SOMERVILLE, NJ - Catherine Ulassin, a Branchburg resident and Somerville High School senior is the winner of the 2020 Drew McLachlan Memorial Fund scholarship.

This is the second year the DMMF has awarded the $2,012 scholarship, given to a Somerville High School student who is carrying on their studies in writing, journalism or the fine arts.

McLachlan was a graduate of Somerville High School, and pursued many different interests in the years following. He particularly enjoyed reading and writing. 

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Ulassin crafted an essay on the importance and impact of the written word, and she was unanimously chosen by the committee as the winner, according to Jason Kraska, a committee member.

When she was notified, she responded, “I am very honored and grateful to have been awarded the Drew McLachlan Memorial Scholarship, and I am excited to pursue my dream of becoming an author when I attend Drew University in the Fall,” according to Kraska.

After the DMMF Board came to the consensus that she would be the recipient, they were all surprised to realize the wonderful irony that she would be continuing her studies at Drew University.

"We felt it quite fitting that she would win this award and go on to study Creative Writing and French at an institution that shares his name," Kraska said.

Drew McLachlan was a writer, humorist, athlete, and feminist who passed away from a glioblastoma at the age of 32. As a lifetime Somerville resident, Drew was always invested in helping and bettering his community. The DMMF mission is to propagate his memory through local support of the activities and causes close to his heart.

"We aim to help the talented thrive and the cancer fighters survive. We hope to have Catherine Ulassin home from school next Fall to attend our dinner function," Kraska said.

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