First Annual Edward M. Sheehan, Jr. Scholarship Award Given to Plymouth, NH College Student


From left to Right: Edward M. Sheehan III, Megan Kristiansen, Ramona Sheehan, and Christin Badylak-Reals.


At a breakfast hosted by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF), the first annual Edward M. Sheehan, Jr. Award scholarship was given to Christin Badylak-Reals, a NH resident and student at the University of New Hampshire. The award is named in honor of Windham’s founder, Big Ed.

For the past thirteen years, Windham has contributed to NHHEAF’s College Equals Opportunity (CEO) scholarship program, which awards New Hampshire college juniors and seniors with funds to help pay for college. Christin was selected for the $2,500 scholarship through a rigorous, months-long selection process.

A rising senior studying mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, Christin is currently a Distributed Generation intern at National Grid. Passionate about environmental conservation, she sees her dream job within the energy field and working with policymakers to create a healthier and more sustainable world.

When asked if she had any advice for other students applying for scholarships, Christin suggested focusing on regional scholarships and, of course, “Apply, apply, apply. The more you put out there, the greater your chances are for receiving an award.”

An awards ceremony was held on May 31st at the New Hampshire Higher Education Campus. Ramona, Eddie, and Megan represented Windham and presented the award to Christin, giving her the opportunity to learn more about our founder and history with the scholarship. The CEO scholarship fund was established in 2005 and has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to 101 New Hampshire college juniors and seniors. Windham has been a major donor to this program since its inception with donations totaling $125,000.

To read more about the CEO scholarship and view the full list of recipients, visit NHHEAF’s website.