IPMA-HR CT Chapter 2018 Sandra Biloon Memorial Scholarship Information

I am pleased to announce that applications for the 2018-2019 IPMA-HR Connecticut Chapter Sandra Biloon Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted. This $1,000 meritorious scholarship is available to current members* and their children and may be used toward the cost of tuition or books.  We encourage you to apply if you or your child will be attending a 2-year or 4-year accredited college/university, or will be participating in a Master’s Degree program (this last option is limited to IPMA-HR members only) at an accredited college/university for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Applications and required materials must be received or hand-delivered no later than Friday, April 20, 2018. All candidates will be notified of their status in May and the scholarship will be formally awarded at the June 2018 IPMA-HR CT Chapter program.

Previous applicants who were not awarded the scholarship may reapply this year and are encouraged to do so if still eligible for the program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the Scholarship Committee Members identified below.

Debra Paradis, Scholarship Committee Chairperson

*If you have not yet renewed your IPMA-HR Connecticut Chapter membership, you may do so by March 16, 2018 to be eligible for the Scholarship Program. Please see attached membership application.


Scholarship Committee Members: Debra Paradis (860) 713-6695, Ellen Morris (860) 713-5249, Karen Angell (860) 622-2020.

For the application and scholarship announcement, please follow the links below.



IPMA-HR CT Chapter 2017 Sandra Biloon Memorial Scholarship Recipients

As chair of the scholarship committee, I would like to extend my thanks to this year’s scholarship committee members, Lorraine Vittner and Lisa Godin.

This year’s competition for the Sandra Biloon Memorial Scholarship was very competitive. As a result, the Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that we are giving two scholarships this year.  The 2017 recipients of the Sandra Biloon Memorial Scholarship is Alyssa Abele and Steve Kolakowski.  Alyssa is the daughter of Brenda Abele and Steven is the son of Lori Kolakowski.

Alyssa just completed her freshman year at Emmanuel College in Boston with a major in International Relations and is pursuing a concentration in security and diplomacy as well as a minor in Middle Eastern studies. She had the privilege of traveling to Europe and the Middle East where she learned to embrace the new culture and meet different people from many ethnicities.  She was able to adapt to an unfamiliar environment by embracing cultural differences as she built true interpersonal relationships with local people. Alyssa is described by her Professors as remarkably poised, mature and confident, a sound critical thinker, and her performance was consistently above average; her perseverance and dedication to her family and friends is refreshing in terms of today’s youth.  Alyssa also plays soccer and works at the Red Sox Team Store.  Prior to starting her college career, she volunteered for many community organizations; including Manchester Area conferences of Churches and the Tabor House, a shelter home for male guests with HIV/AIDS.  Alyssa will continue to participate and volunteer her time in community service.  Her future career goals include working at the State Department or in the Foreign Service at an international location.

Steven just completed his junior year at the University of Connecticut with a double major in Chemistry and Classics. Steven’s career goal is to conduct in-depth research in the field of environmental chemistry.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry after earning his Bachelor’s degree.  His interest in this area stems from his work at the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering on the UConn campus where he works in the lab.  Ultimately, Steven would like to contribute to research that targets anthropogenic sources of environmental pollution and provides solutions to these issues involving chemistry.  Steven has contributed to several published articles and poster presentations at scientific seminars in New Jersey and Connecticut.  Steven is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, this is an academic honor society for first year students ranking in the top 20% of their class during their first year of study. Steven is described by his Professors as exceptional, shows great enthusiasm and aptitude for any new research and has demonstrated to be a strong leader; Steven is now training his fellow undergraduate students working in the environmental testing labs.

His other interests involve community service and playing guitar. He participated in the UConn jazz ensemble and also played in a band.

Congratulations Alyssa and Steven on a well-deserved award!

Debra Paradis, Scholarship Committee Chairperson