We presented the 2nd Annual Anthony “Tony” Martin Memorial Scholarship at the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in the school auditorium.
Tony Martin was the lead carpentry foreman at Care Free Homes in Fairhaven for over 30 years. On February 9, 2022, Care Free Homes was forever changed with Tony’s unexpected passing. We created the Anthony “Tony” Martin Memorial Scholarship to support the next generation of tradespeople and honor the life of a special Care Free Homes family member.
Nathan Marcelino, a GNBVT senior in the carpentry shop, was this year’s scholarship recipient. “Ever since I have joined the program, I fell in love with carpentry. I wanted to learn everything they had to offer about the trade and I knew that I wanted to get a job out in the trade after high school” said Marcelino.
Marcelino has also been one of our three Co-Op students for the past two years. “I have learned so much more out on the job site than I have in school…There are some things that can only be taught in the real world.” he said.
Scholarship candidates had to be a graduating senior from either Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Old Colony Vocational Technical High School, or the YouthBuild New Bedford program. Candidates were required to provide letters of recommendation, a copy of their transcript or letter of good standing, and also had to write an essay or create a video to introduce themselves. Every candidate was committed to pursuing a carpentry career immediately after graduation. Most importantly, candidates had to embody everything that Tony Martin exemplified: high moral character, pride of craftsmanship, commitment to quality, and an outstanding work ethic.
The scholarship award totaled $1000 which comprised of a $500 gift certificate to Carter’s Clothing for boots and work apparel and a $500 gift certificate to Burns Power Tools for necessary tools and equipment.
A jumbo check, donated by our friends from Village Signs in Mattapoisett, was presented by Tony’s daughter, Ashley Martin. “When Care Free Homes reached out to me about establishing the Anthony “Tony” Martin scholarship for a local carpentry student I was filled with many emotions. Although my family and I still grieve the loss of my dad, I’m grateful that his memory will be kept alive through this special award.” she said.
Congratulations Nathan and sending lots of Care Free love and heavenly hugs to our dear friend, Tony!!
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