5 grads receive $7,500 in Jim Pagano scholarships

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The Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation awarded $7,500 in college scholarships over the last two weeks to five graduating seniors from Cranston West, Cranston East, and the New England Laborers/CPS Construction and Career Academy.

Scholarship awards were based on academic merit, behavior, attendance, and overall achievement while in school, taking into consideration extracurricular activities and community service. Each student was presented a $1,500 scholarship at an honors awards ceremony.

“The selection criteria were based on the values of commitment and achievement in school and in life as values leading to good character,” said Rose Pagano, Jim’s mother and vice president of the foundation. “My son, Jimmy, strongly encouraged these values with his own two children, and it is those values the Foundation hopes to promote in students this year and hopefully years to come.”

Kelsey Carreiro, a student at the NEL/CPS Construction and Career Academy, was presented the scholarship at the school’s honors night on May 16. She plans to attend Rhode Island College full time in the fall.

Awards on May 17 were presented to two Cranston East seniors, Eve Francazio and Yelitza Montesino, attending St. Anselm College and Providence College respectively. On May 23 at Cranston West’s ceremony, Jean Pagano of the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation awarded the scholarships to Gemma Downing and James McHenry. Gemma will be attending Salve Regina University and James will be attending URI.

Jean, a Foundation board member and Jim’s sister, stated this in her CHSW presentation:

“As a proud graduate of CHSW class of 1982, Jim would be beaming with pride that we are able to assist seniors in furthering their dreams. And while his life was cut short in 2008, he always emphasized academic achievement, sports participation, community involvement and kindness to all while he was alive. It is the purpose of the Foundation and these scholarships to honor Jim’s legacy, propel those values important to him among our community youth, and promote courage, confidence and good moral character in life’s pursuits.”

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