Weller Foundation Announces Finalists for $15K Scholarship Award

Michael J. Smith, chairman of the Weller Foundation, congratulated Ariana Wilson (left) and Laurie Salustri. The two Masuk High School seniors were selected as finalists to compete for the $15,000 scholarship in honor of the late Barton L. Weller, founder of Vitramon, Inc., in Monroe.

MONROE — Two Masuk High School seniors were selected as finalists to compete for the $15,000 scholarship in honor of the late Barton L. Weller, founder of Vitramon, Inc., in Monroe. They are Laurie Salustri, daughter of Christopher and Keri Salustri, and Ariana Wilson, daughter of Jason and Tamara Wilson. Established in 1977, the scholarship’s purpose is to encourage academic excellence in a substantial independent research or study project.

The scholarship is open to full-time, senior-year students at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton and Trumbull High Schools.

Seven proposals were received and five finalists were selected on the basis of originality, the format of the proposal, project potential and the care with which the proposal and its planned implementation has been thought through.

Each finalist received $200 to help defray expenses during the five-month project period.

Prior to the awards dinner on April 20, 2022, at Fairfield University, the scholarship recipient will be announced.

Ms. Salustri’s project is titled Embedded Systems - Providing Accessible Technology for the Senior Community, with the objective to create a cost-efficient, accessible device to detect falling and alert nurses/caregivers in convalescent homes.

Ms. Wilson’s project is titled Picture Perfect and will make a short film based on modern beauty standards and how these high standards deeply affect the mental health of women.

Other finalists competing for the scholarship include Sabina Schrynemakers of Shelton High School, Evelyn Marchand of Trumbull High School and Samuel Staubly of Newtown High School.

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