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Four Students Awarded $10,000 Scholarships

The Isidore Wise Scholarship Fund was established through a generous bequest from Mr. Isidore Wise, a member of Newington Children’s Hospital Board of Directors for 45 years. Since 1996, Connecticut Children’s has stewarded these funds by awarding educational scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are current or past patients at Connecticut Children’s.

This year, more than 200 students applied to receive one of four $10,000 scholarships. Please join us in congratulating all of the 2024 high school seniors who applied—all of whom persevered through a wide range of health challenges on their way to bright and healthy futures!

The four recipients of the 2024 Isidore Wise Scholarship are Paige Mahoney, Alexis Brill-Konitshek, Sam Stoltz and Amanda Corrice.

Meet this year’s Isidore Wise Scholars

Paige Mahoney

As an honors student at Simsbury High School, Paige Mahoney used her lived experience with chronic illness—and her blog—to become an advocate for better disability representation in the media. Inspired by the doctors and nurses who cared for her in Connecticut Children’s gastroenterology and pain management clinics, she has her eye on a career in medicine and public health, and will attend Yale University, majoring in medical anthropology and global health. In her spare time, she runs her own Etsy shop where she sells her crochet, watercolor and calligraphy creations.

Alexis Brill-Konitshek

Alexis Brill-Konitshek has known since she was a young child that she wanted to be an EMT making a difference in her community. While an honors student at Wolcott High School, she completed both EMT and CNA training. She will build on this experience as she pursues a Nursing degree at Central Connecticut State University. Despite appointments in Connecticut Children’s pulmonology and cardiology divisions, she’s amassed over 1,300 hours of community service volunteering at a local hospital, ambulance service, summer camp, school events and the American Red Cross.

Sam Stoltz

Sandy Hook resident Sam Stoltz is an honors student at Newtown High School, a volunteer passionate about youth sports and environmental conservation, and a local entrepreneur whose lawn care business employs 10 people. Debilitating headaches and chronic pain sent him to Connecticut Children’s, where the pain management division tailored a treatment plan focused on physical and emotional healing. He is headed to the University of Florida, where he’ll be a Gator studying Finance and Computer Science. His lawn care clients can rest easy—he plans to continue his thriving business during summer breaks.

Amanda Corrice

Montville High School honors student Amanda Corrice has sky-high goals! An early interest in aircraft is taking her to Clarkson University, where she will double-major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She’ll also be an Ignite Presidential Fellow, working with Clarkson professors and professional engineers to develop an innovative and multifunctional post-operative machine to help surgery patients heal faster. And thanks to her care in Connecticut Children’s gastroenterology and sports medicine divisions, she’ll get to realize another goal…playing college softball alongside her older sister.

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