For a donation of $500 or more, a memorial scholarship may be given.  Please contact Avon Dollars for Scholars if you would like to give a memorial scholarship.  Listed below are some of the memorial scholarships:
 
NEW FOR 2018:
 
TIM McCARTHY, CPA, MILITARY SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF B. DANTE "VINCE" D'ADDEO
Given by US Wealth Farmington Valley and Tim McCarthy, CPA/PFS, in honor of "Vince" D'Addeo, this scholarship is given to a student who will enlist in a branch of the US military after graduation.
 
THE ATWOOD-PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is sponsored by a group of singers called "I Cantori di Savoia" on behalf of Avon's Italian-American Club, The Prince Thomas of Savoy Society. This scholarship is offered to either a deserving high school senior or an eligible student already enrolled in a college curriculum.  The recipient of this scholarship will have a better than average GPA, and an interest in the performing arts (musical instrument, singing, paining of art subjects, dancing, acting, etc.)
 
THE CARUSO & BROTHERS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been established by John Caruso in memory of his 8 brothers. Matthew was lost during the Korean War but all the others survived their military service. John is the 7th brother and now is the only survivor. This scholarship is open to all.
 
EXISTING SCHOLARSHIPS:
 
ALICE Y. ZACCHERA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Given by Heidi Zacchera in loving memory of her mother, Alice. Alice was a first grade teacher in Avon at both Huckleberry Hill and Roaring Brook Schools. She was recently remembered as "the very, verybest teacher in Avon; so kind, understanding and caring." She was very reassuring for me, as a young mother, guiding mealong too. Alice volunteered at her church and enjoyed sewing, especially quilting. She as part of the Tuesday Crafters at church, sewing things for hospitals and for those in need. This scholarship is awarded to a student furthering their education in the field of elementary education and who has been involved in volunteering within the community.

 

AMY E. TOYEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Amy attended Avon schools from kindergarten through her graduation in 1995. She was a loyal, caring friend who was concerned about others. Not only did Amy achieve high academic success, she also was involved in the arts, enjoying playing the piano and drawing. Further, she was active in community service. The recipient of this award should have a variety of interests as well as demonstrate an involvement in community.
 
AVON LIONS RAY ZACCHERA MEMORIAL LIONS SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
This scholarship was established in memory of Ray Zacchera a long time Avon resident, who passed away in August 2007. Ray continually gave back to his community, helping to found the Avon Lions Club and serving as its first president. He was a WWII veteran and an active member in VFW Post 3272. He also served on several town building committees. He served as town selectman and town police constable, but was known for his more recent activities such as being in charge of serving coffee at the Avon Health Center and giving away his homemade chocolates. He was affectionately known as "Ray the Candy Man".
 
BRIAN COLLINGS MEMORIAL - AVON LITTLE LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP:
 
The Avon Little League Scholarship is in memory of Brian Collings, who coached and dedicated his time and talents to provide our youth an outlet of healthful activity and training in an atmosphere of community participation.
 
BERNARD COLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:
 
These scholarships are given in memory of Bernard Cole, a man who worked extremely hard to provide for his family from a vry early age. He valued the importance of getting a good education and the possession of a strong work ethic. His influence impacted the career choice that his daughter made in life. Stephanie Eason is a special education teacher at Avon High School and she has worked tirelessly with her students for many year. These awards go to students who have overcome a significant challenge during their high school career. The recipients must demonstrate maximum academic effort, perseverance and determination.
BETTY KARAMPELAS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Basil Karampelas was valedictorian of the Class of 1983. He will always be grateful for the financial support AHS provided him. Now an established investment fund advisor, he hopes to do the same for others by giving a scholarship honoring his family, especially his late mother, Betty, who was a single parent during much of Basil's time at AHS. The recipient of this award demonstrates both excellent academic achievement and strong character. 
 
COLLEEN MARTIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
Colleen Martin was a beloved Physical Education Education teacher and Coach at Avon Middle School for 26 years.  This scholarship was established in her honor and will awarded to a student who does things for others without looking for recognition. 
 
CYNTHIA R. HOPPER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
Until her death in 2015, Cindy Hopper was a long-time resident of Avon and a long-time member of the Board of Dollars for Scholars. She was involved in many other volunteer, charitable, political, and church organizations in the local area. She was a loving mother, wife and homemaker who always referred to her other occupation as being that of a "professional volunteer". This award should be given to a graduate who has shown a strong commitment to volunteer activities throughout his or her high school career as well as exhibiting integrity, good citizenship, and good scholarship.
 
