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Ti-Alliance Awards $40,700 in Skilled Career Training Scholarships

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

July 20, 2023 Ticonderoga, NY — The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has announced that it has awarded $40,700 in Skilled Career Training Scholarships to eight Ticonderoga High School graduates for the 2023/2024 school year.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Ti-Alliance Skilled Career Scholarship winners on their graduation from Ticonderoga High School. Donta Brown will be attending the Bricklayers Union Apprenticeship Program. Connor Rafferty will be attending CV-TEC Class B Drivers Academy. Samantha St. Denis will be studying nursing at North Country Community College. Yarr Tyler will be attending the Culinary Institute of America. Kimberley Wojcik will be attending Erie Community College to become a dental assistant or nurse.

These students join three 2022 scholars who will continue their studies this year on Ti-Alliance scholarships: Andrea Cooke is returning to SUNY Adirondack for her accounting degree. Jack Michalak is continuing his studies at North Country Community College in nursing. Eman Qamar is also continuing her studies at Siena College for nursing.

The goal of these scholarships is to encourage students in our community to pursue careers in skilled trades, remove the barriers to the education needed for these careers, ensure student success, and hopefully have these students live and practice their trades in our community. The Ti-Alliance scholarships can cover the costs of tuition and non-tuition costs such as room and board, transportation, books/tools/supplies, certification or other exam fees, and child care costs. Each scholarship represents a commitment to the student for up to two academic years or the length of their program.

“We’re so proud of all of these students and what they have accomplished in school. The Alliance is committed to supporting them both financially and with mentoring as they pursue their chosen fields,” said Donna Wotton, Executive Director of Ti-Alliance. “It is exciting for us and the contributors to the scholarship fund to be able to help these individual students while doing the important work of building and retaining a skilled workforce for our community.”

For more information on Ti-Alliance Skilled Career Training Scholarships, visit


The Skilled Career Training Scholarships are funded by the Ti-Alliance, the Tony J. and Jean H. DiFebbo Educational Trust, and generous donors to the scholarship fund. The Alliance has a goal to build a scholarship endowment fund so it can be self-sustaining for years to come. To contribute, visit the Ti-Alliance website and click on a DONATE button; you can designate your donation for the scholarship fund in the drop-down menu. OR send your donation to Ti-Alliance, P.O. Box 247, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 and note “Scholarships” in the memo area. More information on how to donate and invest in the future of our students can be found at

Contact: Donna Wotton, Executive Director of Ti-Alliance

Phone: 415-385-4544


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