Local Girl Get a Chance at Her Dreams
NASHUA, July 30th, 2017 -- On Friday, at the Nashua Courtyard Marriott Hotel, five girls from the across the state received scholarships for their achievements and a chance at their career goals, including one of New Boston’s own, Nykola Isaia.
The scholarship presentation was held during the New Hampshire jurisdiction of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls’ weekend-long annual convention, titled this year as “Speak for the Trees with New Hampshire Rainbow” 77th Grand Assembly sessions. The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a youth service organization affiliated with the Freemasons. It’s members are girls between the ages of 11 to 20 and they learn leadership, responsibility, poise, teamwork, public speaking, and project management among other lifelong skills. The sessions were presided over by president, Kimberly Maier of Hudson. On Sunday, Amanda White of Rochester, was installed as the 2017-2018 president of NH Rainbow Girls. Goffstown has it’s own local Rainbow chapter that meets at its 15 Mountain Road location.
One of the many benefits of being a member of this organization is the opportunity to apply to academic scholarships exclusive for Rainbow Girl applicants: the Robbin and Alan Grill Scholarship and the Hope for the Future Scholarship. During the evening session of the convention on the 30th, Isaia was presented with the Hope for the Future Scholarship. She was accompanied by recipients Madeline Going of Nashua, Cynthia Sprince of Salem, Amanda Thomson of Derry, and Jocelynn Grabowski of Raymond. Additionally, Going was presented the Robbin and Alan Grill Scholarship. Moreover, Rainbow Girls have the opportunity to apply to scholarships offered by other Masonic organizations within the state. Earlier in the Spring, Thomson, Sprince, and Grabowski were awarded scholarships between $2,000 - $3,000 from the New Hampshire Scottish Rite, while Thomson was also awarded the William H. Greensborough Continuing Education Scholarship from Jewell Masonic Lodge in Pembroke for her service and volunteerism. Isaia will be attending Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island in the Fall for Baking and Pastry Arts.
For more information about Rainbow Girls and the scholarship opportunities for its members, please visit gorainbow.org or
Above photo: John Lobdell, Grand Master of NH Freemasons and Renee Morrissette, NH Rainbow Scholarship Coordinator present the Hope for the Future Scholarship awards to recipients at Grand Assembly Sessions. Photo courtesy of Samantha Fowler.