Fairfield, CT – The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce presented its fifth annual FELO Scholarship Awards on Thursday evening, June 13th. “FELO is an emerging leaders group, and the acronym stands for: Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization. Their goal is to network amongst themselves, share ideas, and discuss challenges to help them achieve success as they continue their career path towards more senior-level management positions.” stated Beverly Balaz, Chamber President.
In addition, “community giveback” is core to their mission. FELO members often volunteer for non-profits and schedule events to help raise money for the FELO Scholarship Awards. These scholarships, presented annually, honor a graduating high school student from both Ludlowe & Warde High Schools, who will be attending a Business School or majoring in business.
“I’m very excited about the Chamber’s involvement with scholarships through FELO”, continues Beverly. I respect education and I regard the business community … and, we want to be part of each student’s college success! Business is a great major, and mastering basic business principles (whether in finance, marketing, sales, operations, etc.), can always be applied to any business or industry … whether entrepreneurial or corporate.”
Last year, FELO presented two $1,500 scholarships, and this year, FELO raised enough money to once again, present two $1,500 scholarships. “A huge achievement by our FELO members, of whom we are very proud” says, Beverly. Over the past five years, FELO has awarded a total of $13,000 in scholarships.
The 2019 FELO Scholarship Awards were presented by Lindsay Smith/Abbey Tent and Party Rentals, (2018-2019 FELO Chair), to recipient Michael Murphy of Fairfield Warde High School … and to Stanislaw Godlewski, of Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Both students maintained standards of excellence throughout their 4 years of high school, revealed a strong interest in business, and displayed excellent volunteer and leadership qualities.
The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and FELO congratulate these already accomplished students, wishing them much success and happiness as they move next into their college years and throughout their career.
Michael Murphy (Warde High School) - pictured
Murphy plans to attend Boston College where he will major in business and environmental science.
Stanislaw Godlewski (Ludlowe High School)
Stanislaw will attend the University of New Hampshire, where he will major in business and linguistics. He hopes to learn languages, so that he may travel internationally for business.