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Last year alumni of Middlebury’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams chipped in to create the very first scholarship to be funded through MiddSTART. The original goal was to raise $10,000 through small gifts for a scholarship honoring our friend, the late Peter Kohn. But in just a short time, 123 members of the lacrosse community contributed enough to fund not one but two scholarships. We hope to build on that success and make these scholarships a continuing memorial to Pete. Please help us to carry on Pete’s legacy of generosity and concern for students.

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Dollars Raised: 124%

Funding Details

Deadline: Jun 30, 2012
Total needed: $10,000


Current MiddSTART Team Kohn Scholarship Recipients

Lily Nguyen ’12
Home: Oakland, California
Major: Sociology
Career Goal: To start her own restaurant
Favorite place on campus: The Axinn Center
Lacrosse Position: Goalie
Athletic Honors: First-team All American last year

Alyssa Palomba ’14
Home: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Major: Physics
Career Goal: Considering engineering or medicine
Loves to Play: Lacrosse, volleyball, squash, basketball, golf
Lacrosse Position: Goalie
Favorite Pastime: Playing golf with her dad

Project Sponsors

Middlebury Alumni Lacrosse Club


Middlebury student athletes demonstrate that the pursuit of excellence on the playing field is fully compatible with the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, and a combination of the two endeavors provides a more complete educational experience. By giving to the Team Kohn Scholarship fund, members of the lacrosse community assist outstanding students to enjoy the benefits of Middlebury’s balanced approach to a liberal arts education.

2011 Team Kohn Scholars

Lily Nguyen ’12

Senior Lily Nguyen has collected an impressive array of honors during her career as goalkeeper for the women’s lacrosse team. Last year, she was Division III goalkeeper of the year and made first-team all-NESCAC and first-team All-American. She was also named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s academic honor roll.

A sociology major with a minor in economics, Lily already knows what she’ll be doing after graduation. “I’ll be working as an analyst at the private-equity firm I interned with this past summer,” she says. But her long-term career goal is in a different field altogether. “I really, really would like to open up a restaurant when I’m a bit older. I’ve always loved the combination of delicious food and beautiful spaces.”

Alyssa Palomba ’14

Alyssa is a second-year student who has been playing lacrosse since she was in fifth grade. She started tending goal only because no one else wanted to do it, she says. Her coach asked for volunteers, saying that anyone who played goalie for half of a game could choose whatever position they wanted for the other half, so she got to play a lot of offense, too.

A physics major, Alyssa hasn’t decided whether she wants to focus on mechanical engineering or medicine after graduation. She has always been fascinated by mechanical things, but at Middlebury she became involved with GlobeMed, a student organization working to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world, and that sparked a deep interest in global health issues.

2 Responses to “Team Kohn Scholarship 2011-2012”

  1. Molly Sullivan says:

    Great photo, Bobo!

  2. Bobo Sideli '77 says:

    Lily got to meet Peter during the 2011 Homecoming Weekend!

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