LACONIA — Brianna Bowen of Gilmanton and Jasmine Blais of Laconia have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use towards college expenses by the Faith, Hope and Love Foundation.
Bowen plans to pursue a a degree in pre-med and biology at Bates College. She helps to prepare meals at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, she tutors other students through her work with National Honor Society, she is an orientation leader for
the freshmen class, manager of the boys soccer team, yearbook editor, prom committee member, volunteers at blood drives, and DJ's in the Gilmanton community. Bowen also works 30-plus hours a week at Market Basket to help pay for her college education.
Blais will major in education at Brandeis University. She is an active member with the Circle Program in Plymouth,
she volunteers for the local Got Lunch Laconia Program and tutors at Laconia Middle School. She plays flute in her high school band, and is a member of her National Honor Society. When she is not actively engaged in school activities Blais is at Subway
working more than 25 hours a week to help pay for her higher education.
Ashley Kelly of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton won the $500 book award.
Foundation co-founder Laura Brusseau called Bowen, Blais and Kelly "amazing role models for their peers and have an outstanding passion and selflessness to helping others before they help themselves. Our communities are better people because of these young women."
The scholarship recipients will be awarded their checks at the Faith Hope and Love annual benefit dinner and dance at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia on Saturday evening April 27.
This marks the seventh annual college scholarship and over $12,000 toward higher education to New Hampshire youth.