High School Seniors Encouraged to Apply for PENTA Leadership Scholarship

WESTBOROUGH _ PENTA Communications, Inc. announced today that it is accepting applications for its 2013 Female Leadership Scholarship.

The Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Scholarship is awarded each year to an exceptional female senior at Westborough High School (WHS), who exemplifies leadership in academia, extra curricular activities, and community service during her high school years.

This scholarship, which is in its 8th year, has been awarded to young women with future aspirations to be physicians, educators, managers, newscasters, and international delegates.

“We are continually impressed by the quality of applicants each year,” said Deborah Penta, CEO, PENTA Communications. “Many of the young women who apply are high achievers who also care deeply about, and volunteer in their communities.”

Last year’s recipient, Sneha Subramaniam, exemplified the qualities of a well-rounded young leader. She had near perfect SAT scores and achieved academic excellence in her high school classes. She tutored high school and middle school students in math and science and was instrumental in bringing the US Biology Olympiad to WHS. Subramaniam’s goal is to be a doctor and she is currently a freshman at ColumbiaUniversity in New York, where she is majoring in biomedical engineering.

Since the scholarship’s inception, it has been awarded to seven outstanding young women including: the 2011 scholarship recipient Katherine “Kasey” Packer, who attends Georgetown University majoring in International Relations; 2010 recipient Madeline “Maddie” Fryer, who enrolled in John Hopkins University to major in Public Health Studies; 2009 recipient Lindsay Poole, who continued on to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to major in Broadcast Journalism; 2008 recipient Kathryn Emily Wilchynski, who attended Northeastern University to become a mathematics teacher; 2007 recipient Nicole Pasternak Flynn, who enrolled in Villanova University with the goal of majoring in law or politics, and the first Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Scholarship recipient, Emily Walsh, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stonehill College with a major in Biology and minor in chemistry. Emily then continued on to the University of North Carolina’s graduate program, with the goal of acquiring a degree in Genetic Counseling.

WHS female seniors are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 scholarship and applications are being accepted now through April 1. Criteria to apply for the scholarship includes three letters of recommendation from faculty members or those who can detail the applicant’s qualities at WHS with her participation on team(s), committee(s) or place of employment; a current resume indicating academic standing, and all activities and leadership achievements; a listing of any charitable work the applicant has completed during her high school years;  and a 200-word essay explaining why the applicant feels she should receive the scholarship. The deadline for all applications to be received is Monday, April 1.

Applicants should mail their submissions to: The Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Scholarship Committee, PENTA Communications, Inc., 182 Turnpike Rd., Westborough, MA01581.