THE DOUGLAS SHALLCROSS BROWN, JR & MARILYNNE FOSTER BROWN SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Douglas Shallcross Brown, Jr. was an attorney, legal publisher, and humanitarian, who had a strong passion for music. When Doug passed suddenly in 2009, this scholarship was created to honor and preserve his legacy. It is awarded to an Avon senior pursuing a career in music and/or music education, who is dedicated and hardworking, and shows promise in the field of music.
 
DR. EDWIN J. FOLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Dr. Edwin Foley was a medical doctor who graduated from Syracuse University Medical School in 1930.    He served in the US Army Medical Corps during WWII, obtained the rank of Major and participated in campaigns in Africa and Europe.  After the war, he became a successful business executive and retired as VP and Chief Medical Officer of Winthrop Labs (later Sterling Drug).   Dr. Foley was also an accomplished pianist whose love for music extended through his lifetime.  He was a true gentleman who valued educational achievement and epitomized humility, piety, self discipline, and service to others.
 
 
JAMES KEARNEY MEMORIAL LACROSSE SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Jim was the founder of the Boys' Lacrosse team at Avon High School, which he coached until his untimely death. This scholarship is given annually to a senior who exemplifies the highest ideals of sportsmanship, character, and commitment to the team - these were the ideals that Jim held most true.
 
JEREMIAH F. MCWILLIAMS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
This scholarship honors the memory of Attorney McWilliams, a long-time Avon resident who along with his wife, Miriam, volunteered their time and generosity to the Avon community. Jeremiah McWilliams served on the Avon school board 1976-1979, served on the Avon board of selectman 1979-1981, and graduated from the Avon police citizens' academy program.  Eligible students should demonstrate an interest and commitment to public service with the intent to pursue a law degree and/or government studies to support that commitment.
 
JILL A. HOPPER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
Jill, a graduate of the Class of 1988, will be remembered for her fervent motivation, passion for academics, concern for others and promise for the future. She was the highest caliber of scholar and humanitarian. She touched all she knew with her grace, exceptional character and sheer zest for life. The scholarship recipient should be an Avon High School student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and high moral character.
 
KELLY ANN HAHN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
Kelly Ann Hahn served in the capacity of paraeducator at Roaring Brook School for eight years.  She graduated from Avon High School and subsequently attended UCONN.  Kelly resided in Canton with her husband Dave and two children, Billy and Samantha. Those who worked closely with Kelly were profoundly affected by her dedication to students and staff of RBS.  Her enthusiasm for teaching students impacted those around her to strive to be better as educators.  She has left a legacy of teaching materials and modifications that continue to be used for assisting students.  Kelly will be sorely missed.
 
MARK ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Mark Roberts was a loving, supportive father, uncle, and husband.  His life was unexpectedly ended in his early 30s due to a driver taking his eye off the road "for just a spit second" and in that moment many lives were changed forever.  Mark graduated in engineering from a state university- NC State. In his honor this scholarship is to be awarded to a student attending the University of Connecticut.  
 
MELLISSA  ANNE  ANDREW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Mellissa Anne Andrew was many things to many people…classmate, teacher, captain, student, daughter, sister, friend….and she was loved by all of them. Mellissa will be missed for all she did, and for all she would have done if her life had not been tragically cut short.  "Beautiful inside and out" is a common phrase used to describe Mellissa. And it is entirely fitting. Mellissa was a stunning girl with a brilliant, ever-present smile. She had an easy spirit and a kind heart that she shared generously with others. What you saw on the outside was simply a reflection of who Mellissa was on the inside.  An avid runner and snowboarder, Mellissa loved the outdoors. The oldest of four children and one of a long line of grandchildren, Mellissa loved family. A popular friend and trusted confidante, Mellissa loved her friends.  This scholarship is given to a student who may be pursuing a degree in education, preferably special education.
 
ROBBY BRISCO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Robby Brisco was a member of the Avon High School class of 2013 and co-captain of the soccer team, a member of the track, swim, and golf teams and a wonderful person who will always be remembered for his kind spirit, perseverance and positive attitude both on and off the field.  This award goes to a determined student who regularly displays kindness to others, is respectful and courteous and has persevered and remained positive in the face of extreme adversity.
 
