For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

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College Equals Opportunity Scholarship Program Awards $25,000

Concord, N.H.– The NHHEAF Network Organizations recognized New Hampshire college student leaders at its College Equals Opportunity (CEO) scholarship recognition breakfast on Thursday, June 9. In partnership with outstanding business leaders from New Hampshire companies, the CEO scholarship program awarded $2,500 scholarships to ten rising college juniors and seniors, each who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, commitment to service and academic excellence. Since its inception in 2004, the CEO program has awarded $345,000 in scholarships.

The 2016 CEO sponsors attending the breakfast included:

  • Alexander Technology Group, Jason Alexander
  • Business NH Magazine, Heidi Copeland
  • Eastern Bank, Joseph Reilly
  • Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, Chris Mulleavey
  • Cookson Strategies, Matt Cookson
  • Northeast Delta Dental, Tom Raffio
  • Windham Professionals, Christine Barry

CEO Scholars 2016

Photo Caption: The 2016 College Equals Opportunity Scholarship recipients with The NHHEAF Network Organizations’ President & CEO René Drouin and CEO sponsors. Recipients include:

  • Kes Michaela Baker of Moultonborough (Susquehanna University)
  • Samantha Church of Epping (University of Baltimore)
  • Jonathan Gonsalves of Nashua (University of New Hampshire – Manchester)
  • Alyssa Guinn of Allenstown (New England College)
  • Nancy Hamel of Manchester (Granite State College)
  • Luke Hynes of Windham (Southern New Hampshire University)
  • Vanessa Russell of Litchfield (University of New Hampshire – Manchester)
  • Danica Thoroughgood of Center Barnstead (Franklin Pierce University)
  • Jessica Vintinner-Robinson of Rochester (Springfield College)
  • Ashlynn Wing of Bennington (New England College)

For more information about the CEO Program or to nominate a business leader to participate, visit or visit The NHHEAF Network Organizations online at