Bangor grads to receive Tramuto scholarships
The Tramuto Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by Ogunquit resident Donato Tramuto, has traditionally presented an $8,000 college scholarship each spring to one deserving member of the senior class at Wells High School and Bangor High School. Earlier this year Foundation board members voted to increase the amount of its individual scholarship to $20,000 over four years. And, in consideration of the exceptional caliber of student applications they received from both schools in 2017, they doubled the number of scholarships to a total of four.
“Each year the members of the Foundation’s scholarship subcommittee are impressed by the quality of students from both schools who apply for the Tramuto Foundation annual scholarship,” according to Tramuto. “But this year we received such a uniquely strong pool of candidates that our board decided to award the new, increased scholarship totaling $20,000 to two deserving members of the Class of 2017 at both Wells High School and Bangor High School.”
Since the founding of the Tramuto Foundation, nearly 50 U.S students have been selected for the scholarship program and nearly 200 students in other countries have been educated in the English language.
On May 17, Tramuto attended Bangor High School’s Academic Awards ceremony to present the two Tramuto Foundation scholarships to graduating seniors, Onyekachukwu ‘Onyeka’ Eyimegwu and Oliver Higgins.
Onyeka moved to Bangor last fall with his father from Nigeria. While adjusting to a different culture in a new homeland, Onyeka evolved into an accomplished student at Bangor High School and was accepted into several advanced level classes. He became a valued member of the state championship boys’ varsity soccer team and was also active in his church community. Onyeka plans to study pre-pharmacy in college.
Described by his teachers as a ‘model student’, Oliver was the president of BHS Student Council and in this capacity organized food drives, blood drives and a benefit dinner for needy students. Oliver will attend Maine Maritime Academy and will major in business logistics.
For more information about the Tramuto Foundation, visit: www.tramutofoundation.com.