PORT CHESTER, N.Y. The Port Chester Carver Center has awarded this year's Kelly Grants of $2,500 to go towards college applications to Port Chester High School rising seniors Jason Ippolito and Astrid Vargas.
The Kelly grant is given by an anonymous donor and in the past has been used for college application fees, college visits, SAT prep courses and exam fees, AP exam fees, and pre-college enrichment courses.
This is the second year the Carver Center has been able to offer such a grant, and we were very pleased and impressed with the high caliber of students applying for it. It was a very competitive application process and every student who applied was exceptionally talented and presented very well, stated Kerry Walsh, executive director of the Carver Center.
Both award winners are active within the Port Chester community and perform strongly in the classroom. Vargas is fluent in three languages, while Ippolino has earned high honor roll two years running. Vargas and Ippolino are also both scholar-athletes. Ippolino has won awards in football, baseball and wrestling, while Vargas plays softball and tennis.
High School guidance counselor Andrea Davis called Ippolino a scholar and a gentleman.
"I have always been impressed with his maturity, ability, work ethic and can-do attitude. He has been involved in a variety of sports at the high school throughout his high school career including wrestling, baseball and football," Davis said.
Vargas' guidance counselor Stacy Wolf said Vargas is motivated to be the first in her family to attend college.
"Astrid is great. She is a self-advocate and is motivated to attend college and achieve great success. She is caring, focused, and not only wants to do well herself, but to help others achieve their goals as well," Wolf said.
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