Chicopee – The Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee has awarded college
scholarships to seven young women who participated in the 2013 Colleen
Contest last February. The awards were based on academic achievement,
community involvement, extracurricular activities and other significant
accomplishments. They were presented at a reception at Elms College on
Monday, June 10.
The following awards in the amount of $500 each were given:
Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Scholarships, awarded to:
Andrea Coleman, who plans to attend Arizona State University.
Ashley Dion, who plans to attend University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Laura Gibb, who plans to attend Endicott College.
Parade Committee Scholarship in honor of Health New England, awarded to
Taylor Berube, who attends Springfield College.
Parade Committee Scholarship in honor of Bud Shuback, awarded to Olivia
Korell, who plans to attend Western New England University.
Interstate Towing, Inc. Scholarship, awarded to Emily Simpson, who plans to
attend Bryant University.
Ruth and William Corridan Scholarship, awarded to Alyson Sliwa, who plans to
attend Lasell College.
Each year, the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee oversees the city’s
participation in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. With the support of many
generous sponsors, its members organize the Colleen Contest and Coronation
Ball, design and build the Colleen’s award-winning float, and promote Irish
pride and culture through many events. In addition to these activities, the
committee awards scholarships to young women who plan to further their
education at a college or university.
The Parade Committee meets from October through May and new members are
always welcome. Plans are now being made to celebrate the committee’s 60th
anniversary in 2014. Anyone interested in joining the committee, becoming a
sponsor, or attending any of the upcoming events should contact President
William Stetson at BStetson73@gmail.com .