The Connecticut Bass Nation is proud to announce their 2014 Scholarship recipients. Every spring, the CBN solicits applications from qualifying candidates that are reviewed and judged by the Scholarship Committee. Applicants must answer various questions, including a small essay and provide information about their studies.   Three awards are provided each year to the top applicants as chosen by the committee.

I first would like to thank the scholarship committee:   Matt DeSimone, Rob Germain and Dan Monroe. Since January 2005 the CBN has awarded over $26,000 in scholarships. The CBN thanks its sponsors, membership and the committee for making the scholarship program such a success.

– I am pleased to announce that Ashley Bielert has been awarded the $500 scholarship award. She is sponsored by her Grandfather Dan Bielert from Xtreme Bassmasters.

Ashley is graduating from Bristol Central High School and has been on the Honor Roll every quarter of her High School tenure. Ashley plans to attend the University of Rhode Island and has aspirations of being an Adoption Counsler after graduating from college


– For the the $1000 scholarship award, I am proud to recognize Cristopher Klepinger. Christopher is a member of Midconn Anglers and came up through the JR ranks.

Christopher is graduating from Wethersfield High School and plans to attend Dickinson College. In addition to his classwork, Christopher’s plate is full performing civic duites including activities with Special Olympics Basketball and Golf.


– I am honored to announce that Olivia Rustic is the recipient of the $1500 scholarship award. She is sponsored by her father Dean Rustic of the Mohawk Valley Bassmasters.

A 2012 & 2013 Scholarship Award recipient, Olivia currently attends Bryant University. She currently boasts a 3.76 Grade Point Average and has been elected as the President of the Bryant Womens Rowing Team. Olivia is the Project Lead for Bryants Business Support of Rhode Islands City Farm Gardens and assisted Mohawk Valley members teach Newtown Cub Scouts fishing for their belt loop. As a consecutive CBN scholarship recipient, Olivia considers the CBN as supporter of her academic accomplishments.


Again, thank you all for making this an opportunity and congratulations to the three winners standing before us.


Below is the Robert S Malloy recipient Andrew Ransome

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