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SPIROL Scholarships Awarded for 2015/2016 Academic Year


SPIROL offers annual scholarships based on an applicant’s demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular activities and dedication to community service. In addition to being well-rounded and committed to volunteering, in order to be eligible for the SPIROL Scholarship, students must have a 3.0 or higher and must be pursuing a degree in Engineering, Basic Sciences or Manufacturing Technology.

Since 1993, SPIROL has awarded over $615,000 in scholarships. The scholarship awards range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $5,000 per year per recipient - which can total up to $20,000 over the recipient’s college career!

In addition to receiving money towards college, scholarship recipients may elect to participate in paid summer employment at one of SPIROL’s facilities.

For the 2015/2016 academic year, there are nine returning SPIROL Scholarship recipients:

• Marianna Bailey (Rhode Island) - Marianna graduated from St. Mary’s Bay View Academy in East Providence, Rhode Island in 2014, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

• Lauren Biernacki (Connecticut) - Lauren graduated from Tourtellotte Memorial High School in June 2013, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the Honors Program for Computer Science and Engineering at UCONN.

• Julia Burrowbridge (Ohio) - Julia is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University. Class of 2016.

• Elizabeth "Ellie" Coffee (Rhode Island) - Ellie graduated from Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, Rhode Island in 2013 as the Valedictorian of her class. She is currently attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and plans on getting her Masters in Fire Protection Engineering.

• Derek Meier (Connecticut) - Derek graduated from Plainfield High School in 2013 and is currently attending UCONN pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

• Cameron Saracina (Connecticut) - Cameron graduated from Woodstock High School in 2014, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University.

• Ian Sorensen (Connecticut) - Ian is attending the University of Connecticut, and is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Class of 2016.

• Christopher Stocken (Vermont) - Christopher graduated from Hanover High School in New Hampshire in June 2014, and is currently attending Clarkson University pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

• Shelby Yee (Vermont) - Shelby is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Class of 2016.

There are four new SPIROL Scholarship recipients for the 2015/2016 academic year:

• Graysen DeLuca (Connecticut) - Graysen recently graduated from Woodstock Academy. He will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the fall pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

• Owen Guillot (Connecticut) - Owen recently graduated from Killingly High School with a cumulative GPA of 4.49. He will be attending Roger Williams University in the fall pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

• Charles Kelly (Vermont) - Charles will be attending Lafayette University in the fall pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

• Ian McVey (Ohio) – Ian will be attending Northern Ohio University in the fall pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

There are two recipients, Lily Dennison and Seth Beecher, at QVCC who are pursuing their Associate’s degrees in Engineering Science. Based on the eligibility criteria provided by SPIROL, the recipients of these two annual SPIROL Scholarships are administered and selected through the foundation at QVCC (not SPIROL).

SPIROL is dedicated to continuing its support of local youth and assisting them in realizing their educational aspirations through its continued offering of scholarships. The company considers these scholarships a valuable investment in the future growth of our community, state, and country.

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SPIROL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION is a leading manufacturer of a diverse line of engineered components for fastening and joining, including coiled and slotted spring pins, solid pins, disc springs, alignment dowels and bushings, spacers, compression limiters, machined nuts, threaded inserts for plastics, shims, pin and insert installation equipment, and vibratory parts feeders. SPIROL has manufacturing and sales locations in ten countries, and has over 60 years experience in spring pin design and manufacturing technology.