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The College Woman’s Club of Westfield Celebrates 100 Years and Awards 2017 Scholarships

L-R: Annmarie Puleio, CWC Scholarship Chair, Alessandra Sabba, Emmy Liederman, Katie Sullivan, Ava Carey, Leigh Scarano, Donna Hornish, Assistant Chair. Seated: Katerina Truch and Danielle Rinaldi

The College Woman’s Club of Westfield celebrated its 100th anniversary and awarded $60,000 in Scholarships at its 100th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 23, at Echo Lake Country Club. The awards were made to seven young women from Westfield to help them pursue their college education. The recipients were selected based on academic achievement, community service and financial need. 

The Gaile K. Boothe Scholarship, The Marge McCornack Scholarship, and the past Presidents Scholarship were awarded along with the College Woman’s Club of Westfield Scholarships. A Scholarship in memory of John and Katharine Jaruzelski was presented by Jenny Jaruzelski, a past president of the Club. 

According to Scholarship Chairperson, Annmarie Puleio, “We award these Scholarships in the spirit of our Founders Mabel Sturgis, Wellesley 1902 and Helen Welch, Vassar 1914 and thanks to the enduring commitment and generosity of our members to further the education of women. We begin our second 100 years by awarding a record $60,000. in Scholarships to continue this legacy. “

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Our 2017 scholarship recipients are: 

Ava Carey received The John and Katharine Jaruzelski Scholarship. Ava has pursued a rigorous schedule of Honors and AP courses while working and volunteering. She has volunteered at Sunrise Assisted Living, Overlook Hospital, and Imagine – a center for Coping with Loss where she facilitates  support groups for children who have lost a sibling or parent. In addition to academic demands and volunteer commitments, Ava works  after school as a part-time nanny.  Ava has also worked at Baron’s Drug store as a pharmacy clerk.  

Ms Carey will attend the University of Wisconsin to study Public Health. 

Emmy Liederman, a recipient of a College Woman’s Club of Westfield Scholarship, is an outstanding student carrying a high GPA with a rigorous schedule including AP and Honors classes. Emmy is the editor-in-chief of the Hi’s Eye, the Westfield High School award winning weekly newspaper. This prestigious position entails many long hours of work and dedication, yet Emmy still finds time to devote to the WHS Community Service Club. She has been an active member during all four years of high school, serving as president this year. Her signature contribution to the club is serving as the organizer of monthly activities for the senior residents of Brighton Gardens.

Ms Liederman plans to pursue a career in journalism at The College of New Jersey. 

Danielle Rinaldi, the recipient of a College Woman’s Club of Westfield Scholarship, has spent four years balancing academics, sports and community activities. With a course load of AP and Honors courses, she has earned a high GPA. Danielle captains the Westfield High School basketball team and competes on the nationally competitive AAU team. In the Spring, she plays High School softball and is a four year starter, All County Conference Player and Captain. She coaches the St. Helen’s basketball and softball teams. She is President of the Spanish Club, tutors in math and science and is a transition leader at the High School. Last year she helped with the Westfield Pal coat drive collecting coats, hats, gloves and scarves to donate to a homeless shelter in Elizabeth.

She will attend Boston College as a premed major. 

Alessandra Sabba is the recipient of The Marge McCornack Scholarship and a College Woman’s Club of Westfield Scholarship.  Alessandra is fluent in three languages and is the President of both the French and Italian clubs. She was inducted into the Italian National Honor Society.  She volunteers with the Foreign Language Awareness Group helping teaching younger students French.   Ali is a peer minister at St. Helen’s Church where she has volunteered at Sister Pat’s Cancer Camp and also discovered her skills as a DJ/MC from running many of St. Helen’s teen nights.  She started her own DJ/MC business where she keeps busy on many weekend nights working Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s and kids parties.  Ali also paints and builds sets for the Westfield High School theatre  department.  She plans on working at a stage theatre camp this summer as an assistant director.

Ali will be attending Arcadia University in the fall where she plans to major in International Diplomacy.

Leigh Scarano is the recipient of the Gaile K. Boothe Scholarship. Leigh’s participated in volleyball throughout high school as a player and also as team captain.  She was named first team all conference and second team all county as a sophomore. For the past four years, she has been involved with a fundraiser called “Pink Out” to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Leigh has balanced her athletics with academics.  She has a solid academic record at Westfield High School holding down a challenging course load. Leigh works at camps, babysits and coaches volleyball.  This summer Leigh plans on coaching at a volleyball camp. 

Leigh will major in Education at The University of Scranton where she has been recruited to play Volleyball. 

Kathleen Sullivan is awarded a College Woman’s Club of Westfield Scholarship and a Past Presidents Scholarship. Katie balances academics, high school activities and community service.  She is the Vice President of the Westfield High School Student Council. Katie helped start and this year served as the director of a whiffle ball tournament that serves as a major fundraiser for Sister Pat’s Camp for children with cancer.   Katie has worked at the camp as a counselor for the past several years and she will volunteer again this summer.  She has served as a Peer Minister at St. Helen’s Church for the past two years as well as starting and coaching a cheerleading group at the church.  This summer Katie will also work as a counselor at the Westfield Recreation Camp and babysit.

Ms Sullivan will attend Sacred Heart University where she will major in Social Work. 

Katerina Truch is the recipient of a College Woman’s Club of Westfield Scholarship. Katie has been interested in the sciences from a very young age.  She participates in the Law Explorers Post 629 where she is club secretary. Katie has also been on the Westfield Fencing Club for two years and has been a community service volunteer at “Let’s Go Help Somebody” in Newark. She has been an active participant in the Animation Club. This summer she will continue to work at Walgreens.

She will attend the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia to major in Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

The College Woman’s Club of Westfield is proud to acknowledge this outstanding group of young women. Applications for the scholarship are available through local high school guidance departments in February each year, and are evaluated by a committee of CWC members each spring. Funds for the scholarships come from annual donations and legacies from our members. 

The College Woman’s Club is celebrating its centennial this year. To learn how to join to support young women and to participate in the many social activities of the College Women’s Club, contact or visit for an application.

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