BELLINGHAM â€” The Belling-ham Business Association (BBA) has announced this year's winners of two $1,500 scholarships. These scholarships are offered to Bellingham residents who are graduating from high school and will be going on to higher education.
One of the recipients, Maria Mendez, is a graduate of Bellingham High School and will be attending Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley, Mass. this fall to major in business.
"When I first started at Bellingham High School I was doing really bad, but then I got pregnant. I realized that it wasn't all about me and that I had to focus on my daughter, Jasmine," Mendez said. "I wanted her to know that I had finished high school and college."
Mendez says sheâ€™s excited about the future and hopes to go into business when she finishes college.
"I'm already saving up so I can help other young moms who are struggling like I did,â€ť she added. â€śI didn't even know how to take care of myself, but I've learned. My family has really supported me, and I'm the first one in my family to graduate from high school."
The other recipient, Lindsey Lamphere, is a graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Mass. She will be attending Nichols College in Worcester this fall to major in marketing.
"When I attended Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School my studies had a business focus," she said. "I liked marketing and found that I could be creative in it. I like to create things."
She is presently working two jobs this summer and looking forward to getting to college.
"I've already met students at Nichols College during orientation, so I know that even if I struggle with classes, there will be people to help me out," she said.
The BBA is a non-profit group of local business professionals who believe strongly in giving back to the community they serve.