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8/28/2013 - Bridgeport resident wins UIL scholarship

UIL Holdings Corp. has awarded its first $2,000 scholarship from the Kimberly J. Norris Memorial Scholarship Fund to Rayquiner Hills, a 2013 graduate of Bassick High School and a freshman at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus.

“I feel very blessed to receive the Norris Memorial Scholarship,” Hills said. “The money will help me pay for a laptop and other college expenses.”

The fund was established in honor of Kimberly J. Norris, a training specialist who worked for the United Illuminating Co. for 30 years before passing away in September 2012.

Norris was a proponent of life-long learning and recognized the importance of education. Later in life, she decided to go back to school to get her associate’s degree as part of her own professional growth. She inspired her fellow colleagues with her determination and perseverance.

This memorial scholarship is a tribute to her memory and is a partnership between UIL Holdings and the Bridgeport Public Education Fund. The fund awards a college student attending a two-year or four-year college with a major in business.

Students participating in the Bridgeport Public Education Fund’s College Assistance Program (CAP) were eligible to apply. To qualify and receive the scholarship, Hills had to submit an essay, demonstrate financial need and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 during her senior year of high school.

“Kim was a person who truly believed in giving back,” said Elisabet Torres, a UI human resources training specialist who worked closely with Norris. “She was a selfless, motivated and happy-go-lucky person who was loved by everyone in the Customer Care Center. She believed in sharing all the knowledge that she had, and I think Kim would be proud to know that a college student is benefiting from a scholarship in her memory.”