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LOWELL ߝTewksbury resident Amanda Venuti, a senior political science major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, was recently awarded the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares International Peace Scholarship.
The International Peace Scholarship fund was initially established by Coldwell Banker at UML in October 2001 in honor of Peter and Sue Hanson and their daughter Christine who perished on the United Airlines flight that struck the World Trade Center. The Hansons had just purchased their first home through the Westford Office of Dewolfe Real Estate, now a part of Coldwell Banker, and members of that office initiated this scholarship idea to memorialize them. The goal of the program is to award scholarships to UML undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing leadership roles in public service and diplomacy directed toward international peace and understanding between the U.S., the developed world and developing nations of the world.
Members of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Westford, Chelmsford and Tewksbury, who established the fund, joined UML academic leaders during a campus celebration congratulating Venuti who was recognized for her involvement in the University. She is secretary of the International Relations club, the award winning student organization that participates in simulated United Nations and other world organization debate conferences; she has interned at the Massachusetts State House, was principal organizer of the first High School Model United Nations program hosted by UML and she is interning this fall at Amnesty International in Washington, D.C.
“I am honored to have received this scholarship as it truly echoes the direction and focus of my academics and career path. The scholarship will greatly assist me in my endeavors, and cannot thank the committee enough for this generous recognition,” says Venuti, who hopes to pursue a career working to improve diplomatic relations between the United States and other foreign nations.
To date, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, has donated $36,000 to this endowed scholarship fund and continues to donate $5,000 each year to ensure the fund’s continued growth. The annual endowment interest has funded three student scholarships thus far and will continue to fund a new recipient each year.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education. Visit the website at www.uml.edu.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization operated by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for the purpose of raising funds to provide help and assistance to the communities in which it serves, with a focus on providing shelter, particularly to children and families. The primary fundraising activities include a voluntary program whereby employees and sales associates contribute a portion of their income and commissions to the charitable program. These contributions are matched 100 percent by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of New England. For more information, please visit www.NewEnglandMoves.com.