Annual Laura A. Martins Teachers Scholarship - Middletown, Rhode IslandIDEX Health & Science

    Annual Laura A. Martins Teachers Scholarship

    Prior to the construction of Middletown High School, the town utilized five one-room schoolhouse buildings: Wyatt (1700’s), Peabody (1794), Oliphant (1823), Paradise (1875), and Witherbee (1892). Each were an integral part of the Middletown school system, with Paradise and Witherbee remaining as historic sites in Middletown. They represent a bygone era of learning when schools had no electricity, bathrooms, or effective heating system. During this time, a teacher would have the responsibility of teaching all subjects to several grades of students within the schoolhouse.

    Brian O’Flaherty’s (an IDEX Health & Science Key Account Manager) great Aunt, Laura A. Martins, was a first generation American. Laura taught in two of these one-room schoolhouses in Middletown, Rhode Island from 1917 to 1943, then continued to teach in the Newport school systems for 10 more years. In memory of this extraordinary teacher, each year IDEX Foundation matches Brian’s donation of $1,000 to award a student from Middletown High School with aspirations to be a teacher with a $2,000 scholarship.

    Caleb, Laura A. Martins 2021 Scholarship Winner

    This year, the scholarship was awarded to Caleb Leys. Caleb will attend the University of Maine this fall to focus on a degree in athletic training for professional athletes. This degree focuses on what causes sports injuries and how to prevent them. His goal is to become an athletic trainer. Congratulations Caleb, we wish you the best of luck!

    Andrew and Ashanti, Laura A. Martins 2020 Scholarship Winners

    In 2020, the scholarship was awarded to two winners, Andrew Skirzenski and Ashanti Prout. Andrew studies Education for Mathematics at SUNY Albany and Ashanti studies Elementary Education at New England College.

    Madison, Laura A. Martins 2019 Scholarship Winner

    In 2019, the scholarship was awarded to Madison Holden. She is attending Rhode Island College for her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education and Sign Language for the deaf. Even before Madison received this scholarship, she was regularly volunteering as a peer-model to students with severe and profound physical and cognitive needs. She has a passion and drive to help students grow and learn no matter what their background or learning disability is.

    Abbey and Laurie, Laura A. Martins 2018 Scholarship Winners

    In 2018, the scholarship was awarded to two winners, Abbey Loughlin and Laurie Hall. Abbie is attending Merrimack College to become an elementary school teacher and Laurie is attending Ithaca College to become a music teacher.

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