Auburn Students Qualify For Free College Tuition

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Senior Michael Vaitkunas is one of 49 Auburn students who qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
Senior Michael Vaitkunas is one of 49 Auburn students who qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – A total of 49 seniors at Auburn High School qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship award, giving them four years of free college tuition, Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle announced.

This scholarship provides a tuition waiver for eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included.

“Your scores on the MCAS tests are evidence of your zest for learning, and I am confident that you are well on your way to finding success as you continue to learn and grow,” Brunelle said in a letter to each of the seniors. “Congratulations … I am proud of you and trust that your family is likewise proud! I also wish you continued success in the coming years as you enter the next phase of your academic career.”

Massachusetts public high school students are eligible for the scholarship by:

• Scoring at the Advanced and Proficient levels on Grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics. A student must earn a score of Advanced on the English or Mathematics test and a score of Proficient or higher on the second test.

• Having a combined score that places them in the Top 25 percent of the graduating class in their district.

To claim the scholarship, the student must be:

• A permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year before entering college as a freshman.

• A U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

• A graduate of a Massachusetts public high school.

The Auburn seniors who qualified for the scholarship are: Samantha Allison, Mercedes Anderson, Robert Anderson, Ashley Buckunas, Rita Bahnan, Roela Bardhi, Aymee Beaudoin, Nicole Berthiaume, Lincoln Bois, Ashley Bruinsma, Timothy Bryan, Samantha Clougherty, Nathan Conway, Maria Coughlin, Alexandra Czamara, Korey Dupont, Olivia Elsaid, Matthew Festa, Jordan Giampa, Drew Goodrich, Lesedi Graveline, James Grogan, Cartier Hebert, Paige Humphrey, Kara Hussey, Ryan Jeffries, Brendan Kish, Kyle Langer, Michael Lavin, Emily Long, Gabriella Lourie, Robert Lucas, Sarah Lynch, Adam Murphy, Alexa Myers, David Nguyen, Michaela Pepka, Derek Piekarczyk, Courtney Pike, Jennifer Riendeau, Lia Samra, Erin Scanlon, Kayla Shearns, Sarina Sherzai, Robert Sivret, Michael Vaitkunas, Samantha Vielmas, Kathryn Whalen and Kasey Wozniak.

An awards breakfast will be held in their honor Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 8 a.m. at Auburn High School.

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