Branford Community Foundation Awards $37,000 in Scholarships

Although the ceremony was via Zoom this year, the Branford High School scholarship awardees were no less impressive. The Branford Community Foundation was honored to provide awards to 29 graduating seniors from Branford High School.

These impressive students were selected according to a variety of qualifications, from academic excellence to sportsmanship to career intentions, and have finished their high school career under the most extreme and isolating conditions.

Awardees by scholarship:

Austin Ryer Memorial Scholarship: Emerie Salinas

Bob Dow Scholar-Athlete Scholarship: Minsok Lee

Cathyann Roding Performing Arts Scholarship: Benjamin Clouse

Celia Whorf Wheeler Scholarship: Cleo Hazen

Williams Owens, Jr. and Attorney Robert M. Owens Scholarship: Eric Lin

George Barone Scholarship: Spencer Landsbach,

George D. Malcolm Memorial Award: Elizabeth Bartlett & Reilly Girard

James MacVeigh Scholarship: Karly King

Jim and Carol Redden Memorial Scholarship: Daniel DeCerbo-O’Brien

John B. Sliney Memorial Scholarship: Busra Ozkan & Kubra Ozkan

Joyce Watson Potts & Carl E. Potts Memorial Scholarship: Emma Gallagher

Kendra Martin Scholarship: Camdyn Dunn

Linda Edsall Winward Scholarship: Riyanshu Bam

Mari-Ellen Reed Nursing Scholarship: Maribel Yanzaguano

Mary Palumbo and Lenore Palumbo Robbins Scholarship: Austin Bui, Jason Hackett, Abigail Pawlowicz, & Celia Turbert

Maureen Gustafson Scholarship: Emily Rosenberg

P.J. Ferriolo Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Wetmore

Philip A. DeLise Scholarship: Max Padian

Vincent S. Gordiano Sr. Scholarship: Sean Kelly, Peter Nazario

Sally Slater BHS Scholarship: Adrienne Dillon

Torello Family Scholarship:  Sean Kelly

William Schwanfelder Scholarship: Christian Bjork & Violet Smiarowski

Born in the aftermath of 9/11 and stepping out into adulthood during a global pandemic, the Branford Community Foundation salutes the extraordinary and resilient class of 2020. These graduates will forge a remarkable path.

For more information about the Branford Community Foundation, including how to establish a permanent legacy fund such as a scholarship fund, visit our website at