The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) has announced the winners of its 2020 scholarships. They are Emily Lyssenko, Isaias Martinez and Caitlin Murphy.
D.A. Foster Memorial Scholarship
Emily Lyssenko is the 2020 recipient of the NUCA Scholarship Foundation’s DA Foster Memorial Scholarship. Emily graduated from J.P. Taravella High School at the top of her class, earning numerous academic awards including various class achievement awards and the Princeton Book Award. Through high school she was heavily involved with the Speech and Debate team, competing across Florida in both regional and national-circuit tournaments. She served as team President and Speech Captain during her senior year. Emily also founded an official UNICEF Club chapter at her school which brought students together in order to fundraise and advocate for humanitarian aid programs across the globe. Additional extracurriculars of hers included Teen Political Forum, Drama Club, Foreign Language Honors Society, National Honors Society, and Math Honors Society. During the summer following her junior year, Emily also completed an internship at Coral Springs City Hall, working for the Human Resources Department and gaining hands-on experience with different facets of municipal government. She will be attending the University of Florida as a member of the honors college program, studying international relations and economics with the intent of becoming a foreign service officer one day. Emily is the daughter of Aimee and Ilia Lyssenko. Ilia is an employee with NUCA member company, Giannetti Contracting.
NUCA 4-Year Scholarship
Isaias Martinez is the recipient of NUCA’s Four Year Scholarship. He attended Spoto High School in Riverview, Florida, where he graduated 2nd in his class with a 7.2 GPA. Throughout those four years, Isaias took part in various clubs including the Math club, Science club, and National Honor Society. He completed over 300 hours of volunteer work in Shriners Hospital for Children and Brandon Regional Hospital, while also taking part in his school’s marching band and wind ensemble as the principal trumpet. During his senior year, he was already fully enrolled in the University of South Florida as an early admit and remained in high school solely for band class so that he could perform with his peers one last year. Isaias now remains at USF where he has plans to earn a B.S in Biomedical Sciences and a B.A in Music Studies, and then continue his education in Medical School in order to become a Cardiac Surgeon. Outside of his professional pursuits, Isaias also plans on playing gigs with jazz bands or community orchestras for the rest of his life. His parents are Maria Samano and Rolando Martinez, with NUCA member company RIPA Construction.
William & Shirley Burgett Scholarship
Caitlin Murphy is the recipient of the William & Shirley Burgett Scholarship. Caitlin graduated from Exeter-Milligan High School, where she was involved in music, speech, softball, National Honor Society, quiz bowl, and student council. She was selected as a four-year member of the Nebraska All-State Band. As a junior, Caitlin was a recipient of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Young Artist Award. She was heavily involved in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and served as Nebraska’s Vice President of Competitive Events during her senior year. Caitlin worked as a part-time accounting assistant at Horizontal Boring & Tunneling Co. during her junior and senior years. She is continuing her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she plans to pursue degrees in actuarial science and mathematics. Caitlin is the daughter of Brian and Angie Murphy from NUCA Member Horizontal Boring & Tunneling Co.