AJP Awards Karen Hessney Scholarship to Abigail Todaro

The Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals (AJP) along with Paul Hessney are both pleased and proud to announce Abigail Todaro as this year’s winner of the Karen Hessney Scholarship.  Abigail is the daughter of Jim and Patty Todaro and Patty is a member of the Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals (AJP) working at Love School. Abigail is a JHS graduate who attends the University of Pittsburgh working towards a Major in Economics and a Minor in Political Science. She is on a pre-law and business track. The Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals (AJP) and Mr. Hessney hope that the $1,000 scholarship will help her with her educational pursuits.

“My family and I are very happy for our scholarship recipient, Abigail, and for her family,” said Mr. Hessney. “We are also deeply grateful to the AJP, in particular to Vezna Carlson, Cheryl Jones and Val Hagglund for their efforts in continuing this award in Karen’s memory. This memorial continues to have profound meaning to us all.”

The scholarship is in its fourth year and honors Karen Hessney, a remarkable woman, who after a courageous battle with cancer sadly passed away four years ago. Karen was a Labor Relations Specialist, a past union president, as well as a teacher for many years. Her assistance as a NYSUT employee was invaluable to the AJP who miss her and want her memory to live on in this scholarship.

This year’s topic asked applicants to “Describe how you have made a positive impact in your school or community.”  Each year the Scholarship Committee, made up of AJP members and Mr. Hessney, seeks to choose a topic that highlights a strength or trait displayed by Karen in her lifetime.  Whether it is a struggle they have overcome or how they will use their degree to help others, each application shows Karen Hessney’s spirit of giving.

posted on 06/13/2017 - filed under: Academics, Community, JHS, Spotlight, Staff