Scholarship awards presented to Ludlowe and Warde students

Jake Sohigian

Jake Sohigian

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce presented its second annual FELO Scholarship Awards on Wednesday, June 15. “FELO is a new group within the Chamber, said Beverly A. Balaz, President, which was created two years ago. FELO is an emerging 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.”

John Natoli

John Natoli

In addition, their mission is to help raise money for scholarship awards. These scholarships are presented annually, to a graduating high school student from Ludlowe & Warde, who will be attending a business school or majoring in business … and one who has financial needs.

“I’m very excited about the Chamber’s involvement with scholarships through FELO,” continued Beverly. I love education and I love business … we want to be part of each student’s college success! Business is a great major … 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.”

Last year, FELO presented two $500 scholarships, and this year, FELO raised enough money to present two $1,500 scholarships. “A huge achievement by our FELO members, of whom we are very proud” said, Beverly.

The 2016 FELO Scholarship Awards were presented by Beverly A. Balaz and Darrin Fodor, VP Financial Services Manager, People’s United Bank to recipient Jake Sohigian/Ludlowe High School and to John Natoli /Fairfield Warde High School, by Beverly A. Balaz and Rebecca Lautenslager, Funeral Director, Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home. Both of these students had outstanding backgrounds in their four years of high school, demonstrating high standards of excellence in academic, volunteer and leadership qualities.

In addition to the actual scholarship, both Darrin and Rebecca will make themselves available to each student, throughout the year, if Jake or John have a question about a particular subject, class or business concept … and they will also be happy to meet with the students in person next summer 2017, to discuss their Freshman year experience and mentor in any way they can.  

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and FELO congratulate these two already accomplished students, wishing them much success and happiness as they move next, into their college years.

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