The Jennifer Frey Memorial Scholarship Fund is an endowed fund established in memory of Jennifer Frey, a CCV graduate who attended the Montpelier and Morrisville CCV academic centers. Generous contributions from Jennifer’s parents, Bob and Lois Frey, established this fund along with the support of many donors.
Jennifer Frey graduated from Lamoille Union High School in 1989 and earned her associate degree from CCV in 1997. In spite of many medical challenges, Jennifer maintained a commitment to lifelong learning. This scholarship honors her commitment to education and encourages recipients to pursue their educational goals.
When Patricia Bartlett heard that she had received the 2010 Jennifer Frey Memorial Scholarship, she says the emotional impact was transforming. Working full time, she was finishing her fourth year at CCV and needed just four classes to graduate with an associate degree in business. But she was struggling with health and family issues.
“It meant a lot to me that the Frey scholarship was established to honor their daughter’s memory,” she says. “That someone thought I was worthy enough, that I deserved this scholarship, gave me the confidence I needed to keep going during a rough year. It helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Patricia first attended college at 17, right after high school but, always a “C” student, she focused on other things. When her current employer allowed her to take a three-month tax course, she found she enjoyed the class work and looked into courses at CCV.
“At CCV you are accepted, no matter what challenges you have, there’s help along the way,” she says. “I decided to change my image—I made it my goal to get A’s and B’s this time, and to set my own expectations and goals.”
A student at CCV-Montpelier, Patricia has been taking business courses since 2007 while working full time as a tax examiner for the Vermont Department of Taxes, where she has worked for more than 13 years. She hopes to get her bachelor’s in accounting, and eventually start her own tax preparation business.