The Connecticut Bass Nation is proud to announce their 2016 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.  Two awards have been provided this year to the top applicants as chosen by the committee after much review.

I first would like to thank my fellow scholarship committee members:  Matt DeSimone and Rob Germain as well as scholarship chairperson: Kevin Lavender.  Since January 2005 the CBN has awarded over $31,500.00 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 Rebecca Noel is the recipient of the $1000 scholarship award.  She is sponsored by her father Kevin Noel of the Mohawk Valley Bassmasters. I am also pleased to say Rebecca is a repeat recipient of the Scholarship Awards.

Rebecca is currently attending Wellesley College as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is very diligent in her studies as well as with helping others around her such as with tutoring high school students in the town of Wellesley, MA. She considers her volunteer work of peer tutoring as her most significant achievement. Her activities include being a part of the Engineering Society, Neuroscience Journal Club and Biochemistry Club as well as Women’s Club Gymnastics Team. Rebecca looks to pursue either a masters or doctorate degree in bioengineering after graduating.

– I am honored to announce that Tomasello Riccio has been awarded the $1500 scholarship award. He is sponsored by himself as a High School Fishing Club member for Notre Dame High School.

Tomasello will be graduating from Notre Dame High School and is committed to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on an early decision agreement. Tomasello is driven to complete his college studies and earn his Doctorate of Pharmacy so he may work as a pharmacist and become a part of society helping others. His activities include being a peer tutor for the National Honor Society, Vice President for the Math Honor Society and President of the club for the Notre Dame Bass Fishing Team. Tomasello finds being part of the High School organization for the CBN as a humbling experience and is pleased to be part of something he is passionate about as well as having the ability to get others involved. His passion, dedication and volunteering are highly noticed by those around him. Tomasello’s Science Teacher: Donald Mascola has expressed the impression left on him stating Tomasello is a motivated student with his work always on time and his willingness to help those around him.

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


Dan Monroe,  2016 Scholarship Committee Member


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