The Tennessee Relocation Council (TRC) is proud to announce the Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship for current high school seniors who have relocated into the Middle Tennessee area over the course of their high school career.
The TRC Scholarship was dedicated in 2017 as the Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship in honor of Peter Hiro. Peter was a pivotal member from 2012 to 2017, as well as a board & advisory board member from 2013-2016. His contributions to the Tennessee Relocation Council were immeasurable and his legacy will live on through this Scholarship.
To qualify for the scholarship, the student must have relocated more than 50 miles sometime between grades 9 (after completion of 8th grade) and 12 and changed schools due to their family’s relocation. Residence eligibility is defined as a senior attending a public school within the Middle Tennessee Public Schools system. The applicant must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent achievement on a different scale).
Students will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school.
A one-time award of $1,000 will be sent directly to the college that the winning applicant will be attending to assist with tuition, etc.
The winner will be cordially invited, along with his/her parent(s), to join us in person at our April TRC meeting in Nashville, at which time we will have a chance to meet them, discuss their experience, and formally award the scholarship.
For more information about the Community Outreach Committee or the 2019 TRC Scholarship Program, please contact: Andi Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-358-6424
2019 TRC Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship Awarded
The TRC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2019 TRC Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship, Madeleine Osburn and Nicholas "Nick" Rizzitello.
Madeleine Osburn was born in Edina, Minnesota and moved four times due to her dad’s job relocation. She has lived in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Ballston Spa, New York, and Maple Grove, Minnesota. Her fourth move brought her and her family to Brentwood, Tennessee. She was a very unhappy high school student at first and she was able to find her way through cheerleading, Young Life and the United Way. She recommends getting involved as soon as you move. When she got involved in her new town, new school and new friends, her sadness about relocating went away much faster! Best wishes to you for your academic career at University of Alabama, “Role Tide!”
Nicholas “Nick” Rizzitello was born in Freehold, New Jersey. When Nick moved to Nashville he experienced academic and cultural challenges that he didn’t anticipate. Rather than let these challenges get to him he made a conscious effort to bring about change to his school and community. Nick was invited to participate on the Nashville Mayor’s Youth Council and he was able to better understand the social and cultural differences of the city and he became his school’s student ambassador. He has enjoyed putting forth efforts to make his school and community better and he learned that his challenges pale in comparison to so many of the youth around him! Best wishes to you for your academic career at Nashville State!