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Beverwyck awards nine with scholarships

Residents raised more than $40,000 for this year's fund

Nine employees of the Beverwyck received a $1,250 scholarship for each of the four years of college. Pictured from left to right: Rachel Smith, employee scholarship chairperson; Drew Philipchik, award winner; Justine Salerno, 861-5696, award winner; Michael Gouvakis, award winner; and Douglas R. Miller, executive director of Beverwyck.

Nine employees of the Beverwyck received a $1,250 scholarship for each of the four years of college. Pictured from left to right: Rachel Smith, employee scholarship chairperson; Drew Philipchik, award winner; Justine Salerno, 861-5696, award winner; Michael Gouvakis, award winner; and Douglas R. Miller, executive director of Beverwyck. Submitted Photo

— Doug Miller, executive director of Beverwyck, said the dining room gig, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m., is perfect for high school students with an already full plate.

“They’re here when they get out of school and home early enough to get homework done,” said Miller.

Miller said the schedule is flexible and the job is so popular that he rarely recruits new employees.

“It’s usually just word of mouth. It’s just a natural gravitation to come because of the hours, and it’s a pretty fun job. They’re working in some very nice conditions,” said Miller. “They stay here long enough to realize it’s more than just a paycheck.”

Students from high schools all over the Capital District work at the Beveryck. This year, scholarship recipients were from Guilderland, Bethlehem, Albany and Bishop Maginn high schools. Miller said the fund is a testament to the students’ work ethic and reflects the residents’ appreciation.

“Most of the residents … clearly recognize the need for higher education and know the value of getting a degree or diploma increases their chance of being successful,” said Miller. “Residents really want to support that idea.”

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