The Niagara Orleans Counselors Association (NOCA) recently awarded scholarships to seven high school seniors.
Congratulations go to:
Leah Manth from Manth Tonawanda received NOCA's Phoenix Scholarship.
Caroline Madonia from Starpoint received the association's Niagara University Scholarship.
Leah Sheelar from Medina received the association's Career & Tech Ed Scholarship.
Grace Masse from Medina received the association's Genesee Community College Scholarship.
Kirsten Bowers from Niagara Wheatfield and Erin Harrington from Newfane both received a NOCA Merit Scholarship.
Sydney Watier from Newfane received the association's Niagara County Community College Scholarship.
The winners were chosen based on their grades, attendance, community service and school involvement, according to Amy Scapelliti, NOCA vice president and scholarship committee chair.
NOCA is a partnership of school counselors, college representatives, and human service agency representatives that meet throughout the school year to network, information share and receive professional development.
The scholarships were awarded at the association's May luncheon at Danny Sheehan's Steakhouse in Lockport. They are funded in part by Niagara County Community College, which hosts a college fair every September and donates proceeds of booth rentals to NOCA's scholarship fund, according to co-president Julie VanBourgondien from Starpoint High School.