CT REALTORS® FOUNDATION AWARDS $54,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS - 2022 RAYMOND F. GATES JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
EAST HARTFORD, CT (June 9, 2022) – The Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation announced their 2022 Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners. The Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Raymond F. Gates, Jr. following his tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Gates was the Executive Vice President of the Connecticut REALTORS®. Over the past 46 years, children of REALTORS® have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation received more than 100 applications. This year, 62 outstanding children of CT REALTORS® were selected to receive a total of $54,000 in scholarships.
The Greenwich Association of REALTORS® is proud to announce 5 local receipts were among the 62 selected. Thomas Connolly, son of REALTOR®-Associate Kathryn Connolly of Houlihan Lawrence, Paulina Finz, daughter of REALTOR®-Associate Noah Finz of Houlihan Lawrence, Ella Magnuson, daughter of REALTOR®-Associate Steven Magnuson of Douglas Elliman, Bryce Metalios, son of REALTOR® Joy Metalios of Houlihan Lawrence, and Ekaterina Ulyanov, daughter of REALTOR®-Associate Tatiana Ulyanov of Coldwell Banker.
Thomas Connolly currently attends the University of Connecticut where he is majoring in Finance with a minor in Spanish. Thomas spent some time in Spain while in school, loves the culture and would like to return to help out at the school he attended there. He has volunteered more than 200 hours to a variety of causes including Person to Person, Guiding Eyes to the Blind and Stamford Youth Lacrosse (coach). Thomas is the son of REALTOR®-Associate Kathryn Connolly with Houlihan Lawrence in Riverside.
Paulina Finz graduated from Greenwich High School in June. Paulina has a passion for helping children and adults. She volunteers with Pathways, Inc., a private, non-profit agency that provides services for adults who suffer from severe and prolonged mental illnesses. She was a member of four National Honor Societies and carried a heavy course load of almost all AP and Honors classes. Paulina has been a member of the Greenwich Marlins Swim Team for over 10 years and was on the Varsity Swim and Dive team all four years of high school. In the fall, she’ll attend the University of Richmond to start earning a degree in Education. Paulina is the daughter of REALTOR®-Associate Noah Finz with Houlihan Lawrence in Riverside.
Ella Magnuson attends the University of Denver where she is majoring in Communication Studies. As a college freshman, she was chosen by her professor to be “class peer notetaker”, where the notes are shared with those in the Disability Services Program. In addition to her challenging coursework and being on the Dean’s List her freshman year, Ella is chairwoman of the Diversity and Inclusionary Board in her sorority, a member of the Dance Club and in the Lamont Women’s Chorus. Ella is the daughter of REALTOR®-Associate Steven Magnuson with Douglas Elliman in Greenwich.
Bryce Metalios is a 2022 graduate from Greenwich High School who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. With a 4.8 GPA and impressive 1530 SAT score, Bryce is also a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, AP Scholar with Distinction, a Physical Science Achievement and Scholarship/Historical Research Inquiry Project Award winner along with being a Social Studies Honor Society member. This past year Bryce was captain of the lacrosse team. He’s been on the Varsity team since freshman year when he was the only freshman on the team. Bryce is the son of REALTOR®-Associate Joy Metalios with Houlihan Lawrence in Greenwich.
Ekaterina Ulyanov attends Williams College where she is majoring in Physics. In high school she was selected for the highly competitive “Discovery to Cure” Internship Program sponsored by Yale Medical School as well as the National program “Camp Neuro” at New York Medical College. Ekaterina currently works as a research assistant for the Williams College Physics Department. She is also a Staff Writer for The Williams Record, the official newspaper of Williams College. A recent article of hers titled “A Russian-American’s Lament” outlines the social/political history between Ukraine and Russia, warns readers about the power of sensationalist news media/propaganda and outlines ways readers can help Ukrainian refugees. Ekaterina is the daughter of REALTOR®-Associate Tatiana Ulyanov with Coldwell Banker in Greenwich.