Shelton High senior a finalist for $15K scholarship

Michael J. Smith, chairman of The Weller Foundation, Inc., presents the $200 check to 2021-22 Barton L. Weller Scholarship finalist Sabina Schrynemakers, a Shelton High senior, at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe.

Michael J. Smith, chairman of The Weller Foundation, Inc., presents the $200 check to 2021-22 Barton L. Weller Scholarship finalist Sabina Schrynemakers, a Shelton High senior, at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe.

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SHELTON - A local high school senior has been selected as a finalist to compete for the $15,000 scholarship in honor of the late Barton L. Weller, founder of Vitramon, Inc., in Monroe.

Established in 1977, the scholarship’s purpose is to encourage academic excellence in a substantial independent research or study project. The scholarship is open to full-time senior-year students at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton, and Trumbull High Schools.

Shelton High senior Sabina Schrynemakers, daughter of Michael and AnaMaria Schrynemakers, of Shelton is among the five finalists selected.

Schrynemakers’ project is titled, “Canine Metacognition Citizen Science Experiments.” Her project objective is to gather evidence for or against the hypothesis that dogs are aware of their own thinking.

Entrants were required to submit proposals for projects in any field of study in which they have an interest. A total of seven proposals were received. Five finalists were selected based on Originality, the Format of the Proposal, Project Potential, and the care with which the proposal and its planned implementation has been thought through.

On Nov. 3, each finalist received $200 to help defray expenses during the five-month project period. Prior to the Awards Dinner on April 20, 2022, at Fairfield University, the scholarship recipient will be announced. At the dinner the $15,000 scholarship will be presented to the student whose project is judged to be the best.

This one scholarship will be paid directly to the college or university for deposit into the student’s account. The scholarship will be awarded without regard to the student’s existing financial status.