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The Thunderbolt Alumni Association administers a number of scholarships for students who exhibit academic excellence and strong character.  Below we describe the qualifications for these scholarships.

The Bob Paola Scholarship

PaolaBob Paola was an English teacher in the Cranston Schools who touched many lives over the course of his career.  He retired as Assistant Principal of Cranston High School East in 2003 and passed away in October 2012.

The Bob Paola Scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits a passion for knowledge, good citizenship, and an aptitude for leadership.  The ideal candidate is involved in the community, feels a strong commitment to family, has GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrates financial need, and possesses a great sense of humor – which was a hallmark of Mr. Paola’s personality.  To be considered for the scholarship, students must be accepted to a 2- or 4-year school for post-secondary education and write an essay about the teacher who has influenced them the most.

The Abbie L. Hoisington and Lisa D’Andrea Scholarship

AbbieH DAndreaThis scholarship was created in memory of two Cranston High School East teachers who died as a result of the Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island in February of 2003.  Abbie Hoisington was a 1992 graduate of Cranston East, who dedicated herself to the students in her special education class.  Among other things, she took her students – many of whom had multiple disabilities – to the grocery store, taught them to cook meals, and introduced them to the Internet. Abbie was teaching at Burrillville High School at the time of her death, after spending time teaching at Cranston East.  Lisa D’Andrea, of Barrington, who attended the nightclub concert with Abbie, also taught special education at Cranston East. Before coming to East, Lisa had worked at the Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital, a psychiatric treatment center for children and adolescents in East Providence.  She enjoyed fitness and helping her students get the most out of life, despite their disabilities.

The Abbie Hoisington and Lisa D’Andrea Scholarship is given annually to two students who graduate from Cranston East and plan to pursue a course of study in special education.

The Albert A. and Cheryl A. Jamiel Scholarship

Cheryl JamielAlbert and Cheryl Jamiel were the devoted parents of four children, all of whom graduated from Cranston East between the years of 1997 and 2006.  Cheryl was a nurse and Albert as a physical therapist who worked at the United Methodist Nursing Home in East Providence and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Providence for 30 years before retiring. Cheryl could always be found in the stands cheering on her kids at any number of sporting events.  Whether it was hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball or field hockey, Cheryl would be there making sure her children knew they were loved and supported.

Cheryl passed away suddenly in September of 2001, Albert passed away in April of 2014. They continue to live on in the hearts of those whose lives they touched.  The Albert and Cheryl Jamiel Scholarship is awarded to a student who excels both in the classroom and athletically while demonstrating a positive attitude.

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