Union ScholarshipsJuly 3, 2o23 — PEF Region 7 has announced two winners for their annual Paul R. Normandeau and Ellen L. Mainville Memorial Scholarships. 

Paul R. Normandeau was a region 7 member who worked for the New York State Department of Transportation. Ellen L. Mainville worked as a teacher in the Department of Corrections. Both members passed away from COVID-19. 

Jonathan Zalewski, the winner of the Paul Normandeau scholarship, will use the $1,000 award to further his studies at SUNY Potsdam. He plans to pursue a career in dentistry or medicine after completing his Bachelor of Science in Biology. Jonathan’s mother, Heather Zalewski, is a part of the Office of Information Technology Services as an Information Technology Specialist. 

Caramia Carista, the winner of the Ellen Mainville scholarship, will use the $1,000 award to attend SUNY Brockport in the fall. Caramia plans to become a physical education teacher and dreams of becoming a professional sports coach. Caramia’s mother, Courtney Streeter, works as a Rehab Counselor.