Aspire Higher Achievement Award

At Exeter Job Corps Academy

This scholarship exists to perpetuate the memory of Krista Weller Burns, who at the young age of 24, was elected to serve on the Exeter Town Council.  During her two terms in office, from 1999 through 2002, she worked to help overcome heated opposition to the Job Corps project.  She assisted State and Federal officials in their efforts to bring the Job Corps Academy to Exeter because she believed in the Job Corps mission and felt strongly that it would play a significant role in the lives of youth who would benefit from an alternative path to success. 

Krista was a dynamic young woman who held her own in the sometimes contentious or downright nasty arena of local politics. She worked with heart and head for improved communication and collaboration among council members. Those who doubted her abilities due to age and gender came to respect and admire her hard work and professionalism.  It took one more YES vote to make Job Corps a reality and she worked to convince one more opposition council member to make a difference and help to give young adults a second chance at success. She had a lot of true grit!

With this award, we honor Krista’s hard work and willingness to give her time and energy at such a young age, serving her community.  We continue her support of the Job Corps mission by supporting the hopes and dreams of young adults working to create a better future for themselves and others.  If even one life has been changed for the better, then Krista’s efforts were well spent.

Scholarship Details & Qualifications

Applications may be requested through the Education & Training Manager’s Office
at The Exeter Job Corps Academy. Up to two $750 scholarships are awarded each year to qualified applicants chosen at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

1.  Must be a Spring or Fall graduating student at Exeter Job Corps Academy.

2.  Must be pursuing further studies,  employment or an internship position upon graduation.

3.  Must submit a completed application by May 1st for Spring 2020 graduation or Oct 1st 2020 for Fall.  

4.  Must be onsite at the Job Corps Center to receive the award in person, if not attending graduation ceremony.


2019… Gianna Pietro 

2018… Jacob Simmons & Kyle Valentine

2017… Zoe Noel Goodwin

2016… Timothy McPartlen

2015… Anthony Biagetti & Omer Al Azzawi

2014… Ashley Diaz

2013… Emily Rondeau & Alexandre Saylor

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