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Scholarships

Scholarships offer alumni, family members, faculty and other friends of Union Catholic an opportunity to ensure that present and future students reap the lifetime rewards of the Union Catholic Experience. By establishing a scholarship or contributing to an existing scholarship fund, you can help make the dream of a quality, faith-based education at UC a reality for qualified students.

There is a unique story behind every Union Catholic scholarship. UC's Principal and Director of Development work closely with scholarship founders to share that story with the UC Community. Together, we craft specific criteria that must be met for students to be eligible for a scholarship award. In this way, scholarship founders can be confident that their investment has the desired impact.

Endowed Scholarships

Through the establishment of and contributions to endowed scholarships, founders lay the groundwork upon which students stand and succeed. An endowed scholarship is a powerful way to memorialize a deceased loved one or to honor a person or family with a lasting tribute.

A gift of $25,000 endows a scholarship, which will provide financial support for qualified students. The corpus of the gift remains intact while a portion of the interest earned each year provides tuition support for academically-eligible students. Endowed scholarship commitments can be fulfilled over a three to five-year period. Donors are encouraged to continue to grow the corpus so that larger or additional scholarships may be awarded. Smaller gifts may be directed to existing scholarship funds to strengthen their giving power.

The Elizabeth Ann Carolan Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2013 by the D'Antico and Carolan families, this scholarship honors the memory of Elizabeth Carolan, grandmother of Michael D'Antico '13. A woman of faith who made a lasting difference in the lives of her family and patients, this scholarship is awarded to two graduating seniors who demonstrate UC's core values and plan to attend a four-year nursing program or pursue a career in the medical field.

2016 Recipients  Omotola Emmanuel ’16, Karan Patel ‘16

2015 Recipients - Tonna Obaze '15, Ellie Cheung '15
2014 Recipients - Andrea Mojica '14, Daniel Sheldon '14

The Mary J. Cullinane Endowed Scholarship

In loving memory of her mom, Margaret O’Donnell Cullinane, Ms. Cullinane ‘85 (Faculty 1991-1999) endowed a scholarship to provide a financial award to a hard-working freshman whose grandparents provide tuition assistance so their grandchild can reap the rewards of the Union Catholic Experience. Mrs. Cullinane modeled compassion and empathy for others for her daughter and for all who were blessed to know her. She practiced rather than preached what it means to live a life of faith and service, acting quietly without seeking recognition or reward. Mrs. Cullinane was ever mindful of how great an impact the “little things” could have on someone’s day and never missed an opportunity to make a day better with a kind word, thoughtful gesture or comforting presence. 

 

2016 Recipient – David Saggio ‘19

 

The Dorothy Grzankowski Endowed Scholarship
Founded by Susan Bischoff, parent of James Bischoff '01, in memory of her mother, who was very proud of being a teacher, having worked part-time all through high school, and nights and weekends through college, to pay for her tuition and train fare to and from Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University). The Dorothy Grzankowski scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who intends to pursue a degree in education, preferably elementary education.

2016 Recipient Kristen O’Connor ‘16
2015 Recipient - Grace Gelcius '15
2014 Recipient - William Marsh '14
2013 Recipient - Kelly Springer '13
2012 Recipient - Molly Luppino '12

 

The Joseph Grzankowski Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was founded in Joseph's memory by his daughter, Susan Bischoff, mother of James Bischoff '01. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who intends to study at Rutgers University, where Joseph received his undergraduate and post graduate degrees,  thanks to the GI Bill, after his valiant service in Europe during World War II.

2016 Recipient  Cassandra Gonzalez ‘16
2015 Recipient - Ellie Cheung '15
2014 Recipient - Brandon Stephen '14
2013 Recipient - Natasha Andre '13
2012 Recipient - Christian Fernandez '12

 

The Hall of Fame Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Hall of Fame Endowed Scholarship Fund was launched in 2015 to give Hall of Fame inductees a meaningful way to give back to Union Catholic. In recognition of the strong foundation that UC gave each inductee, all inductees are encouraged to make a donation to the newly-founded scholarship fund as a part of their annual giving to UC. In the future, this fund will help make the Union Catholic Experience a reality for deserving students with financial need.

