The Kolakowski family is proud to award the 27th annual Henry S. Kolakowski Jr. Memorial Scholarships. Nine scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 have been awarded. The total of this year’s scholarship awards was $13,000 and this brings the 27 year distribution total to 212 scholarships, paying out $243,850.
The scholarship was established in October of 1991 and is given in the memory of Henry S. Kolakowski Jr. Henry Kolakowski served as an educator, administrator, counselor and student advocate in the communities of Meriden and Wallingford for 34 years.
He took personal pride in assisting as many students as he could, usually giving 110 percent to his job. Kolakowski started his educational career locally in 1957, where he worked as a history teacher at Meriden High School, which later became Platt High in 1958. In 1964, he took a position as guidance counselor, later becoming the Guidance Director at Sheehan High School.
Kolakowski changed positions to serve as Director of Pupil Services for a number of years, but his love of guiding students returned him to guidance counseling until 1989. Two years prior to his retirement, he served as an Adult Education Guidance Counselor.
Henry Kolakowski was instrumental in organizing the Alternative High School program in Wallingford. In his memory, the Kolakowski family is proud to present the following Henry S. Kolakowski Memorial Scholarships.
We hope to see you at the 28th annual fund raising dance, set for Saturday, April 13, at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford.
The recipients of the 2019 Henry S. Kolakowski Memorial Scholarships are:
$2,000 to Juliann Elizabeth Pellegrino, daughter of Gina and Jeff Pellegrino, who graduated from O.H. Platt High School and is planning to attend Sacred Heart University, majoring in pre-med biology.
$1,000 to Shakhodat Khanbabaeva, daughter of Shakhista Khanbabaeva, who graduated from O.H. Platt High School and is planning to attend Marist College, majoring in business administration/management.
$2,000 to Elena Anetrella, daughter of Peter Anetrella, who graduated from Francis T. Maloney High School and is planning to attend central Connecticut State University, majoring in psychology.
$1,000 to Breanna Formanski, daughter of Amy Horton, who graduated from Francis T. Maloney High School and is planning to attend Central Connecticut State University, majoring in social work.
$1,000 to Daniel Coleman, son of Joan Coleman, who graduated from Francis T. Maloney High School and is planning to attend University of Connecticut, majoring in civil engineering.
$2,000 to Erin Murray, daughter of Brian and Colleen Murray, who graduated from Lyman Hall High School and is planning to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University, majoring in marine biology/education.
$1,000 to Caitlin Kirby, daughter of Donna and Jonathan Kirby Sr., who graduated from Lyman Hall High School and is planning to attend Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in secondary education – English.
$2,000 to Hayden French, son of Paul and Jenny French, who graduated from Mark T. Sheehan High School and is planning to attend Florida State, majoring in engineering/Spanish.
$1,000 to Madison Neilander, daughter of Darrell Neilander, who graduate from Mark T. Sheehan High School and is planning to attend Albertus Magnus, majoring in education.
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