Vestal Hills Memorial Park Helps Teens Realize Their Dreams

Vestal Hills Memorial Park
3997 Vestal Road
Vestal, NY 13850

For Immediate Release:  April 9, 2012

Contact: Bernard E. Stoecklein Jr.          1-800-CMS-1981

High school seniors face intense competition for acceptance into colleges and universities and rising tuition costs add to their stress. The Board of Trustees of Vestal Hills Memorial Park understands the challenges that today’s teens face and is committed to helping them realize their dreams of pursuing higher education and ultimately their chosen careers. Vestal Hills, in conjunction with its affiliate The Realize Your Dream Foundation, recently awarded scholarships to three local students.

Ariana Rose Tagliaferri, of Binghamton, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. The daughter of Gerardo and Lisa Tagliaferri, Ariana Rose is a senior at Binghamton High School who plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Jessica Kemmerling, of Owego, was the recipient of a $1,000 Realize Your Dream scholarship. Jessica, who is a senior at Owego Free Academy, plans to attend Syracuse University and to major in Advertising. She is the daughter of Kurt and Audra Kemmerling.

Vestal Memorial Park’s trustees awarded Brittney Nicole Richardson, of Vestal, a $1,000 scholarship. Brittany is a senior at Vestal High School who plans to major in psychology at Suny Geneseo or the University of Scranton. She is the daughter of Connie Fisher and Wayne Richardson.

“We are very pleased to award scholarships to these three talented students,” said Bernard E. Stoecklein Jr., president of Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The Realize Your Dream scholarship was created for students who display a zest for life, a thirst for knowledge, a need to achieve, the courage to make tough decisions and the confidence to stand alone.  It is presented in the belief that a striving, committed person can utilize the wisdom acquired through learning to make a difference in their own life as well as in the lives of others. These three young women exhibit all of those qualities.”

The Realize Your Dream Foundation provides financial support to local high school seniors pursuing collegiate studies in communities in which CMS-affiliated cemeteries and memorial parks are located. For consideration, students are required to complete the scholarship application and maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

For more information about the Realize Your Dream Foundation’s scholarship opportunities contact Vestal Hills Memorial Park at 607-797-8407.

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