Ds Scholarship

Ouellette family starts scholarship

Published: 1/30/2022 1:01:34 PM

Modified: 1/30/2022 1:00:05 PM

A scholarship in honor of Nick and Gavin Ouellette is being created and will hopefully be awarded toward the end of the school year.

Noted in a Facebook post by Jen Ouellette, Nick and Gavin’s mother, the family is putting on a community-wide event at Bow High School in order to raise funds for the scholarship.

“Proceeds from admission and baked good sale will go to a fund that Tom and I are starting in order to begin a scholarship,” the post reads.

Along with a baked goods sale, the event will have a magician and illusionist. Donations will also be accepted but are not required. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 6-8 pm

“My biggest fear since their loss has been that they would be forgotten,” she said. “So I need to do everything in my power to keep their names, their souls, their lives, their smiles alive.”

Ideally, the scholarship will go to two student-athletes, one male one female, who embody the same characteristics that Nick and Gavin did. While of course academics are an important factor, they won’t be considered the be-all-end-all when decided who to award the scholarships to, according to the Ouellettes.

Some of the blueprints for criteria are still being made such as a committee board that would oversee the selection process and the awarding. Other information being considered would be an essay for the application and a resume that includes community service as both Nick and Gavin often did various community service events.

Nick and Gavin were tragically killed in a car accident last September, and their father, Tom, sustained serious injuries. A large celebration of life was held at SNHU Arena in Manchester where stories from those that knew Gavin and Nick were shared.

Nick was a junior at Bow High and a football player. Teams from around the state wore his number, 55, as helmet decals throughout the rest of the season and at the Falcons first home game after the accident fans wore pink, his favorite color.

Gavin was a first grader who too loved sports like his older brother. He was well-known for his charismatic personality and for always having a smile on his face.

More information about the scholarship and the event are anticipated to be posted on the Bow community Facebook page.

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