Three local residents receive Utica Lions Club scholarships

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 15, 2021

 Olivia Fileccia, Matthew Robertson and Sabrina Gottschalk all recently received $2,000 scholarships from the Utica Lions Club through the James Prough, the Red and Clare Farlee, and the Nathan and Karen Kemp scholarship funds.

Olivia Fileccia, Matthew Robertson and Sabrina Gottschalk all recently received $2,000 scholarships from the Utica Lions Club through the James Prough, the Red and Clare Farlee, and the Nathan and Karen Kemp scholarship funds.

Photo provided by Faith Terenzi

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UTICA — Three Utica and Shelby Township residents received scholarships to use toward their educations at the Utica Lions annual scholarship presentation.

The Utica Lions had their annual scholarship presentation Saturday, July 24, at Memorial Park in downtown Utica, and three residents each received scholarships from local scholarship donors.

The 2021 scholarship awardees were Olivia Fileccia, Matthew Robertson and Sabrina Gottschalk. They each received $2,000 from the James Prough, the Red and Clare Farlee, and the Nathan and Karen Kemp scholarship funds.

Howard McCollom was a returning scholarship awardee who received $1,000 for maintaining a 3.5 GPA in his first year in college.

Jean Prough said her late husband, James, a speech and language teacher in the Utica Community Schools District, would be happy to know that students were advancing their educations in his name.

“He believed helping friends and neighbors through local charities and community outreach programs was so important. He also was a strong advocate of the power of education. Due to these beliefs, I also joined the Utica Lions a few years back and (am) happy to provide these scholarships. We hope all of them do great in their studies,” she said via email.

Karen Kemp, another scholarship donor, said that her late husband, Nate Kemp, was a faithful member of the Utica Lions for more than 30 years and that he would be so happy that the Lions Club is still providing help to others in these difficult times.

“One of the many items that the club provides is these scholarships. Over the years, I too joined the Utica Lions and enjoy helping make a difference at a local level. I know Nate would be proud, and so am I that we are able to help provide support to our new and upcoming leaders. Good luck in school, and remember to take care of your family, friends and neighbors,” she said in an email.

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