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2009 Student of Character Still Soaring


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — We continue our weekly series, Student of Character. This time, we check in to see how the overall 2009 winner, Troy Scammon, is doing in college.

Throughout high school at White Oak in Westfield, he volunteered at the Therapeutic Equestrian Center, was captain of the basketball team, worked a part-time job, and earned a 3.9 GPA. He accomplished all of this while persevering through a learning difficulty.

“In my case, I have to work that extra mile because if I don’t, then I can’t really succeed,” said Scammon in 2009. “I’m gonna struggle. So, I always have to work harder to succeed”

That determination has continued at American International College where he is on a four-year full-tuition scholarship. He’s now in his junior year.

“You really get a sense of family atmosphere in the classroom, on the campus,” said Scammon. “And I love it everyday.”

Scammon speaks fondly of his family and teachers who have supported him along the way. And he wants to return that favor for the rest of his life. He’s majoring in liberal studies. He plans to work with kids at the Y or in Special Olympics to show them they can overcome personal obstacles just he did. 

“Helping to show them that there’s someone there to support them whatever they need, whatever they want,” said Scammon. “And really showing the community that you can make a difference.” 

Student of Character is sponsored by ABC40, The Republican, Masslive.com, American International College, Big Y World Class Market and Country Bank. Students are nominated by their teachers and principals in the fall. All of the students are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to American International College. But in the spring, just one of them will be awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college, a new laptop from Big Y World Class Market and a savings bond from Country Bank.