The Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords is pleased to award scholarships every Spring to high school seniors pursuing music or nursing careers. With your support, we have awarded over $74,000 in grant money. Please join us in congratulating our recent recipients.

All applications must be postmarked by TBA.

If you would like to donate to our Scholarship Fund, please click here.

Congratulations to All Our Recipients!

2019 Scholarship Recipients


Mikayla Bruton – graduated from Valley Regional High School and will be attending the nursing program at Southern CT State University.

Emily Dell’Orfano – graduated from Coginchaug Regional High School and will be attending the music program at the University of Connecticut.

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Jordan McMillan – graduated from Morgan School in Clinton and will be attending the University of Rhode Island majoring in nursing.

Alexander Stephan – graduated from Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham and will be attending Boston University majoring in music education.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Alyssa Diaz – graduating from Old Saybrook High School and attending Catholic University of America  majoring in nursing.

Benjamin Chace – graduating from Haddam/Killingworth High School and attending Case Western Reserve University majoring in nursing.


Awards presented on May 6, 2017 ~ (from left to right) Gina Fredericks (Musical Director), Alyssa Diaz, Benjamin Chace, and Joyce Ghent, Founder (Producer and Chairperson).

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Sarah Blewett – Graduated from Haddam/Killingworth High School
Attending: Salve Regina University majoring in Nursing

Gabriella St. Pierre – Graduated from Mercy High School
Attending: Fairfield University majoring in Nursing

Elizabeth T. Ryan – Graduated from Nathan-Hale Ray High School
Attending: Indiana University majoring in BM Oboe Performance

2015 Scholarship Recipients


Nicholas Indorf – Graduated from Xavier High
Attending: Yale University; Music Performance and Pre-Med

Gabriella Varela – Graduated from Portland High
Attending: Quinnipiac University’s Nursing Program

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Emily Guilmette – Graduated from Portland High
Attending: University of Miami; Playing for the U of M Marching Band

Maisey Ayer – Graduated from Mercy High
Attending: University of Connecticut Nursing Program

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Brooklyn Gonzales – Graduated from Mercy High
Attending: Fairfield University

Alexandra Horwitz – Graduated from Cromwell High
Attending: Ohio State University

Kimberly Nowakowski – Graduated from East Hampton High
Attending: Villanova University

2012 Scholarship Recipients


Awards are presented each year at the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords’s Spring Concert held at Portland High School. Three of the four winners were able to accept their awards on May 21, 2012 ~ (from left to right) Catherine Perrotti, Elizabeth Konefal, and Matthew Chiu. Parents of Andrew Satterberg, who could not attend the May 19th concert, were present to accept his grant.

2011 Scholarship Recipients


Awards are presented each year at the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords’s Spring Concert held at Portland High School. Three of the five winners were able to accept their awards on May 21, 2011 ~ (from left to right) Kaitlyn Passons, Nathan Fletcher and Kristina Unikewicz.

Nathan Fletcher ~ graduated from Middletown High
Attending the University of Connecticut majoring in Music Education.

Kathryn Rogers ~ graduated from Mercy High
Attending the University of Delaware majoring in Nursing.

Laura Hargreaves ~ graduated from Coginchaug Regional High;
Attending St. Anselm College majoring in Nursing.

Kaitlyn Passons ~ graduated from Middletown High;
Attending Western CT State University majoring in Music Education.

Kristina Unikewicz ~ graduated from Mercy High;
Attending the University of Vermont majoring in Nursing.