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Life-changing Gifts

DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2018

HCC Foundation and Alumni Association award record 223 scholarships

Burns family with scholarship recipient Brittany Moreland, center.

Before she died several years ago, Elia Dreyfuss was the longtime coordinator of the Transition to College and Careers program at Holyoke Community College and a stalwart advocate for adult basic education.  

Friends and colleagues established an endowed scholarship in her memory through the HCC Foundation. Two gifts are awarded each year to students who graduate from the TCC program.

This year, the Elia Dreyfuss Scholarship for 2018-2019 was awarded to Luis and Lisette Antonmarchi, a married couple from West Springfield. They both plan to use the money to continue their educations at HCC in the fall.

Attending the 2018 HCC Scholarship "Meet & Greet" May 10 to present the Antonmarchis with their scholarship certificates were Marie Troppe, present director of HCC's TCC program, and Rose Egan, director of the Community Education Project, where Elia Dreyfuss taught English to Latino adults.

"These are the sorts of connections that make this event so special. Friends and colleagues of Elia Dreyfuss wished to honor her life-changing work. With this fund, Elia's legacy lives on through the achievements of deserving students like Lisette and Luis," said Amanda Sbriscia, executive director of the HCC Foundation and emcee of the "Meet & Greet" scholarship reception, which honored this year's scholarship recipients and the donors who make those awards possible.

The HCC Foundation and Alumni Association together awarded a school record 223 scholarships this year to current, incoming and graduating HCC students. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the HCC Foundation will provide close to $250,000 in direct student aid. The average award is about $1,000 but can go as high as $5,000. As noted by several speakers, these scholarships can make an immeasurable difference to students who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend college.

"A scholarship," said HCC president Christina Royal, "is a life-changing gift." 

The HCC Foundation scholarship application period opens in February each year and scholarships are announced in April for the following academic year.

To see more photos of this year's event, please go to our Facebook Photo Album ...

PHOTOS by CHRIS YURKO: (Thumbnail) Luis and Lisette Antonmarchi of West Springfield, recipients of the Elia Dreyfuss Scholarship from the HCC Foundation, with Marie Troppe, coordinator of the HCC Transition to College and Careers program. The Antonmarchis are students in the TCC program and are both enrolled to attend HCC in the fall. (Above) Brittany Moreland of Longmeadow, recipient of the Eleanor  V. Burns Scholarship, stands with Emily Burns '16 and her father Brian Burns '85. Eleanor Burns was Brian's mother and a long-time employee of HCC, where Brian works as a police sergeant.