Town Council member Charlie Keniston presented a resolution of commendation to Amber Bilodeau, who was awarded the Stephen A. Flis Scholarship, Tuesday night.
The scholarship is named after former Farmington Town Manager Stephen Flis and is awarded to a Farmington High School senior seeking a degree in public administration or public service.
Keniston noted that Farmington is raising young people who are engaged in helping the community.
“Not only are they getting a good education but they’re becoming very civic-minded as well,” Keniston said.
Amber, a senior at headed to Seton Hall University, addressed the council and audience with gratitude.
“First, I cannot thank the scholarship committee, Stephen Flis and other members who contributed, enough,” she said. “I’m honored and really appreciate this. Giving back has really changed me and made me who I am today."
She also thanked the Farmington Public Schools and town government for giving students so many opportunities.
The resolution of commendation states:
WHEREAS, the Stephen A. Flis Scholarship was established in 1985 and dedicated to Stephen A. Flis, who served as Town Manager of the Town of Farmington from 1955 to 1985, and
WHEREAS, the scholarship was established for Farmington residents seeking a college degree in Public Administration and/or Public Service, and
WHEREAS, Amber Bilodeau of Farmington submitted her application to the Stephen A. Flis Scholarship Committee, and
WHEREAS, the Stephen A. Flis Scholarship Committee unani- mously chose Amber Bilodeau’s application and has approved a scholarship award of $500.00, and
WHEREAS, Amber’s service as Recreational Director at Middle Woods Assisted Living, meal service at AIDs Hospice and for the homeless, UConn Health Center Christmas party for the mentally challenged, her summer in STATT Lab, and Habitat for Humanity, and
WHEREAS, Amber Bilodeau will be attending Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where she intends to receive a degree as a Physician Assistant through which she can continue her dedication to public service.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Farmington Town Council commends Amber Bilodeau on her scholarship award and hereby encourages her continued success with her future studies.
Dated at Farmington, Connecticut this 8th day of May 2012.
Jeffrey J. Hogan Chair
Farmington Town Council