July 16, 2021 Ticonderoga, NY — The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has announced that it has awarded $43,000 in Skilled Career Training Scholarships to four Ticonderoga High School graduates for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 school years.
Shannon Jordon and Michael O’Donnell are members of the Ti High Class of 2021. Shannon will be attending Hudson Valley Community College in the fall to study nursing. After achieving her nursing degree she hopes to continue her education in criminal justice to become a state trooper. Michael will be attending SUNY Adirondack in the fall to study art. After college, he aspires to open his own art gallery where he can teach art classes.
Brandon Provoncha is a 2020 Ti High graduate who will study welding at Modern Welding School for a professional welders certification. He is also apprenticing in musical instrument repair at Cole’s Woodwind Shop in Saratoga Springs and is actively involved with the BeInstrumental program bringing refurbished instruments to area schools.
Brett Moore is a 2019 Ti High School graduate who graduated from SUNY Wanakena Forest Ranger School this May. He is continuing his studies this fall at Paul Smith’s College to pursue a four-year degree in forestry.
"The Ti-Alliance has done so much to help me pursue my lifelong dream of becoming one of the few NYS forest rangers," Moore said. "They not only helped me financially, but they have also gone beyond that with their great team of employees checking in on me throughout every step of my education at the Wanakena Ranger School. They provided me with a mentor (Jason) who has a degree in forestry and was there any time I needed advice on my studies or when I just needed someone to talk to. It was very comforting to know there was always someone there when I needed it. The Alliance has inspired me in so many ways."
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 two academic years or the length of their program.
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 where jobs await.
“The Alliance congratulates all of our scholars on their achievements, and looks forward to helping them achieve their degrees and get started in 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 students and do the important work of building and retaining a skilled workforce for our community.”
For more information on the program, visit www.ticonderoga-alliance.org/career-training-scholarships.
DONATE TO THE FUND
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 the 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 www.ticonderoga-alliance.org/career-training-scholarships.
Contact: Donna Wotton, Executive Director of Ti-Alliance