Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship

After Terry’s passing in February 2011, The Butler family worked in conjunction with Terry’s second family at the University of Rhode Island and the Ryan Center in establishing a scholarship for a graduate of URI. This scholarship has been awarded yearly since 2011.

After Terry’s passing in February 2011, The Butler family worked in conjunction with Terry’s second family at the University of Rhode Island and the Ryan Center in establishing a scholarship for a graduate of URI. This scholarship has been awarded yearly since 2011.

Scholarship Winners

2017 Winners

Erica BallErica Ball
University of Rhode Island

The winner of the 2017 Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship for a URI graduate is Erica Ball. Erica is from Coventry, RI, and graduated from URI in December with her degree in Physical and Health Education from URI’s Kinesiology program. She worked in the Box Office at The Ryan Center for five years, being hired as a freshman, and was a supervisor for her last three years. Erica showed an incredible amount of personal and professional growth, from a shy freshman to one of the the most dependable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable employees in the box office, making her a fantastic recipient of the award. A $2,000.00 check was presented to her at Terry’s Memorial Scholarship event on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Rhode Island Rams Men’s basketball game vs. the St Bonaventure Bonnies. Terry’s friends from Rhode Island, The Ryan Center and members of the Butler family were on hand to congratulate Erica on the court at halftime of the game. Since graduating, she has secured a full time position as a physical education/health teacher at Chariho High school in Richmond, RI.

Jacquelyn TwaddleJacquelyn Twaddle
North Hunterdon High School

The Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship for 2017 was presented to North Hunterdon graduating senior, Jacquelyn Twaddle. While attending North Hunterdon, Jackie excelled as a student and completed her career in the top ten of her class. She played soccer and ran track and field, competing in the hurdles. She compiled many hours of community service and is also a Girl Scout. She presents herself as a focused and accomplished student and will attend Rutgers University in the fall. We are proud to bestow this year’s scholarship to Jacqueline Twaddle

Aaron MinchinAaron Minchin
Voorhees High School

TThe Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship Award for 2017 was presented to Voorhees High School senior Aaron Minchin. During his four years at Voorhees, Aaron has displayed an outstanding list of accomplishments, academically, athletically and also through various extracurricular activities. Competing in Track and Fencing provided great lessons in sportsmanship as well as time management. He participated in the Mock Trial Team and was an active member of his Youth Group. Aaron will attend Kutztown University to major in Marketing and Military Science. We are proud to bestow this scholarship to Aaron Minchin.

2016 Winners

2016-jessica-corio-3Jessica Corio
University of Rhode Island

The winner of the 2016 Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship for a URI graduate is Jessica Corio. Jess is from Lincoln, RI, and graduated from URI this May with her doctorate in Pharmacy form URI’s PharmD program.  She worked in the Box Office for five years, and was a supervisor for four.   For five years, Jess showed an incredible amount of personal and professional growth, and was one of the hardest working, dependable, and intelligent workers in the box office, making her a fantastic recipient of the award.  A $2,500.00 check was presented to her at Terry’s Memorial Scholarship event on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Rhode Island Rams Men’s basketball game vs. the Duquesne Dukes. Terry’s friends from Rhode Island and The Ryan Center were on hand to congratulate Jess on the court at halftime of the game. The Butler family wishes Jess the best in all of his future endeavors.

2016-shannon-tymesShannon Tymes
North Hunterdon High School

Ms. Tymes is a June graduate of North Hunterdon High School.  She distinguished herself as a scholar and as a student committed to community service.  She was recognized in her junior year for completing 100+ hours of community service.  She is the recipient of the 2016 Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship and was awarded a $2000.00 check to continue her formal education.  She will be attending Cedarville University in the fall to become a registered nurse.

2016-mackenzie-kileyMackenzie Kiley
Voorhees High School

Ms. Kiley is a June graduate of Voorhees High School.  She excelled as a scholar-athlete and also with her many hours of community service.  She is the recipient of the 2016 Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship and was awarded a $2000.00 check to continue her formal education.  She will be attending Centenary University to study Physical Therapy.

2015 Winners

2015-conner-bConner Daigle
University of Rhode Island

The winner of the 2015 Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship for a URI graduate is Connor Daigle. Connor, who is from Rutland, MA, graduated from URI this May with a degree in Finance. An employee for three years, he was a supervisor with the Event Staff for the previous two. This year, he also worked in the Finance Department. He was the recipient of the award due to his three years of excellent work, both at the Ryan Center and in the classroom. A $2500.00 check was presented to him at Terry’s Happy Hour event on Friday, May 29, 2015, in Rhode Island. Terry’s friends from The Ryan Center were on hand to congratulate Connor and put on raffle with donations from URI Athletics, The Butler family, Centerplate, The TD Bank North Garden among others to continue to fund this scholarship. The Butler family wishes Connor the best in all of his future endeavors.

2015-kelliKelli Liebermann
North Hunterdon High School

The Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship for 2015 was presented to North Hunterdon graduating senior, Kelli Liebermann. While attending North Hunterdon for four years, Kelli distinguished herself as a student as she was an officer of the National Honor Society, a member of the Spanish Honor Society, and National Math Honor Society. She was honored with other awards including Academic Excellence in World Languages, School Counts Award, and Community Service Achievement.

