For Immediate Release
May 26, 2020

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College Equals Opportunity (CEO) Scholarships Awarded to Seven New Hampshire College Students by Concord Nonprofit

Concord, N.H. — Seven current college students from New Hampshire have each been awarded a $5,000 College Equals Opportunity (CEO) scholarship by The NHHEAF Network, a Concord-based nonprofit. The recipients, rising college juniors and seniors, have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, a commitment to civic engagement, and academic excellence.

In collaboration with state business leaders who serve as sponsors for the scholarship program, The NHHEAF Network has awarded $495,000 in scholarships to 120 New Hampshire college students since 2005.

The 2020 CEO Scholarship recipients include:

  • Quinn Boyce (Pittsfield, NH) – Plymouth State University
  • Kelly Cunningham (Manchester, NH) - Colby-Sawyer College
  • Riley Dionne (Barrington, NH) – University of New Hampshire
  • Janelle Fassi (Goffstown, NH) – Saint Anselm College
  • Colette Rinker (Keene, NH) – Keene State College
  • Hannah Rudolph (Franklin, NH) – University of New Hampshire
  • Cecilia Souza (Salem, NH) – Rivier University

“We are delighted to recognize these outstanding students with a CEO scholarship,” states NHHEAF Network President & CEO Christiana Thornton. “These students have worked diligently to serve their communities and our state. We are pleased these seven recipients will continue to develop their leadership skills and become a vital part of New Hampshire’s growth moving forward.”

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) Network has nearly 60 years of experience in helping New Hampshire families plan and pay for higher education.

For more information about the CEO Program, visit and for more information about The NHHEAF Network, visit