$25,000 in Scholarships Being Awarded to Archdiocese of Newark Students

As a lead-off event to this year’s national celebration of Catholic Schools Week, representatives of the Tri-State Italian-American Congress will present $25,000 in scholarships to 25 students of Italian heritage from 18 Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Newark. 

The awards will be presented in the Auditorium of the Archdiocesan Center of the Archdiocese, 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, on Thursday, January 21 beginning at 4 p.m.

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, and The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop, will join Louis Vele, President of Tri-State, and Ralph A. Contini, Tri-State Treasurer and Executive Director, in making the presentations. Also on hand at this ceremony will be parents and friends of the scholarship winners, and representatives of the clergy, faculty and staff of the schools each of the award winners attends.

Eligibility for scholarship awards was based on a combination of a family’s financial need and Italian heritage. Award winners were nominated by individual schools.

“We’re truly grateful for the support that Tri-State is giving to needy families here in the Archdiocese who want their children to receive the excellent faith-filled education that our schools offer,” said Archbishop Myers of the partnership between the Archdiocese and the Congress. He added: “In the coming years, as our partnership continues and grows, we hope to be able to assist more students and families, a goal we both share.”

Congress President Louis Vele stated: “Tri-State has a long history of supporting education and rewarding scholarships. Our first awards within the Archdiocese of Newark were made in 2003, and we are very pleased to again be able to help children and their families realize their dream of receiving an excellent education in a faith-filled environment. In the 13 years of our scholarship program, Tri-State has helped more than 3,000 students attend and succeed at Catholic schools.”

About the Tri-State Italian-American Congress
Formed in 1988, The Tri-State Italian-American Congress is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for Italian-American children and supports organizations and charities benefiting Italian-Americans and other programs and individuals with similar goals.

Tri-State Italian-American Congress Scholarship Winners 2016

Nicholas Battista St. James, Springfield6
Matthew LeuzziAcademy of Our Lady of Grace, Fairview6
Stephanie SianoAcademy of Our Lady of Grace, Fairview7
Sofia PetrielloNotre Dame Academy, Palisades Park3
Gianna GuidoNotre Dame Academy, Palisades Park8
Christian CampanellaSt. Genevieve, Elizabeth5
Cheyenne Cintron St. Aloysius, Jersey City6
Gianna Vella St. Michael, Cranford6
Annelyse Zaccaria St. Michael, Cranford 3
Alyssa MilanoOur Lady of Sorrows, South Orange2
Giulia Gallo Good Shepherd, Nutley6
Madison Colarte  Good Shepherd, Nutley 3
Gabriel Doria Academy of Our Lady of Peace, New Providence 7
Stefania LaBruna St. Nicholas, Jersey City3
Josephine Casanova St. Joseph, Jersey City 7
Isabella PandolfoSt. Joseph, Jersey City6
Dana RuggieroSt. Therese of Lisieux, Cresskill 4
Jacqueline LaMastra St. Therese of Lisieux, Cresskill  5
Isabella Gallo Academy of Our Lady, Glen Rock3
Francesco Agnello Our Lady of Mercy, Park Ridge4
Guiliano LicciardelloSt. Thomas the Apostle, Bloomfield 5
Gabriela Carrozini St. Augustine, Union City4
Victoria Lazzara Queen of Peace, North Arlington7
Emily TarantinoQueen of Peace, North Arlington 7
Matthew Digirolamo Corpus Christi, Hasbrouck Heights7