Jiayuan Shen of Uncasville, CT has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Donald B. Wilbur Scholarship, presented by the Liberty Bank Foundation. Established in 2008 in honor of retiring Liberty Bank Chairman Donald B. Wilbur, the $1,000 scholarship is presented annually to a student who plans to major in engineering or a technology-related field.
Jiayuan Shen is a graduate of Montville High School who plans to attend the University of Connecticut to study mechanical engineering. Teachers describe Shen as a highly motivated, intelligent, and enthusiastic young woman. In high school, Shen was involved in the International Club, Young Educators Society Club, Math Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Asian New Year Meal, and peer tutoring ELL students. In her community, Shen volunteered at the Otis Library, Mohegan Elementary School, Orchard Grove Specialty Care Center, and with the Hatian Health Foundation.
“Jiayuan always strives to do her best in class. She works well with her peers and consistently exhibits a strong work ethic when it comes to her academics,” said Ben Stone, Mathematics Department Head at Montville High School. “These personal traits have enabled her to achieve a high academic status which includes National Honor Society, being named Rensselaer Medalist, and earning honors with distinction for every quarter at Montville High School.”
Donald B. Wilbur became a corporator of Liberty Bank in 1993 and joined the board of directors two years later. He was elected chairman in 2004 and served in that role until his retirement from the board in 2008. He retired in 2002 as plant manager of Unilever HPC, USA in Clinton. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Wilbur joined Chesebrough-Pond’s USA in 1970 and held various positions over the years at plants in Alabama, Missouri, and Connecticut.
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