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Utica Community Schools announces 2021 UCS Superintendent Scholarships
Utica Community Schools announces 2021 UCS Superintendent Scholarships
Posted on 05/12/2021
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More than 30 Utica Community Schools 2021 graduates were named recipients in the 13 annual Superintendent’s Scholarship program.

 

Over the past twelve years, the UCS Superintendent Scholarships have been awarded to graduating seniors. Totaling over $760,000 since its inception, the scholarships provide the recipient with post-secondary support. The awards were given to 33 seniors this year.  

 

“We are proud to honor these outstanding seniors as representatives of our amazing Class of 2021,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said.  “As our honorees demonstrate, our UCS graduates are positioned to successfully continue making a difference as leaders in such diverse fields as nursing, chemical engineering, politics, journalism, economics, computer science and family counseling.” 

 

The scholarships continue to be generously funded by the UCS Foundation, as well as the Brett Klenow Scholarship Fund, Larry M. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund and Stefan’s Hope, a local organization. 

 

“Our foundation volunteers are passionate about the success of UCS students,” said Sherman Abdo, president of the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence. “The 2021 scholarship recipients illustrate again how our Class of 2021 is leaving our exemplary schools carrying the hopes and dreams of our entire community.” 

 

The following is a listing of the seniors from the Class of 2021 who have been awarded scholarships: 

 

2021 Brett Klenow Scholarship 
Alexander Maskeny, Henry Ford II High School 

 

2021 Stefan’s Hope Scholarship 
Vasil Janeski, Henry Ford II High School 

 

2021 Larry M. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Gary Nilson, Henry Ford II High School

2021 Superintendent Scholarship Recipients
Clara Barsoum, Stevenson High School
Olivia Beckman, Stevenson High School
Maria Benintani, Henry Ford II High School
Kendyll Borchert, Henry Ford II High School
Kerry Brown, Eisenhower High School
Sophia Considine, Eisenhower High School
Dalton Crum, Eisenhower High School
Ongkon Deb, Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies
Karen Dela Cruz, Stevenson High School
Thomas Dilger, Eisenhower High School
Annie Droelle, Utica High School
Alex Ducusin, Stevenson High School
Noelia Dulo, Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies
Christian Epifanio, Stevenson High School
Justin Farley, UCS Alternative Learning Center
Madelyn Fennell, UCS Alternative Learning Center
Alexander Hughes, Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies
Anthony Kalemaj, Henry Ford II High School
Anna Maria Kitsios, Utica High School
Brooke Mastronardi, Eisenhower High School
Haley Michol, Utica High School
Noah Miller, Utica High School
Mena Murrani, Utica High School
Mihir Patel, Utica High School
Lucy Potts, Stevenson High School/Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology
Rohit Ray, Stevenson High School/Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology
Emily Romero, Henry Ford II High School
Daniel Rzeppa, Eisenhower High School/Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology
Farah Sabri, Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies
Rebecca Schwartz, Henry Ford II High School
Claire Secord, Henry Ford II High School

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The Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence is a 501(c)3 non-profit fund-raising organization that encourages and supports quality efforts by educators to enhance educational experiences for students of the Utica Community Schools. 

 

The Brett Klenow Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Brett Klenow, a 2005 graduate of Eisenhower High School.  The purpose of The Brett Klenow Scholarship Fund is to provide inspiration and financial assistance to a graduating UCS high school student who seeks to fulfill their career goals in engineering, computer science or a related field through advance study at a four-year college or university. 

 

Stefan’s Hope, a local non-profit, was founded in 2011 as a source of hope for families who have received a diagnosis of autism for a loved one.  The Stefan’s Hope Scholarship Fund supports young adults who live with autism and who will be continuing their education at a post-secondary institution.   

The Larry M. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Larry M. Smith, a former teacher, counselor and retired administrator with Utica Community Schools.  Mr. Smith has been described as a true gentleman and genuinely kind human being.  He made people laugh, feel comfortable, important and loved.  His family established this memorial scholarship to provide post-secondary financial assistance to a graduating UCS high school student who embodies Mr. Smith’s legacy.