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Westfield State University awards Westfield Pride Scholarships to two graduates of local high schools

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Westfield—Westfield State University has awarded a scholarship to a pair of graduates from high schools in Westfield. Julia Maryanski, a 2019 Westfield High School graduate, and Nathaniel Spiller, a 2019 graduate from Westfield Technical Academy, were named the inaugural recipients of the Westfield Pride Scholarship, created to honor the City of Westfield’s 350th anniversary.

The Scholarship was established by the Westfield State Foundation, Inc. which collaborated with the University and the city’s three high schools to create a one of a kind tartan, blending the school colors of each institution. Registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh, Scotland, the tartan’s color pattern was used to create scarves, ties and keychains, which were manufactured and sold. The Scholarship is funded through donations from local residents and businesses and proceeds from the sales, which currently totals in excess of $50,000.

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“We are so pleased to partner with our City’s high schools and create opportunities for civic pride and pathways for local students to pursue a college education and experience close to home,” said Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.

The 2019 recipients are honored to receive the scholarship and eager to continue their education at Westfield State. Maryanski explained, “Receiving the Westfield Pride Scholarship has shown me that my city cares about its students and has invested in our future. Now I will be able to pursue my dream of becoming a Physician’s Assistant, and give back to my community. I’m incredibly grateful that I was chosen.”

“This scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dream of obtaining a college degree,” added Spiller, who recently graduated from Westifeld Technical Academy’s aviation program. “The scholarship will also give me more flexibility when it comes to my flying locally.”

The first day of classes at Westfield State is Wednesday, September 4.

PHOTO: Westfield State Pride scholarship recipients Julia Maryanski and Nathaniel Spiller, both of Westfield.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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