October 08, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Two seniors, Rachel Follett and Brian Pickowicz, were selected to receive the Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which provides full tuition to seniors who have demonstrated significant spiritual and personal growth throughout their college careers.
Follett, a nursing major from Melrose, Mass., is heavily involved in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs as the chair of special events for the Campus Activities Board (CAB), a member of the Family Weekend Committee and former Mock Trial Club, and a student-worker in the office. She is also a past participant in service trips through the Office of Campus Ministry and a regular volunteer through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement.
Through Meelia, Follett visits and plays with two young brothers who have an aggressive form of muscular dystrophy. She also helps K-8 students with homework at Elmwood Gardens Community Center, a site that Meelia Center Director Dan Forbes said is one of the more challenging volunteer sites.
"Rachel has consistently and selflessly modeled the Anselmian values of respect for place and others," said Jean Couture, director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. "She dedicates an abundance of her time and energy to actively contribute to many student organizations and committees. We have seen Rachel's tireless service to the institution through her active engagement as a student leader committed to making this campus a better place for her fellow students to live and learn together."
In addition to her demanding nursing schedule and extracurricular activities she previously worked two jobs off campus. The scholarship was an unexpected but welcome surprise for Follett.
Pickowicz is a business major and politics minor from Franklin, N.H., and hopes to be an entrepreneur one day. In the meantime, he has succeeded at Saint Anselm through dedication and hard work. Pickowicz is a former member of the football team and an active member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' (NHIOP) Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador Program. Prior to his senior year, he worked part-time in the studio at the NHIOP as well as full-time at a store in Manchester.
"He's an asset to our ambassador program; always displaying a positive, energetic and welcoming attitude," said Katelyn Ellison, communications specialist at the NHIOP. "He asks thoughtful questions during our events and isn't afraid to put himself out there to encourage discussion and get people talking."
Most recently, Pickowicz established a small business, BP Fitness, as a personal trainer and diet coach. As a natural bodybuilder, he aims to share his experience and knowledge with others. This scholarship has removed financial stress from him and his family so he can focus on his academics and reaching his post-graduate goals.
"When I found out there was a tremendous amount of joy, not just for me but for my family because they have done a lot to make sure I could come here," said Pickowicz.
The Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by Thomas and Gail Melucci, as a way to memorialize their son, Thomas Jr. '88. The generous Anselmian parents remain closely involved with the scholarship, serving on the committee that selects recipients each year. Recipients are nominated to receive the scholarship by friends, teachers, and staff members.