Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut to Award $20K in Scholarships

The Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut (UCAC) will award $20K in cash awards to seventeen students on Wednesday, July 17th, 2024, at the Farmington Polo Club in Farmington, Connecticut. The scholarship recipients include five children of UCAC members and twelve students of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS). The scholarships will be presented to the winners at the UCAC Scholarship Awards Dinner, which is a wonderful opportunity for industry professionals to celebrate the next generation of tradespeople.

Gigi Dimauro, Grady Lacourciere, Anthony LaFata, Elena Rose and Hunter Sanchez were selected as recipients of UCAC Member Scholarships. Gigi Dimauro, a homeschooled student, is the daughter of UCAC’s executive director. Grady Lacourciere, son of UCAC Member Tom Lacourciere (Superior Products Distributors) recently graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Anthony LaFata (A&D Equipment) attended Guilford High School. A recent graduate of Avon High School, Elena Rose is the daughter of UCAC Member Pete Rose (Talcott View Development). Hunter Sanchez attended Lyman Memorial High School and is the son of UCAC Member Phillip Sanchez (Garrity Asphalt).

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UCAC will also award $1K cash scholarships to twelve students graduating from CTECS schools across the state. The students selected include Casey Ferron (Architecture, Platt); Kevin Pena (Automotive Collision, Repair & Refinishing, A.I. Prince); Lara Pedrosa-Ramos (Automotive Technology, Windham); Alana Pimentel (Carpentry, Henry Abbott); Samuel Suchecki (Electrical, Windham); Cristian Montalvo (Electronics, Wilcox); Fredy Nunez (HVAC, Henry Abbott); Samuel Baez (Masonry, Bullard-Havens); Claudia Hernaiz Lopez (Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology, E.C. Goodwin); Eduardo Jimenez (Plumbing & Heating, A.I. Prince); Niyah Newell (Precision Machining Technology, Emmett O’Brien) and Alex Balkcom (Welding, Ella T. Grasso).

“Our partnership with the Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut is a prime example of how associations and companies can make a positive impact on individual students and the trades,” said Brent McCartney, Education Consultant for CTECS.

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UCAC has offered member scholarships to the children of members for decades and expanded their reach in 2022 by partnering with the CTECS system. The UCAC Scholarship Committee solicited teacher recommendations from thirteen programs across seventeen CTECS schools. Each student supplemented the teacher recommendation with an essay and the Committee selected the twelve recipients from a pool of over thirty applicants. Committee members David Duff, Barb Dimauro, Brent McCartney, Dwight Burnham, Kevin Plourde and Kirby Bombard were extremely impressed with the response and the energy, enthusiasm and accomplishments of the applicants.

The expansion of the UCAC Scholarship Program was made possible through the generosity of many UCAC members and friends and was funded through the Annual Scholarship Auction held each November, as well as other initiatives and donations throughout the year. UCAC is deeply committed to giving back to the community and to contributing to workforce development in the trades. UCAC President David Stavens of Barber Utilities reinforced the association’s mission: “Our members, supporters and donors have been extremely positive about our increased commitment to the UCAC Scholarship Program. This Awards Dinner is a highlight of our year!”

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UCAC welcomes guests from the utility construction industry, other trades and the CTECS system to join us at the Scholarship Awards Dinner on July 17th at the Farmington Polo Club to celebrate these students. Tickets and sponsorships are available online: https://ucac.org/ucac-scholarship-awards-2024/.