Greenwich teen is 2017 highest scholarship recipient

Aalesha Morris, member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich (BGCG) since age six, was selected by the BGCG Scholarship Committee as the 2017 Torch Club Scholarship recipient, the highest scholarship award level the Club offers at $10,000. Aalesha was surprised and expressed her gratitude after recovering from a joyful cry, “Oh my goodness, thank you so much! This is incredible!”

The Torch Scholarship has been established to recognize academic excellence as well as dedicated service to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be active members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich for at least two years or have been employed by BGCG for two years and entering their senior year at a college or university with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.

Aalesha’s parents were with her when she received the news that she was the 2017 Torch Scholarship recipient. Aalesha’s mother, Georgia, expressed her gratitude by shedding motherly tears. She said she was proud of her daughter, and that she told her often to ‘dream big’ and reach for the sky. “If all you get is a cloud, you know that you are higher than you ever thought.” Aalesha attends the University of Connecticut and maintains a G.P.A. of 3.2 and majors in Business Administration and minors in Management.

The scholarship committee, led by co-chairs Sally Lawrence and Chris Winham, board members and community leaders reviewed the essays, recommendations, grade reports and profiles of thirty-nine applicants. Preference is given to applicants based on the number of years he or she has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich as well as the applicant’s continued participation and commitment to the Club. Scholarship requesters wrote essays, gathered recommendations and interviewed with Board members. This year, $138,500 was awarded to thirty-nine Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich members who applied for the scholarship. Their scholarships will be allocated directly to their choice of college.

BGCG CEO Bobby Walker, Jr., a former educator said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this level of assistance to a deserving member. Aalesha embodies all that we hope Club kids aspire to be and do.” The Torch Club scholarship committee sees that Aalesha is driven, focused and goal oriented. They see that she has a plan for her life and they believe she will achieve it. To be eligible for this scholarship, kids must be a member of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich for a minimum of two years. Donations to the Scholarship program can be made online at http://bgcg.org/donate/ or by calling 203-869-3224.

2017 Boys & Girls Club Greenwich Scholarship committee and BGCG Board members with winner Aalesha Morris. Starting left, Lisa Quackenbush, Sally Lawrence, Aalesha Morris, Sally Lawrence and Patricia Santonocito. — Photo contributed by Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

2017 Boys & Girls Club Greenwich Scholarship committee and BGCG Board members with winner Aalesha Morris. Starting left, Lisa Quackenbush, Sally Lawrence, Aalesha Morris, Sally Lawrence and Patricia Santonocito. — Photo contributed by Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

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