VSEA Awards 2018 Scholarships To Four Lucky Recipients!


June 12, 2018



At the June 12 VSEA Council meeting at Northern Vermont University, the union’s Awards and Scholarships Committee announced the four winners of a 2018 VSEA $2000 scholarship award. All the winners attended a special ceremony during the Council meeting, and they are each pictured here receiving their award from longtime Awards & Scholarship Committee member Ed Thomas, who hosted the ceremony.


Here are the winners, in alphabetical order:

  • Allen Charest is the son of VSEA member Ellen Sauer; an Administrative Services Technician with the Agency of Transportation in Wilder, Vermont. Allen has been accepted to Western New England University, where he will major in communications;
  • Kelly Locke is daughter of VSEA member Richard Locke Sr.; a Warehouse Delivery Specialist with the Department of Liquor Control in Montpelier. Kelley has already been accepted to half a dozen colleges and universities, including Northern Vermont University. She will major in psychology.  
  • Christa Waters is an active VSEA member who currently works for the Department of Vermont Health Access in Essex Junction as a Fair Hearing Specialist. Christa is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix and wants to continue working in Human Services; and
  • Katherine Whipple is the daughter of VSEA member Heidi Whipple, an Education Programs Coordinator with the Agency of Education in Barre. Katherine is currently enrolled at University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, where she is studying psychology and contemporary studies.

VSEA congratulates all this year’s winners and notes Ed Thomas’ announcement during the ceremony that this year there were more applications submitted then ever before. Ed added that the committee thought one reason for the increase could be more economic need in the VSEA rank and file, which is never a good thing, but he added it could also be better word-of-mouth and promotion about the scholarship program.




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