For Immediate Release
May 31, 2018

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Thirteen $2,500 College Equals Opportunity Scholarships Awarded Today

Concord, N.H. — Thirteen current college students from New Hampshire were awarded a College Equals Opportunity (CEO) scholarship at a recognition breakfast this morning at The NHHEAF Network Organizations in Concord. During the breakfast, the Organizations, along with New Hampshire business leaders, awarded $2,500 scholarships to rising college juniors and seniors, each who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, a commitment to civic engagement, and academic excellence. Since its inception in 2004, the CEO program has awarded $400,000 in scholarships to 101 college students from New Hampshire. Keynote remarks were delivered by CEO Sponsor and President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, Tom Raffio.

The CEO Scholarship recipients for 2018 include:

  • Rachel Avery (New Boston), University of New Hampshire – Manchester; English and History
  • Christin Badylak-Reals (Plymouth), University of New Hampshire; Mechanical Engineering
  • Nimesh Bhattarai (Manchester), University of New Hampshire; Chemical Engineering
  • Hope Cataldo (North Haverhill), Rivier University; Elementary Education
  • Matthew Donovan (Deerfield), Rivier University; Finance
  • Francis Gesel (Lancaster), University of New Hampshire; Exercise Science
  • Mackenzie Kewley (Londonderry), Saint Anselm College; Psychology
  • Hannah Nelson (Weare), New England College; Communications
  • Arju Parajuli (Manchester), University of New Hampshire – Manchester; Biotechnology
  • Brandon Richardson (Concord), University of New Hampshire – Manchester; Neuropsychology
  • Devin Taves (Durham), University of New Hampshire; Health Science
  • Elias Tyrrel-Walker (Henniker), University of New Hampshire; English Literature
  • Colby Wygant (Hudson), Rivier University; Early Childhood Education

The 2018 CEO sponsors attending the breakfast included:

  • Alexander Technology Group, Jason Alexander
  • Cookson Strategic Communications, Matt Cookson
  • Granite United Way, Patrick Tufts
  • Northeast Delta Dental, Tom Raffio
  • Sulloway and Hollis PLLC, Peter Imse
  • Windham Professionals, The Sheehan Family

The 2018 College Equals Opportunity Scholarship recipients with The NHHEAF Network Organizations’ President & CEO René A. Drouin and CEO sponsors.

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