The Sister Percylee Hart, RSM Endowed Scholarship Fund
On the anniversary of her 35 years of service as Principal of Union Catholic, Sister Percylee founded an endowed scholarship to fulfill a personal dream. As an eighth grade student, she longed to attend Catholic high school even though the public high school was just two blocks from her home and the Catholic school tuition was beyond her family’s means. Sister felt blessed to receive a scholarship that allowed her to go to Camden Catholic High School and be part of the faith-filled environment for which she longed. This scholarship fulfills Sister’s dream of supporting that same opportunity for an industrious freshman at UC who is determined to attend a Catholic school and is thriving in UC’s faith-filled environment.

2016 Recipient  Audrey Davis ‘19

 

The Sister M. Eloise Claire Kays, RSM Endowed Scholarship
This fund was established in 2010 in memory of Sister Eloise, who passed away in 2009. Sister served the UC community as a freshman guidance counselor from 2000-2009. Through this scholarship, Sister's legacy lives on by providing a scholarship to a rising sophomore who exhibits compassion in interactions with schoolmates, family and community.

2016 Recipient  Melissa Lettieri ‘19
2015 Recipient - Gabrielle Welle '18
2014 Recipient - Kimmy Paltz '17

 

The Rocco Lettieri Endowed Scholarship
From Union Catholic's founding to its crossover into the third millennium, Mr. Lettieri, guided by his faith, enabled UC and its community to develop, change and grow into the strong Catholic high school it is today. Following his passing in 2013, this scholarship fund was established by Mr. Lettieri's family - wife Caroline and sons Michael '83 and Joseph '84 - to help make possible the unique Union Catholic high school experience for a deserving young person.

2016 Recipient  Victoria Isidron ‘16
2015 Recipient - Caitlin Glynn '15
2014 Recipient - Anthony Colletti '14

 

The Nancy L. Occhipinti Endowed Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was founded in 2013 by Karen Occhipinti O'Keefe '80 and her sisters, Nancy Occhipinti Noe '81 and Lauren Occhipinti Koppel '84, in loving memory of their mother, Nancy, who exemplified UC's core values of community, compassion, honesty, respect and responsibility. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate of St. John the Apostle School, Clark, NJ who attends Union Catholic.

2016 Recipient  Olivia Szyszkiewicz ‘20
2015 Recipient - Patrick Hartnett '19
2014 Recipient - Lucas Cloppse '18
2013 Recipient - Stephanie Eastman '17

 

The Sister Regina Smith, RSM Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2010 in memory of Sister Regina, who passed away in 2009. At Union Catholic from 1981 to 1994, Sister Regina served as Director of the Office of Institutional Development, responsible for recruitment, admissions and alumni relations. The scholarship is awarded to a rising senior who loves reading, writing and language and answers the call to service at UC, home or in the community.

2016 Recipient  Hannah Toner ‘17
2015 Recipient - Alice Polini '16
2014 Recipient - Elise Morano '15

 

The Sara J. Will Endowed Scholarship
Founded by Mary Beth and Jake Cregg, this scholarship is in honor of Sara J. Will, Mary Beth's mother. Mrs. Will was the mother of five, a Catholic, a hard worker and very kind. Mrs. Will had a great respect for education. She considered it as the key to unlock all doors, the key which, regardless of circumstances, would enable her children to be a positive influence in their corner of the world. It is in this spirit that the Sara J. Will Endowed Scholarship is offered.

2016 Recipient -  PrimaDoris Ngumah ‘19

Other Scholarships & Funds

Other scholarships are funded annually by donors and distributed in accordance with established criteria.

The Eldon Hammeke Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Hammeke by his wife, Grace, and is supported by the Knights of Columbus Summit Council #783, of which Mr. Hammeke was an active member. The award is presented every year to one current freshman student and is renewable for the recipient's remaining years at Union Catholic.

2015 Recipient - Charlize Colon '19
2014 Recipient - Kevin Degnan '18
2013 Recipient - Katrina Springer '17
2012 Recipient - Nicholas Birritteri '16
2011 Recipient - Danielle Cusick '15
2010 Recipient - Arthur Wright IV '14
2009 Recipient - Brian Cautillo '13
2008 Recipient - David Schanz '12
2007 Recipient - Sarah Cunha '11
2006 Recipient - Robert Magella '10
2005 Recipient - Magan Mauro '09
2004 Recipient - Marissa Rondinone '08
2003 Recipient - Edward Sagendorf '07
2002 Recipient - Carlos da Costa '06
2001 Recipient - Dana Kinney '05
2000 Recipient - Justina Marcussen '04
1999 Recipient - Angela Guilliano '03

Joanne Federico Malloy '74 Memorial Scholarship
Joanne Federico Malloy, a member of the Union Catholic Class of 1974, was a dedicated nurse for 30 years. This scholarship was founded in 2011 by her fellow classmates to honor Joanne's commitment to the profession. The award is presented to one graduating senior who intends to study nursing and/or in the healthcare field.

