We are happy to announce that we had the honor of awarding the 2023 Hearts with Hope Scholarship to Rylie Forcier.
The HWH scholarship was created last year to recognize a graduating senior of WHS who exemplifies our core values. A young person who not only works hard in school but has a passion for their community and giving back. When developing our criteria, we decided that while grades are important, we wanted to create an opportunity to award a student who found ways to volunteer in their community and planned to continue giving back in their future endeavors.
Rylie is a perfect example of this. She has volunteered as a peer mentor for special needs students, at the George Nasuti 5K, and was also involved with Unified Sports; not forgetting to mention her involvement in various food drives and school events. Most recently she became active in the Milagros Project helping to feed and supply basic needs to the city's at-risk population.
She has set a goal to earn a degree in business at Rhode Island College and plans to return to continue supporting the city of Woonsocket. As she said in her essay, “it is part of my character to always get involved in my community and give back to the city that has given me so much.”
We are proud to award Rylie with this scholarship and a lifetime membership to Hearts with Hope. We can't wait to see all of the amazing things she does in the future.