Risha Surana Receives the Christine K. Grobert Chatham Emergency Squad Scholarship Award

(above, l-r) Steve Davenport, President; Risha Surana, Scholarship winner; and Christine Grobert.

Risha Surana Receives CES Scholarship Award

Submitted by Evan Skinner

The Chatham Emergency Squad is pleased to announce that it has selected recent Chatham High School graduate and Chatham Emergency Squad member Risha Surana as its 2022 recipient of the Squad’s annual scholarship award.  

Established in 2014 by Christine Grobert, a teacher at the Lafayette School, while serving as President of the Chatham Emergency Squad (2014, 2015), this annual award is presented to a Chatham High School student who has been committed to volunteerism and/or has displayed an interest in the field of medicine or science. In 2020, the name of this scholarship was officially renamed in honor of Christine Grobert’s 21 years of dedicated service to the Chatham Emergency Squad, where she held numerous positions.  

Surana will continue her education at the University of Southern California where she will join 2021 CHS graduate and fellow CES Scholarship award winner, Claire Silverstein. Surana plans to study Computer Science and Linguistics. As a member of the Class of 2020 Cadet class at the Chatham Emergency Squad, Surana not only navigated successfully through the challenges of being a cadet during COVID, she was also a regular contributor to The Dispatch, the Squad’s monthly newsletter, writing the “Cadet Corner” for each issue. In addition, she spent several weeks sorting through thousands of Squad photos which she will scan into a digital archive this summer. This project dovetailed with Surana’s “secret” wish to work at a library and organize to her heart’s content. 

Commenting on Surana’s selection, Grobert said “Chatham has no shortage of exceptional youth. Every year our scholarship committee is in awe of the drive, character, and commitment of our applicants. This year was no exception. We are so proud to award Risha with our scholarship. She epitomizes a selfless commitment to her friends, family, and community, tackling challenges head on with compassion and determination. We’re honored to be able to award this scholarship to such an amazing young lady.”

“Our cadets never cease to amaze us with their skills, interests, contributions and capabilities and Risha is the perfect example of that,” said Steve Davenport, President of the Chatham Emergency Squad. “As a member of the Monday day crew for two years and a valuable contributor to the Squad’s history archive and newsletter, Risha has brought together her various interests in ways that have truly benefited the Squad. This award isn’t automatically given to an eligible Squad member, so we are thrilled with her selection as the 2022 recipient of the Christine K. Grobert Chatham Emergency Squad Scholarship Award.”

About The Chatham Emergency Squad

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer organization funded nearly exclusively by donations and never charges for its services. The Squad provides stand-by support for community events, such as the Chatham Turkey Trot, Fishawack, and school athletic events. The Squad also provides free CPR training to residents, teachers, coaches, school crossing guards and emergency personnel, including fire and police. New members are welcome. To learn more, to donate or to volunteer, please visit chathamemergencysquad.org.

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