. Board member Pauline Caouette-Moore provided the details.

She said each student stood out academically in the application process.

Caouette-Moore said, “Today we are awarding scholarships to four young women who are working on degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, the health sciences and nursing. It is with pleasure that I present these scholarships to Rainbow Federal Credit Union’s Women of Science.”

Amber Churchill is a 2004 graduate of Edward Little High School. She attends Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass. A biology major and an environmental studies minor, Churchill has a wide range of work experience gained while in high school and college.

She has volunteered as a summer school tutor at Auburn Middle School, as a tech person at Community Little Theatre and as a mentor at Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Her list of high school, college and community activities is extensive. Her work, she said, granted her “many chances to receive attention for her efforts.”

Churchill attained letters and pins in drama, speech and Latin; she was granted entrance into the International Thespian Society; as a junior and member of the Speech Team, she was awarded the Level of Distinction in the National Forensic League; she was designated an AP scholar as a junior and an AP scholar with distinction as a senior; she placed eighth in her high school graduating class; at college she is an honors student.

Monica Morin is a senior at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. She will graduate with a double major, a BS degree in chemistry and a BA degree in physics, as well as a minor in environmental science, this month. After graduation, Morin will attend graduate school and work on a PhD in geo-environmental engineering.

Throughout her college career, Morin participated in research projects in chemistry, physics and environmental science. She has received a NASA scholarship and during her junior year, she was named Chemistry Student of the Year. She has also received the Nicholas Hyma Chemistry Award.

Morin has participated in a number of river clean-ups and volunteered to help interested students in the outdoors and the environment. She is also an athlete. While at Wesleyan, she was a two-time swim team captain, three-time NCAA qualifier in swimming and a two-time NCAA All-American in Swimming. Morin graduated from Lewiston High School in 2001.

Jenny Morissette graduated from St. Dominic Regional High School in 2001. She will graduate in May from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. She plans to earn a graduate degree in communications/public relations. She feels that the combination of these two degrees will help her to pursue a career where she will work in a nonprofit field such as sexual or domestic violence or diabetes research.

Morissette is CPR-certified; she is certified as an EMT in both Maine and Connecticut, and she is a certified sexual assault counselor. Her recent work and volunteer experiences have paralleled her career goals. She has worked as an elderly patient care assistant and as an EMT.

Morissette has worked at the Quinnipiac Student Health Services as well as at other medical institutions. She has volunteered at a sexual assault crisis center in Connecticut doing hot line work and one-on-one counseling, working with at-risk youth in the community and with children and adults with disabilities.

She has participated as a team member for the American Heart Walk and the Diabetes’ Walk. She is organizing a team to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York in October.

Sara Tuttle graduated from Lewiston High School in 2004 and is a freshman at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. She is pursuing a degree in nursing. Because she enjoys working with children, her goal is to care for sick children.

Her work experience has been primarily at a local supermarkets. She has been a junior volunteer at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and has been a volunteer at Camp Sunshine.

As a student at Lewiston, Tuttle was part of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America team that placed third in the state championships. She was a senior class officer and the treasurer of VICA, the National Honor Society, the swim team and the lacrosse team.

In 2003 she earned her CNA certification through the vocational program at Lewiston High School. She earned the Harvard Book Award and the Lewiston Shining Star Award upon graduation as well as a varsity letter in lacrosse and band. Tuttle was the valedictorian of her graduating class.

The applications for the 2006 Rainbow scholarships will be available during National Credit Union Week the third week in October.


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