(Farmingdale, NY) – Shannon Pousson is the 2017 recipient of the Virginia (Ginny) Gerardi Memorial Scholarship presented by the Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York, Long Island and the Mid-Hudson region. The $1,000 award was presented on June 6, 2017 during Senior Awards Night at Levittown Public Schools Division Avenue High School. Ginny Gerardi’s daughter, Joyce Reardon, along with the Executive Director of the Long Island Better Business Bureau, Kathleen Piereth-Heenan, presented the award.
Ms. Pousson was chosen from applicants consisting of graduating students in good standing who applied by submitting essays describing how they met the award criteria. Applicants had to have registered to attend college/university with the goal of pursuing a career in business.
“The Virginia ‘Ginny’ Gerardi Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of our dear colleague who devoted her career to upholding the BBB’s Standards for Trust and felt strongly about the importance of instilling a sense of integrity, honesty and accountability in our next generation,” said Claire Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Metropolitan New York. “We are proud to present this award to a student whose career path and interests clearly embody the essence of the woman in whose name it is bestowed.”
“Ms. Pousson has overcome obstacles to find her voice and passion as she moves into the next chapter of her life. She feels empowered by her career choice of marketing and is ready to embrace the challenges ahead with confidence and determination. This recipient exemplifies the spirit for which the scholarship was intended,” said Kathleen Piereth-Heenan, Executive Director of the Long Island BBB.
Ms. Pousson has participated in community and school activities including Best Buddies and competing at DECA. She is a member of numerous honor societies including World Language Honor Society and Business Honor Society in addition to remaining on the Honor Roll throughout her high school career.
Ms. Pousson will be graduating this month and plans to attend Hofstra University in the fall where she will major in Business Marketing.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 170 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 106 regional, independent BBBs across North America, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation. The BBB Serving Metropolitan New York was founded in 1922. Please visit newyork.bbb.org or bbb.org for more information.