Bennington student honored with Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarship

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BENNINGTON — A local student was honored at Fenway Park earlier this month as part of Vermont Day.

Kalina Korzec, of Bennington, was chosen to receive a $1,000 Vermont Red Sox Service Scholarship, and took the field along with other students from Vermont prior to the team's Aug. 5 game against the White Sox. The students, all from Vermont public schools, were chosen based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.

Korzec, who was born in China but has lived most of her life in Bennington, graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School this spring, and will begin attending Northeastern University in Boston this fall, studying pharmacy. She said that she always wanted to work in the medical field, but wasn't sure in which specific discipline, but began to lean towards pharmacy after enjoying her high school biology and chemistry classes.

Korzec said she was drawn to Northeastern because of its exceptional co-op/internship program, as well as its location. "Boston has always been one of my favorite places to go," she said.

She was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by her guidance counselor, Dan Lucy. Korzec and her family are life-long Red Sox fans, and she's been to about five games at Fenway. She said that accepting the scholarship award at Fenway alongside her uncle and fellow Red Sox fan drove home the generational connections that they share. She also had the opportunity to meet some of her fellow scholarship awardees. "I really met some interesting people from all over Vermont," she said.

Korzec said that she has volunteered at Speak Sooner Initiative events and the Grace Christian School's Night to Shine, and has been participating in the Bennington Relay for Life since she was in elementary school. She also regularly volunteers at her church.

The scholarship recipients were congratulated on the field by Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy and Red Sox Executive Vice President Troup Parkinson. The service scholarship program was introduced in 2010 by then-New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, and Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry, and his wife, Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry, according to a press release.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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