Kelli’s record in service to the community is equally impressive. She has served as Captain and Chair for the local Relay for Life, coach and team leader for the Special Olympics, and was the goalie for North’s varsity girls’ soccer team. She presents herself as a focused and accomplished student and will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall. We are proud to bestow this year’s scholarship to Kelli Liebermann.

2015-voorheesJoseph Fernicola
Voorhees High School

The Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship Award for 2015 was presented to Voorhees High School senior Joseph Fernicola. During his four years at Voorhees, Joseph has displayed an outstanding list of accomplishments, including the National Society of High School Scholars, High Achievement Award for Science, the Most Respectful Student Award, and the Cum Laude National Latin Award. While in school, he participated in the sports of fencing and spring track and has received a black belt in karate.

Joseph’s most accomplished and continuing interest is that of his work with the Boy Scouts of America. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and is currently an assistant Scoutmaster and instructor. We are proud to bestow this scholarship to Joseph Fernicola.

2014 Winners

2014-scholarship-winner-01Keri Dyer
University of Rhode Island

Keri, a resident of Smithfield, RI, graduated from URI in May 2014 with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology.  She was the recipient of this award due to her drive, determination and dedication to her family, her goals and work at The Ryan Center.  A $2500.00 check was presented to her at a scholarship dinner on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in RI.  She had family and friends with her as she accepted the award.  Terry Butler’s friends from The Ryan Center were on hand to congratulate Keri and put on a basket auction to continue to fund this scholarship.  The Butler family wishes Keri the best in all of her future endeavors.

 

2014-scholarship-winner-02Marc Monks
North Hunterdon High School

Marc Monks of Annandale, NJ was the first recipient of the North Hunterdon Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship.  Marc was selected due to his resilient nature, his many charitable activities as well as his academic success.  The $1000.00 check was presented to Marc on June 5, 2014 at a ceremony at NHHS.  Marc will be attending Assumption College and takes all the best wishes from the Butler family with him.

 

 

 

2014-scholarship-winner-03Alexander Minchin
Voorhees High School

The 2014 recipient of the first Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship for a Voorhees High School graduate went to Alexander Minchin from Hampton, NJ.  The $1000.00 award was presented on June 3, 2014 in front of Alex’s family and friends.  Alex was selected due to his ability to face adversity with a positive attitude and courage.  He will be attending Mercer County Community College to major in Digital Filmmaking.  The Butler family wishes him the best of luck as he continues his education.

 

2013 Winner

2013-scholarship-winnerCaitlin Neville
University of Rhode Island

Raised in the small town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Caitlin Neville knew early on that writing would be a big part of her life. Entering the University of Rhode Island as journalism major in 2009, Caitlin found herself enthralled in college life. Where, not soon after, Caitlin joined the operations staff at the Ryan Center. She learned the ins and outs of planning and setting up for a variety of events. Landing a coveted internship at Newport Life Magazine in her senior year, Caitlin successfully earned her first publishing nod. Here, she would excel in writing feature stories, thus granting her the opportunity to cover one of the magazine’s ‘Best of’ award winners stories. Graduating in the spring 2013, with a degree in both journalism and writing, Caitlin hopes to one day pursue a career with National Geographic.

-James Morris
Operations Manager at The Ryan Center

 

2012 Winner

2012 Scholarship WinnerAndrew Rumbel
University of Rhode Island

Andrew Rumbel attended the University of Rhode Island from 2008 to 2012 where he majored in business. He was a brother of the ZBT Fraternity. Andrew began joined the operations department at the Boss Ice Arena in 2009. In his senior year of school, Andrew became the second recipient to win the Terry Butler Memorial Scholarship. As a truly professional and outspoken employee, there was very little debate that Andrew was the appropriate candidate to receive the scholarship. After his experience at the Boss Ice Arena, Andrew has now gone on to work for the EMC company as a data augmentation annalist.

-Beth Northup
Office Manager at Boss Ice Arena

 

2011 Winner

2011 Scholarship winnerGreg Lowe
University of Rhode Island

Greg was a great member of the Ryan Center and Boss Arena team. Working together with Greg for 6 years truly made my job easier. He brought patience and a great attitude to work every day. He was always receptive to learning and very dependable. Not only was Greg a fantastic employee but is also a friend. Greg graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. After working 6 years as a key member of the operations department here at the Ryan Center, Greg spent a year at the Tsongas Center In Lowell, MA as an Operations Manager. Currently, Greg works as the Maintenance Manager at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

-Jim Cordeiro
Director of Facilities at The Ryan Center

Thank You

The Butler family wishes to thank everyone who made these scholarships possible. We received generous support and are truly thankful for everyone who made each fundraising event a success. The TB 5K walk/run was a true team effort. The Butler family received an overwhelming amount of support from the good people of Hampton, NJ and surrounding communities. The entire community of Hampton pitched in and made the first Terry Butler 5k a huge success. Many sponsors, volunteers and of course, runners, made this a truly remarkable event.

We are also grateful for Terry’s second family, the many good people from RI. Terry loved living there and working at The Ryan Center provided him with an opportunity to form strong bonds with a group of amazing event planning professionals. Members of the Ryan Center staff at URI continue to support his family and honor Terry. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and assisted us with our fundraising activities. Without your assistance, we would not be able to fund these scholarships and honor and remember Terry.