2017 GSMD Scholarship Winners

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to report the following winners for 2017. Chair Lorrie Link thanks committee members Mark Fulcomer, Sally Johnson, Judy Needham and Laura Brock for their hard work selecting the winners.

The 2017 GSMD Scholarship Winners are:


First Place, $6,000: Stellan Nils Riffle

Stellan Riffle from Hudson, Ohio is a descendant of Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. Stellan graduated summa cum laude from Hudson High School and is an Eagle Scout and community volunteer. Stellan will attend Vanderbilt University as a Carell Scholar. He plans to study molecular and cellular biology, and to go to medical school.


Second Place, $4,000: Matthew Robert Brewer

Matthew Robert Brewer is a descendant of John Alden. He is attending the Ohio State University in the fall, with a major in Engineering Physics, and considering minors in Aeronautical Engineering and Music. Matthew would like to work for NASA, designing equipment to be used in space endeavors. Matthew has participated in various volunteer activities, including the National Honor Society and Key Club, where he had the opportunity to tutor middle school students, chaperone school functions and help with the local library book sales.


Third Place, $3,000: John Martin Ferrara

John Martin (Jack) Ferrara is a descendant of John Howland.. He is a 2017 graduate of Hume Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a member of the baseball, swim and golf teams as well as the National Honor Society. Jack is an Eagle Scout and a member of West End United Methodist Church. He enjoys sports, playing music and hiking, and serving as a counselor for youth summer camps at Lakeshore United Methodist Assembly. This fall Jack will attend Rhodes College in Memphis where he plans to study Economics, Political Science and Urban Studies.


Fourth Place, $2,000: Holly Kay Sobon

Holly Kay Sobon is descended from James and Mary Chilton and is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   She is a competitive swimmer, competing at the state level and her volunteer efforts have included therapeutic horseback riding as therapy for disabled children. She was a member of the National Honor Society in high school as well as a Junior Marshal at the 2016 graduation ceremony and finished in the top 3% of her class. Holly is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is pursuing a career in the medical field and possibly looking at majoring in biology as a step toward this goal.



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