Bedford Women’s Club awards annual scholarships

BEDFORD – The Bedford Women’s Club is pleased to present the Josephine A. Fearon Scholarship to two high school seniors who are residents of Bedford. Educator and president of the Bedford Women’s Club in the 1940s, Fearon established the Bedford Women’s Club Scholarship for high school seniors.

On June 8, club members Kathleen McMillan and Alice Quilty presented Josephine A. Fearon Scholarships. Neelam Sandhu and Clare Zarka, both members of the Bedford High School Class of 2017, received a $2,500 scholarship.

Sandhu has had a special commitment to Model UN, where she has developed a problem solving mindset. She will pursue global affairs and ethics, politics and economics at Yale.

Zarka, as president of Bedford High School’s National Honor Society, has proposed new bylaws and channeled the focus of NHS into stronger active participation in order to leave a lasting impact. In college she hopes to embrace pre-med studies.

On May 31, Darlene Sargent of the BWC Scholarship Committee presented the Josephine A. Fearon Scholarship to Ravalika Damerla, a member of the Bishop Brady High School Class of 2017.

Damerla will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. Five years ago, she discovered her love of engineering by participating in a FIRST robotics competition. Four years ago, she discovered her passion for helping others by working along side refugees at Common Earth Farm in Bedford. This was valuable both for the skills she learned and the empathy she developed for the refugees. Combining these two passions, she hopes to embrace a career where she can help others through science and technology.

To contact the club, go to or write to Bedford Women’s Club, P.O. Box 10015, Bedford, NH 03110.