Nessa lives on through scholarship, tournament

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Nessa lives on through scholarship, tournament

Sterling — Fanessa Fisher’s family continues her legacy 20 years after her death with an annual scholarship and the 21st Funny Open in August.

Fisher, who knew her and was affectionately called “Nessa” and “Fanni Mei” by her loved ones, died on March 19, 2002 after fighting cancer. At just 22 years old, she was a talented artist, a talented student athlete at Westfield State University, and a lifelong inhabitant of the town.

“We miss Nessa in many ways every day,” her mother, Mary Fisher, recently said. “She had a big personality.”

In August, after her death, her father’s state police colleague held the first golf tournament in her name at the Charlton Barracks and raised funds to launch the Fanessa Fisher Memorial Scholarship Fund. They called it Funny Open.

“Most soldiers knew with our family what we experienced two years ago,” Mary said. “They didn’t want her memory to die with her. I can’t remember how much money she made, but the next year to fund another (scholarship). It was enough. “

Sterling-Fanessa Fisher's photographs, sports memorabilia, and artwork can be found throughout her parents' home.

She said they usually offer two $ 2,000 scholarships a year, but haven’t received an application for years. “So we gave money to the different needs of the town. We gave money to the roof of St. Richard, the family who lost everything in the fire, the spire of the first church, the fund from neighbor to neighbor, etc. . “

The scholarship qualification must be a resident of a female town where the applicant attends Watchuset Regional High School or Montachuset Vocational Regional Technical School and plans to attend higher education school in the fall after graduation. Must be one of a girl scout, an art student, or a current member of their church who is planning to major in art at college, has a job, or is involved in a youth program To become a.

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