Three Long Island High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships
Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Program has awarded over $1.5 million
Three college-bound teens from Long Island are being acknowledged for their academic excellence and community involvement. The Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Program has awarded $36,000 this year to six high school seniors.
The announcement took place at the 50th annual Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Reception at the New York City Fire Museum on May 18, 2017. Each student was presented with a $6,000 scholarship, an engraved silver bowl, an iPad mini and a sweatshirt representing the college they plan to attend.
The local scholarship winners include Farmingdale resident Hannah Brunning of Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, of the Towns of Huntington and Babylon; East Atlantic Beach resident Jamison Murray of Chaminade High School in Mineola; and Kings Park resident Christopher Mayer of Kings Park High School. This fall they plan to attend LIU Post, George Washington University, and Stony Brook University, respectively.
The Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund of New York and Long Island, is made possible through the joint efforts of The Mechanical Contractors Association of New York and Steamfitters Local 638. Since the program began in 1967, more than $1.5 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 285 students. The program recognizes the extraordinary academic and extracurricular achievements of the children within our industry and rewards these young men and women so that they may continue to excel.
“These young scholars already have impressive accomplishments and we are proud to invest in their futures so that they can continue making a positive difference,” said Anthony Saporito, Executive Vice President of Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Inc. “We believe one of the best ways to give back to the hardworking families of the Mechanical Contractors Association and Steamfitters Local 638 is by supporting their children’s education.”
“We congratulate this year’s scholarship winners who come from union families that understand the value of hard work, dedication, education and investing in the future,” said Patrick Dolan, Steamfitters Local 638 President. “College students should have the financial security to focus on their education, which is what makes our industry scholarship program so important to us.”
- Half Hollow Hills High School East senior Hannah Brunning will attend LIU Post this fall to study health sciences, with plans to become a physician’s assistant, and she will be in the Honors College. She is an inductee of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society with Advanced Placement (AP) and honors college courses. An active member in her community, Hannah has volunteered with the Half Hollow Hills Community Library and Lend-A-Hand to assemble prosthetic hands for children using 3D printed parts.
“I’m very excited to receive this scholarship, which will help me pay my tuition. I’m grateful that my dad has had such a great union job with Steamfitters Local 638, enabling him to support my family for 34 years,” said Hannah.
- Chaminade High School senior Jamison Murray plans to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to study biomedical engineering and advance research for prosthetic technologies. He will complete his high school’s college preparatory curriculum in the top 6% of his class. Jamison was an active member of the National Honor Society, Culinary Club, Economics and Social Studies Club, and captain of his intramural soccer team. He works at two Long Island restaurants and has interned under Hon. Richard Berman, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
“I’m so thankful for this scholarship, which will help me give back to my parents and work towards my education and career goals. My grandfather was a proud Steamfitter who died of mesothelioma, and I hope my education will lead me to advance the research of that disease and contribute to finding a cure for patients like him,” said Jamison.
- Kings Park High School senior Christopher Mayer will attend Stony Brook University to study biology and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Neuroscience to further research neurological disorders. Ranked in the top 5% of his class, Christopher has received high scores in numerous AP courses and was recently awarded an AP Honors with Distinction Award. A member of the National, Thespian, Tri-M Music and Italian Honor Societies, he holds leadership positions at his school’s stage crew, environmental club, trivia team and peer support, and plays bass clarinet in the King Park High School Marching Band.
“Scholarships like this one allow me to focus on my studies rather than worrying about paying off my student loans. They also enable me to look into attending a good graduate school. I’m thankful for this scholarship because every little bit helps, and without help I would have debt over my head,” said
The annual scholarship program is open to high school seniors with a parent who is a member in good standing of Steamfitters Local 638. Six merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic standing, with considerations given to extracurricular activities and volunteer work. The Steamfitters Industry Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund of New York and Long Island.