Congratulations to our Bunnell High School scholarship recipient of 2017, Jessica Taliercio! Jessica is a Stratford senior and will be attending Quinnipiac University this fall. She is majoring in Mathematics in the 5 year Secondary Education program.
Jessica told us, “I am truly honored and so blessed to say that I was awarded with the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund Scholarship! Words cannot express how grateful I am. I want to thank the Soto family and all who are involved in the foundation for giving me such an amazing opportunity. I cannot wait to be a part of all you do. This award means more to me than you know. I promise that I will work hard in school and one day be the best teacher I can be. Vicki is such an inspiration to me. She is a true hero and I hope I can be just like her and follow in her footsteps. I promise I will carry on her legacy and I will continue to follow her mantra “Live. Laugh. Love.” every day. I am so excited to become a teacher and inspire the youth, as Vicki inspires me.”
Jessica’s scholarship application and essay stood out from the rest. When we first met her for an interview, we knew she was the right person for this scholarship. We are already so proud and honored to have Jessica as part of our Team Vicki family. We know she will be an exceptional teacher and carry on Vicki’s legacy. We wish Jessica all the best in college this fall!
Congratulations to our first national scholarship recipient of 2017, Katie Harvey! Katie is a senior at Lehigh Senior High School in Florida and will be attending Flagler College in the fall. She will major in Elementary Education and will minor in Theater. Katie wrote about her admiration for her teachers and her childhood dream of being a teacher in her essay application, “Holidays and birthdays, of course, will not be taken lightly.” Her love of teaching and compassion for children reminds us so much of Vicki.
Katie said, “I am beyond grateful for this wonderful award. To even have been considered for this scholarship has been an honor. I have looked forward to becoming a teacher for the longest time, thinking of all of the small things I can do to make kids smile. I can guarantee that, whether it be through flamingo decorations or a “live, laugh, love” poster on the wall, Vicki’s legacy will live on through my classroom.”
Thank you to our good friend Jay Gorzelany who drove to Katie’s high school and surprised her in front of her principle, assistant principle, teacher and her entire class!! Katie was “floored” as Jay said and was so excited to get this prestigious award. Great things are in store for Katie and we wish her all the best at college this fall!
Look at all those books!! We are so happy to have the reading specialist from Stratford public schools come to our office for their bi-monthly meeting and leave with bags of books for their schools. All these books were donated to our book drive last weekend! When you donate books they go directly back into the community! Thank you always for your support!
The book drive was a success!! Thank you to everyone who came down today! Miss Soto’s Library is stocked and ready for Stratford reading teachers to come and take books for their classrooms! Thank you to our awesome group of volunteers who sorted through over a 1,000 books and to everyone who dropped books off today!
We have begun the process of reading scholarship applications. You still have time to get yours in. Connecticut and National applications are still being accepted, as long as they are postmarked by May 1, 2017. This is an exciting time for us, as we love to help future educators! Applications are available on our website here. Apply today!
Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to 99 restaurant in Stratford to raise money for our foundation. Our hometown 99 has been fantastic in their support! They have supported the Vicki Soto 5K every year bringing steak tips and soup. They have also continued to host many dinner fundraiser events. Please show your support for this restaurant and our foundation!
Tomorrow night, come down to 99 restaurant in Stratford! Dine and support the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. Doing great things in the name of education and literacy!
We need your support! We are looking for elementary school books to stock Stratford teachers classrooms and libraries. Come by on April 29th to show support for our teachers by giving them the tools for literacy that they desperately need!