Cheshire’s Heather Peltier awarded $1,000 for her volunteer service at the State House
Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that Heather Peltier, a Cheshire resident, received one of seven Arthur R. Lambert Memorial Scholarships awarded to State House interns this summer. Heather is currently serving as a full-time legislative intern in Downing’s Boston office.
“Heather was a wonderful addition to my staff this summer,” said Downing. “She is cheerful and enthusiastic, a quick learner, and approaches every assignment with a positive attitude. She is our first intern to receive a Lambert Scholarship, and my entire office is proud of her accomplishment.”
Heather, 20, is a senior at Westfield State University, majoring in political science. As a legislative intern she assists the Senator’s policy staff on various projects, and is tasked with reception, data entry, and correspondence duties. After graduation she hopes to continue her studies - she is interested in pursuing certification as a paralegal as well as an advanced degree in International Relations.
The Arthur R. Lambert Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of a longtime legislative aide who worked for former Senate President Thomas Birmingham. Administered by his family and the Senate Legislative Education Office, this is the tenth year $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to State House student interns. The 2011 scholarships were distributed during a ceremony in the Senate Reading Room on Friday by Lambert’s family and House and Senate leaders.
Heather’s family traveled to the State House to attend the award ceremony. “I am so proud of Heather for adding this to her long list of accomplishments,” said her mother, Gretchen Wells. “Spending this summer in Senator Downing’s office has been a wonderful opportunity for her.”
All State House summer interns are eligible to apply for a Lambert Scholarship. The 2011 application process was extremely competitive: 46 applications were submitted; 11 students were invited to interview with the Lambert Family; and seven $1,000 scholarships were awarded. This summer there are approximately 372 student interns serving in House of Representatives and Senate offices.
“Heather is an engaging student and has been thoroughly involved with all aspects of the Intern Program this summer,” said Anne Ziaja, Director, Senate Legislative Education Office. “She is a credit to Westfield State University and it has been a pleasure working with her this summer.”