Fairfield Chamber of Commerce names FELO Scholarship recipients

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce presented its first FELO Scholarship Awards on Tuesday evening, June 16. “FELO is a new group within the Chamber, said Beverly A. Balaz, president, which was just started this past year.”

Julia Correll/Fairfield Warde High School.

Julia Correll/Fairfield Warde High School.

FELO is a young professionals group, and the acronym stands for: Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization. Their goal is to network amongst themselves, share ideas, and discuss challenges to help them achieve success as they continue their career path towards more senior-level management positions. In addition, their mission is to help raise money for Scholarship Awards. These scholarships will be presented to a graduating high school student who will be attending a Business School or majoring in business … and one who has financial needs.

Elliot Herman/Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

Elliot Herman/Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

“I’m very excited about the Chamber’s involvement with scholarships,” continues Beverly. I love education and I love business … we want to be part of each student’s college success!”

Darrin Fodor, VP Financial Services Manager, People’s United Bank and Jackie Kosiba, Director of Sales, Delamar, Southport, were two of the founding members of FELO and currently hold leadership positions. They both agreed and said: “Business is a great major … and especially because basic business principles (whether in finance, marketing, sales, HR, operations, etc.), are very important to understand, because they can be applied to any business or industry … whether entrepreneurial or corporate.”

The 2015 FELO Scholarship Awards were presented to Elliot Herman/Fairfield Ludlowe HS by Beverly A. Balaz and Darrin Fodor … and to Julia Correll/Fairfield Warde HS, by Beverly A. Balaz and Jackie Kosiba. In addition to the actual Scholarship, both Darrin and Jackie are making themselves available to each student, throughout the year, if Elliot and Julia have a question about a particular subject, class or business concept … and they will be happy to meet with the students in person next summer, to discuss their Freshman year experience and mentor in any way they can.

Darrin Fodor, VP Financial Services Manager, People’s United Bank and  Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly A. Balaz.

Darrin Fodor, VP Financial Services Manager, People’s United Bank and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly A. Balaz.

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