Derry man graduates with law degree

DERRY — William N. Ventura, Jr. of Derry graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Massachusetts School of Law at Andover in a commencement ceremony held on June 1.

While at Massachusetts School of Law, Ventura won Best Oral Advocate, MSL Oral Advocacy Competition (2017), as well as two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Writing and Legal Advocacy and Business Associations.

Ventura is married to wife Felicia, is stepfather of Anthony, Isabella, Nicholas and Vincent Ventura, and the son of William and the late Susan Ventura, all of Derry.

Scholarships available for orphans of vets

CONCORD — Officials at the New Hampshire Department of Education announce there are scholarships available for orphans of veterans. Children of veterans that lost their lives in wars and are also residents of the state can obtain free tuition to the university system of New Hampshire colleges and universities and the community college system of New Hampshire. There is also a stipend of up to $2,500 that can be contributed to the payment of room rent, board, books, and supplies.

The original law — RSA 193 — was approved in 1943 and allowed for children of soldiers who lost their lives in World War II, between the ages of 16 and 25, to apply for a $2,500 benefit each year for four years, to lower the cost of attending college. The program was expanded to include the children of Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War veterans who lost their lives as well as military actions in any period for which the armed forces expeditionary medal or theater of operations service medal was awarded. In 1981, RSA 187 was updated to allow orphaned children of veterans to enroll in a state school free of charge.

For more information about the application process and records needed to qualify, contact Patricia Edes at the Division of Higher Education, 101 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301 or email to  

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