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Support scholarships for Gaels.

To the editor:

Each year, Worcester State University graduates a number of amazing Gaels. In fact, hundreds of Clintonians have earned degrees at Worcester State; many of them live and work in and around Clinton, supporting you and your families.

As someone who works with WSU students and supporters every day, I know how hard it can be for students to make ends meet. My husband, Paul Della Valle, a teacher at Clinton High School, and I saw a tremendous opportunity to help those close to home, by establishing the Clinton Gaels Second Chance Scholarship at WSU. This $1,000 scholarship will give an incoming freshman a boost their first year, and will follow them through school until they graduate.

Paul and I both have been blessed with a second chance to make the world a better place. We think the students from Clinton High, who matriculate at WSU, are extra deserving of our support. The Clinton Gaels Second Chance Scholarship will support a Clinton Gael, starting with a student in the fall 2014 class.

You can help us build this fund to help even more students by making a tax deductible donation to the Worcester State Fund, noting that the gift is for the Clinton Gaels Second Chance Scholarship. You can make a gift now, or on April 9, when WSU is holding a Day of Giving Challenge.

The first Clinton Gaels Second Chance Scholarship recipient will be selected this spring and announced in June.

Make your gift to the Clinton Gaels Second Chance Scholarship securely online at: Or, send it to Worcester State Foundation, Clinton Gaels Scholarship, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602. All contributions are tax deductible.

Many hands make light the work, and many small gifts can collectively make a huge impact. Thank you from Paul and I for your help in Giving a Gael a Chance.

Karen Sharpe

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Apr 4, 2014
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