The Westport Lions Club awarded its annual scholarships May 17 to three Westport residents, all members of the National Honor Society.
The first recipient, Jaely Pereira, daughter of James Pereira and the late Colleen LePage, is a Westport High School graduate, who will attend UMass Boston for a biology degree track with the goal of furthering her education to become a veterinarian. Pereira was extensively involved in a variety of school and athletic activities including several leadership roles. She also actively served as a volunteer for several community, church and animal rescue organizations. In addition, she manages her own art business founded in 2009. She was awarded the Ernest and Prudence Chadwick scholarship, a four-year scholarship.
The second award was given to Hailey Charest, daughter of Michael and Heidi Charest, and also a Westport High School graduate. She received the second four-year award, the Harold S. Wood scholarship. She was president of both the student council and her class, and editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She held other leadership roles in a variety of other school and athletic activities. She also volunteered on a variety of fundraisers, community and church projects. She will attend UMass Amherst to pursue a biochemistry and molecular biology degree with a pharmaceutical sciences path.
Alexis Cote, daughter of Lawrence and Coleen Cote, received the Russ Workman scholarship, a one-time award. A Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School graduate, she will attend UMass Dartmouth to pursue a nursing degree with a goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist. She was captain of the soccer, winter track and spring track teams, student council member and actively involved in various areas of her church. She also worked as a CNA at Catholic Memorial Home during her high school tenure.
All scholarships are funded by private donations given by families and friends in memory of deceased club members.