ROBERT B. & GLADYS AUGUST MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
In addition to strong academic success, the Robert B. August Memorial Scholarship seeks to encourage and reinforce civic responsibilities that students demonstrate in the Avon community.  Robert B. August died January 22, 2010 after a lifetime of service to the Farmington Valley.  He grew up in Avon, graduated from Simsbury High School in 1939 and from Yankton College in Yankton, SD.  Bob served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  After graduating from Georgetown Law School, he moved back to Avon to practice law in the Farmington Valley.  Bob actively participated in numerous civic and church organizations including:  Avon Lions Club, Avon Congregational Church,  a  VFW member, Avon Water Company Board of Directors, Yankton College boards and committees, Avon Republican Town Committee, Connecticut State Legislator from 1954-1960, Simsbury Bank Board of Directors, Avon United Fund co-founder and first president, and initiator of the Avon Ecumenical Breakfast. As one of Bob's pet projects, Old Avon Village is honored to offer this scholarship.
 
RUTH HOGAN KOTLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
This scholarship is established in the memory of Ruth Hogan Kotler, who died of metastatic breast cancer on November 5, 2011. She was 47 years old and left behind her husband, her son, age 15 and her daughter, age 13. She also left her parents, in-laws, 9 brothers and sisters along with their spouses and countless friends and co-workers. Ruth attended Stonehill College as an undergraduate, majoring in Biology, then the Yale university Physician Associate Program. Ruth became a Physician Assistant, specializing as a Neurosurgical PA  at the UCONN Health Center.  Ruth was a woman of great strength and courage. She valiantly fought her illness with grace and dignity, but also with dogged determination. Always with a smile on her face, Ruth persevered in her daily struggle with breast cancer for 10 years. Ruth never let it get in the way of her favorite activity; cheering on her children from the sidelines of their sporting activities. Ruth is remembered most for her devotion to her family.  Applicants for this scholarship must demonstrate how he or she has been affected by breast cancer in some way. 
 
SANDY JAREM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
This scholarship is in memory and honor of Sandy Jarem, a kind, spirited, creative, and thoughtful wife, mother, and friend. Sandy was a familiar face in the office for Pine Grove School families and staff for over two decades and was always quick with a smile or a hug. She was a selfless individual who dedicated her life to helping others in countless ways. Her friendly, welcoming attitude and deep love for family and friends set an example for all to follow. The recipient of this scholarship will share in these attributes.
 
SHERRIE KREVOLIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Sherrie Krevolin was a loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law and aunt who taught elementary math and science for 31 years in the Dallas, Texas school system.  she was a tremendous educator and was passionate about her students to the point where she would go to the children's homes to help them with their homework.  Sherrie loved watching all sports, especially her Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.  She loved traveling the world with her family and friends.  This scholarship is dedicated for young women who are interested in math, science or teaching.
 
STANLEY BARNETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
This scholarship is to be awarded to an Avon High School graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher seeking a college education in a law enforcement related field with priorty given to the descendant of a law enforcement officer/official.
 
THOMAS MURPHY, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
Thomas Murphy, Jr. was an individual committed to his community, his religious beliefs, multiple charitable works and his profession.  Well-accomplished in his field of public accounting, Thomas strived to extend his expertise to students and was considered a mentor to many. This scholarship, among others at various educational institutions, would have brought him the greatest pleasure. The recipient of this scholarship exemplifies these standards and has a commitment to exuding the highest integrity in every aspect of life.
 
THOMAS J. MCGUFF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
 
Tom McGuff was a successful engineer and executive who fervently supported youth, education, the sciences and engineering. Honoring his memory, his family has established this memorial scholarship, which is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in engineering or science.
 
WILLIAM H. AND JAMES A. HARRIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
William H. and James A. Harris both attended Avon High School. This scholarship also honors their grandfather, who was President of Central CT State University for 39 years. The award goes to a student who will be attending CCSU. 
 
ROTARY OF AVON-CANTON DONALD B. STUDLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 
 
This scholarship honors Mr. Studley, who in 1977 presented to the Rotary Club the idea of starting an Avon Chapter of Dollars for Scholars. By 1978, it was a reality. He led the chapter for many years and remained as Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2005. He believed in "giving back" and volunteered not only in Avon, but also in service to our country.