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Supporting Young Women Pursuing An Education In The STEM Fields

The Nora Coffin Barnes Memorial Fund believes that women are grossly underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields . According to a 2016 National Science Foundation report, women comprise half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. We plan on closing that gap.


Nora Coffin Barnes was born on February 5, 2017. Sadly, she passed away 2 days later. During her brief time with us, it quickly became apparent that her favorite book was Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. With her love of science in mind, the Nora Coffin Barnes Memorial Fund is committed to helping young women obtain a college degree in the STEM fields.

The Nora Coffin Barnes Memorial Fund is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the State of Vermont. As such, your donations are tax deductible. Furthermore, we are proud to say that 100% of all online donations received will go directly to providing scholarships to young women.

Our Current Scholarships

Rutland High School

Nora's father, Glenn, attended Rutland High School, graduating in 2003. Each year we will provide a scholarship of at least $1500 to a female senior with a stated intent to pursue a degree in a STEM field.

Hartford High School 

Nora's parents, Julia and Glenn, started their lives together in Hartford, Vermont. Each year we will be providing a scholarship of at least $1500 to a female senior at Hartford who intends to pursue a college degree in a STEM field.


Our Recipients

Breanna Franzoni

Rutland High School 2018

Seen here holding her copy of Ada Twist


Breanna was a 4 year high honor student and graduated from Rutland with a concentration in STEM. She played on the Varsity Golf and Field Hockey teams and spent many hours volunteering at a local elementary school, helping students create science projects. After discovering her love for engineering during an internship at with a local firm, she committed to majoring in Environmental Engineering at Siena College this fall. We wish her the best of luck and can't wait to learn of her accomplishments as an engineer!

Michaela Ricker

Hartford High School 2018

Seen here holding her copy of Ada Twist.


Michaela is an honors graduate of Hartford High School where she played three sports (Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse), and was a member of the Math Team and Student Council. She also created the successful "Adopt-a-Grandparent" program at Hartford. Michaela will be attending the University of Rochester in the Fall, majoring in Brain and Cognitive Science. We cannot wait to see what this incredible young woman will do in the future 

Nicole Denno

Rutland High School 2017

Seen here being handed her scholarship and a copy of Ada Twist by Nora's Mother, Julia.


Nicole graduated summa cum laude from Rutland High School and was a two sport athlete. Active in her community, Nicole's passion for helping others has led her to pursue a career in medicine. Nicole has enrolled at the University of Vermont, where she will major in biology on a pre-med track. We wish Nicole the best of luck and know that she will make everyone proud. 

Kenna Hausler

Hartford High School 2017

Seen here holding her copy of Ada Twist and posing with Nora's father Glenn.

Kenna was the president of her graduating class at Hartford High School. An admired member of her school and community, Kenna hopes to continue a family tradition in the pharmaceutical field. Kenna will be attending the University of Rhode Island in a special 6 year Pharm.D program. We look forward to learning all about Kenna's future successes as she becomes a woman entering a STEM field. 

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