Scholarship Awards 2018

June 4, 2018

Meeting these students is an inspiration every single year. It is always an honor to be part of the scholarship award process for Raiders Remember. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had, year after year. Thanks to the students for being such an inspiration!

Congrats to the Raiders Remember Scholarship winners: Catherine Casey and Colby Yokell!

Congrats to the Raiders Remember Honorable Mention Award winner: Josie Schmidt!

This year was a special and unique year, as the Honorable Mention Award was giving in memory of someone very special: Charlene Berube.

Matthew Talbot, Jamison Souza, Andrew DiGiammo Musone, Holly McNamara, Charlene Berube’s daughter, Susan Mello, Josie Schmidt, Catherine Casey, Colby Yokell, Kimm Duddy Michaud, Marion DiGiammo
Charlene Berube’s daughter, Susan Mello and Josie Schmidt, Honorable Mention Award Recipient

The Raiders Remember Scholarship Fund wasestablished in 2014 as a result of the Raiders Remember Farewell Event for the former Somerset High School building, looking forward to new beginnings and the future of Somerset Berkley Regional High School. The success of the event has made it such that we have built a perpetuating foundation that gives back to Somerset, including scholarships to graduates of SBRHS attending accredited two or four year, degree-granting colleges or universities, including vocational, and technical colleges. 

Raiders Remember was founded on a set of core values: loyalty, leadership, legacy, community, extra curricular involvement, personality and presentation. We are inspired by our award winners, and strongly believe that they exemplify the Raider spirit. We truly believe they ultimately will preserve the Raiders Remember culture and core values. 

The application processconsisted of the submittal of a paper application along with an essay, of which the applicants had to “Describe in detail what makes you proud to be a Blue Raider.” The top candidates were then interviewed, and the top two candidates and Honorable Mention candidate were chosen. We are very proud to be able to give back to these students. They did a tremendous job.

We would like to thankthe student winners for being such an inspiration, and wish them best of luck! We look forward to seeing what their amazing future holds! 

Before announcing the scholarship awards, I would like to make note that the Honorable Mention scholarship winner is awarded this year in memory of someone that always volunteered to help Raiders Remember. Someone who was always smiling and always inspiring: Charlene Berube. Charlene was a lifelong resident of Somerset and had strong ties to the community.  Somerset High School and the mission of Raiders Remember held a very special place in her heart. She believed fervently in the value of education and longed for the opportunity to attend college and become a teacher. In her memory, this scholarship will help support a fellow Somerset student in fulfilling their educational and career dreams. 

On behalf of the Raiders Remember Committee,I am honored to award the two $2,500 Raiders Remember Scholarship winners, and the $1,000 Honorable Mention Award Winner for their outstanding achievements and aspirations. 

Raiders Remember Scholarship Winners ($2,500 each):

Catherine Casey, attending UCONN; Colby Yokell, attending Endicott College

Raiders Remember Scholarship Honorable Mention Winner ($1,000 each):
Josie Schmidt, attending University of New Haven

Thank you. All the best!

Holly McNamara
Executive Chair, Raiders Remember