American Savings Foundation scholarship alums share their stoies

Published on Thursday, 13 June 2019 21:12
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Erica Muniz was born and raised in the city. Just before graduating from high school, she was accepted at Central Connecticut State University. She was given scholarships, an internship and later a job opportunity, all through the American Savings Foundation.

Muniz was among a crowd of scholars who participated in the American Savings Foundation’s first Scholar Alumni Networking Event at the New Britain Museum of American Art last week.

“I do have a rich history with the American Savings Foundation,” Muniz said. “It was really a great opportunity. It was kind of that footprint that kind of helped me through a path.”

Muniz is a behaviorist and is in the process of finishing her second master’s degree to become certified in the field.

“I feel honored,” Muniz said. “I’m very excited to be here because this is the first event so I’m more than happy to pitch in, jump in, offer whatever support I can. I would love to in the near future when things do die down in my schedule, to possibly become a board member and really give back what I was given.”

Maria Falvo, president and CEO of the American Savings Foundation, welcomed the attendees, who were mainly scholars and representatives of the agencies that provide internships.

Caitlyn Prescott was the moderator of the panel. She was the first past scholar to join the American Savings Foundation’s board of directors in September 2017.

Part of the discussion was intended to help the scholars get started if they decide to become involved in nonprofit organizations.

The four panelists who participated in the discussion all had some involvement in the nonprofit sector.

“I would say for anyone who’s thinking about joining committees or potentially joining boards, it really needs to be something that you are passionate about, something that you want you want to dedicate your time to and something that really engages you and motivates you and excites you,” Prescott said.

Bo Brown was one of the panelists. He is a Robert T. Kenney Scholar from 2006. He serves on the board of directors of the Opportunities Industrialization Center and he spoke about his experiences as an OIC intern and how they led him to becoming a board member.

Brittney Cavaliere, also a panelist and a Robert T. Kenney Scholar from 2006, explained some of the process, as she is part of a new nonprofit.

Jeremy Race, a Robert T. Kenney Scholar from 1997, is the president and CEO of Junior Achievement. He was also one of the panelists and also spoke about his time with a nonprofit organization.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 13 June 2019 21:12. Updated: Thursday, 13 June 2019 21:14.