We are pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Nine Mile Point scholarship to students of Nine Mile Point employees as one way to assist in helping their sons and daughters receive a college education. This year, two undergraduate scholarships are being awarded worth a maximum of $6,000 and one fellowship being awarded worth a maximum of $3,000. The scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievement, aptitude and personal qualities such as character and leadership ability.
The program awards two undergraduate level scholarships each year and one fellowship every other year. A scholarship review committee from SUNY Oswego selected the recipients and had a challenging task because of the quality of the scholarship applicants.
Undergraduate Scholarship Awards
Ashton Ariola, daughter of Jim Ariola, Sr. Maintenance Scheduler, is a graduating senior from Mexico High School. Ashton has been a member of several societies and clubs, in which she held positions including president of the class of 2018 each year of high school, member of German National Honor Society each year of high school and serving as its president this year, member of the German Club in which she has held the position of treasurer, member of math honor society and is currently the vice president of the organization, currently the president of her high school chapter of National Honor Society, and a member of her high school's student council.
She has won many academic awards. To name a few, valedictorian of her class eighth through twelfth grade; Thirteen scholastic "M" awards for having the highest average in thirteen different subjects throughout high school; recipient of the US Airforce Award for Excellence in Math and Science; RPI Medalist and a recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and lastly, she was selected to be ambassador at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in tenth grade.
Ashton is also very involved with soccer and track. She has been a starter on her varsity soccer team since eighth grade. She served as captain her junior and senior year, and was named MVP her sophomore and senior year. She made second team all-league her sophomore year, first team all-league in both junior and senior year and the all-section 3 team as a senior. Ashton has been in track for three years. She is the school record holder in the 55m hurdles in tenth grade and was named MVP in eleventh grade. She was named Mexico High School's athlete of the year as a junior.
Ashton has volunteered the past five years at the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome in Syracuse. She has helped set up the venue, run games for the children, hand out food, dress up in costumes to interact with the children and some years participated in the walk itself. Community service is extremely valuable to Ashton and has influenced her personal ethical growth.
Ashton will be attending Hobart and William Smith College.
Alaina McMahon, is the daughter of James McMahon, Equipment Operator, and is a graduating senior from Oswego High School. Each year of high school she has made the Top 25 of her class signifying that her grades have placed her at the top of her class. As a junior, Alaina was inducted into the National Honor Society, which she was a part of in middle school also.
Alaina participated in junior varsity and varsity tennis, and varsity indoor track for four years. In both indoor track and tennis she received the Scholar Athlete Award that congratulates those participating in varsity level sports for maintaining academic excellence throughout the season. As a senior she was one of the captains for both the indoor track and tennis teams. In addition to participating in sports, Alaina was also a part of the All-County Orchestra Festival for her freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
Alaina is active in her community. She has served lunches at the Salvation Army and has also made quilts with women at her church. These quilts are sent overseas to those in need through Lutheran World Relief. Of the many service opportunities she has participated in, the one that changed her the most as a person was working with her brother to help spread awareness about malaria, and in the process collecting over a thousand dollars in donation. This money was used to purchase mosquito nets to send to Africa. This activity changed Alaina's outlook on the world, she has remembered to be fortunate for all she has and every opportunity she has been given.
Alaina would like to attend SUNY Oswego.
Kerrigan Cummins, is the daughter of Sam Cummins, Outage System Scheduler, and is graduating from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies with a concentration in Human Movement Sciences. Her minor is Psychology. She has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and has a stellar academic record, as well as a considerable list of volunteer and co-curricular experiences. Kerrigan participated in a number of service-related activities, including tutoring, Bonas Buddies, Women in Sports, and Olean Food Pantry. Kerrigan is not only dedicated to her academic scholarship, but also understands the importance of giving back and sharing her gifts with others.
Kerrigan served as goalie for her lacrosse team and three years ago suffered a serious knee injury. She had no idea if she would play ever again. She underwent arthroscopic surgery and was able to recover. Her path to recovery though, was not all that it should have been. She enjoyed the atmosphere of her therapist's office and she learned a lot but was not brought back to running condition in time for fall training. This time in her life is what helped her gain the momentum to figure out her true calling in life. She switched her major to human movement science and dove into the physical therapy world headfirst.
Kerrigan will be completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of the Sciences or the University of Rhode Island.