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Marissa Salabert Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 14, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
“We want to do something meaningful in her memory. I feel good…we’re celebrating her life,” says Maria Salabert of this scholarship fund established in memory of her daughter, Marissa, who died in 2007 at age 19.

A 2005 graduate of Pilgrim High School where she was an honors student, Marissa earned the school’s most spirited award her senior year. She was a member of Pilgrim’s All-American high school cheerleading team, having cheered since her days at Aldrich Junior High where she was on the school’s first cheerleading squad.

“She was very excitable, very bubbly, and a very happy person. She always had a lot of friends and was a good friend to a lot of people. The principal (at Pilgrim) would depend on her at pep rallies to get the crowd going. And she never had any qualms about being in front of a microphone,” Maria recalls of her outgoing daughter.

A summer camp counselor at the Kent County YMCA, Marissa enrolled at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, following high school. After just one semester, she transferred to the University of Rhode Island to pursue a degree in elementary education. She was a sophomore there at the time of her death.

“There were so many things she would do that would surprise you. She was an organ donor and I remember when she went with me one time to renew my driver’s license, she said to me, ‘Don’t you want to be an organ donor, too?’” Maria relates, noting that hundreds of people were beneficiaries of Marissa’s skin alone.

Following Marissa’s death, her friends helped raise funds to honor her. “Administrators at Pilgrim High School told them we could work with the Foundation to set up a fund. And I’ve always known the Foundation has done a lot of work in terms of scholarships and in supporting the community,” Maria states.

Marissa’s name will live on through this scholarship fund, designated for Pilgrim High School and awarded annually to a senior who plans to study elementary education and/or who exhibits school spirit.
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