Rogers High School

The Newport Public Education Foundation is accepting nominations for the annual Noreen Stoner Drexel Friend of Education Awards. The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards are selected annually and recognize individuals and organizations that significantly contribute to the students of  Newport Public Schools. 

The awards are named in memory of Noreen Stonor Drexel, a 22 year Special Advisor to the NPEF Board of Trustees. Nominations can be submitted in three different categories: Friend of Education, Partner in Education, and Unsung Hero.

Awards will be presented at the annual Newport Public Education Foundation benefit event – “Evening for Education” which is scheduled for Friday, June 10.

Nomination Form can be completed at the following link –

Applications must be received no later than May 2, 2016.

Previous Winners

Friends in Education


2014  Nancy Folcarelli

2013  Donna Maytum

2012  Jane Regan

2011  William Vareika

2010  Bea Ross Schlessinger

2009  David Wixted

2008  Barbara Strasser

2007  Noreen Stonor Drexel



2004  Roberta Emerson

Partners in Education


2014  Bank Newport

2013  Newport Family & Child Opportunity Zone

2012  Grenon’s of Newport

2011  Salve Regina University

2010  Newport Fed


Unsung Heros


2014  Mary Sheehan

2013  Eddie Merritt

2012  Kelly Turner

2011  Mark McKenna

Scholarship Recipients


2014  Devin Johnson

2013  Dylan Burke

2012  Paris McGee

2011  Andrew Onifrio

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