Notre Dame graduate earns scholarship

Henry Schafer, center, is joined by instructor Rich Monroe and Student Services Coordinator Maggie Poray after receiving the Electrical Association of Western New York’s School-to-Work Scholarship at the Batavia CTE Center.

BATAVIA — Henry Schafer is a young man who sets a goal and is not afraid to work hard to achieve it.

Schafer, a 2021 Notre Dame High School graduate, was enrolled in the Electro-Mechanical Trades Program at the Batavia Career and Technical Education Center. Henry was recently awarded the Electrical Association of Western New York’s School-to-Work Scholarship.

According to the Electrical Association of WNY, the purpose of this $500 grant is to be used toward the cost of tools for individuals seeking a career in the electrical trade.

Schafer plans to attend Alfred State College of Technology to study electrical construction and maintenance electrician. His long-term goal is to, “Work as an electrician to take care of myself, my family, and keep a roof over our heads.”

Rich Monroe is the Instructor of the Electro-Mechanical Trades Program at the Batavia CTE Center.

“Henry’s growth has been remarkable,” Monroe said in a news release. “He came into this program as a very timid person. Last summer, he had a co-op job with Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning where he was able to use the skills that he learned in this program. Henry has a tremendous work ethic.”

As of June, Schafer was in a work co-op program with Bonduelle in Bergen where he was gaining valuable on-the-job experience. The worldwide food processing company has three locations statewide.

“I’m learning how to fix motors and ballasts,” Schafer said. So much of what I learned in this program is helping me in this co-op,” Henry said.

Schafer has many accomplishments, BOCES officials said.

He was a member of the National Honor Society at Notre Dame High School and also a member of the National Technical Honor Society at the Batavia CTE Center. He has been a recipient of the Notre Dame High School Anima Christi Award, and is also a scholar athlete for both cross country and swimming.

Schafer was awarded the New York State Triple C Award which recognizes the courage, character, and commitment of New York State’s outstanding students. In his free time, he volunteers at St. Michael’s Church as an altar server and usher, and helps in his church’s Clothes Closet.

The Electrical Association of Western New York established a School-to-Work Scholarship in 1998. All applicants are judged on academic achievement in school and personal characteristics by an independent panel of area school educators.

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