2016 Recipient  Amando Grieco ‘16
2015 Recipient - Tonna Obaze '15
2014 Recipient - Jess Herren '14
2013 Recipient - Natasha Andre '13
2012 Recipient - Anna-Teresa Mutuc '12

 

The Michael Marotti Elevator Fund
This fund was established in 2004 to honor former teacher and Assistant Principal Michael Marotti, who served the students and community of UC from 1970 to 2003. Donations supported the construction of an elevator to complete one of Mr. Marotti's hopes for the school - full access for any student who wishes to attend Union Catholic. The Michael Marotti elevator will be dedicated in October 2016.

Navin Brothers Food Service Scholarship
Established in memory of Mary Ellen Swinden, a Navin Bros. employee who worked at Union Catholic and passed away in the fall of 2008, this scholarship is awarded to UC students based on academic standing and extra-curricular involvement at UC.

2015 Recipients - Alexander Garcia '19, Melissa Lettieri '19, Corey Makowski '19, Mia Oliveri '19
2014 Recipients - Bryant Flores '15, Julia Bonavitacola '17, Magdalena Lyszczak '17, Moises Oliveri '17
2013 Recipients - Magdalena Lyszczak '17, Ryan Zych '17, Bryant Flores '15, Kristen O'Connor '16
2012 Recipients - Bailey Ramirez '16, Raymond Berry '16, Kristen Nugent '16, Nicolle Kott '16
2011 Recipients - Brittany Pelletieri '13, Nicolina Davidson '14, Shannon Streisel '12, Matthew Isidron '14
2009 Recipients - Thomas Kaluzny '10, Thomas Sagendorf '13
2008 Recipients - Caitlin Scherer '09, Jonathan Sagendorf '11, Douglas Courtot '11, Gabrielle Aquino '12

One-Room Schoolhouse Grant
This grant was given in 2014 by former faculty member Mr. Bruce Zehnle, who served Union Catholic from 1969 to 2003. This grant provides a scholarship to a UC student who travels to Spain, or to a UC graduate, who pursues a college degree in Spanish or Spanish Education.

2015 Recipient - Elise Morano '15

Joseph A. Placco Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Placco was the husband of Mrs. Marie Placco, who serves the UC Community as the Case Manager and School Psychologist on the Child Study Team. He was tremendously supportive of his wife’s work to help children succeed. In his retirement, Mr. Placco’s own caring and generous spirit led him to many years of dedicated volunteer service for the American Red Cross and Veterans Hospital in Lyons. This scholarship is awarded to a hard-working student in the Freshman Foundations program.

2016 Recipient – Elijah Abraham ‘19

 

The Sandra Stagg Scholarship
This scholarship was founded in 2009 by the Stagg and Cocoziello families in memory of Sandra Stagg '83, who passed away in 1982. The student selected to receive the award demonstrates a commitment to academic achievement; his/her good citizenship and responsible behavior contribute to the UC Community in a positive manner. The scholarship is presented to one freshman each year and is renewable for the recipient's remaining three years at UC.

2015 Recipient - Susan Wojcik '18
2014 Recipient - Nicholas Tripodi '17
2013 Recipient - Allison McGee '16
2012 Recipient - Eryk Luczynski '15
2011 Recipient - Lila Majano '14
2010 Recipient - Arnold Majano '13
2009 Recipient - Juliette Monroy '12

Giulana Velona Memorial Scholarship
Giuliana Velona was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Velona and sister to Nicole ’14, Robert ’17 and Gabriella ’20. Always smiling, Giuliana had a sassy and determined spirit that would not allow cancer to hold her back. She focused on taking care of people and putting others’ needs ahead of her own. A girl of action, Giuliana championed her family’s support for the Toys for Tots program, understanding the happiness that a toy at Christmas will bring to children in need. Giuliana passed away in November 2014 at the age of eight. Mr. and Mrs. Velona created the Giuliana Velona Memorial Scholarship in memory of their daughter to honor her commitment to taking care of other people. The scholarship is awarded to a UC sophomore.

2016 Recipient – Mia Bennett-Jones ‘18

The Johanna Wilk Memorial Scholarship
Johanna Wilk was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and loved children of all ages. She was a UC mom (her three children are UC alumni). In her time on earth, she loved those who crossed her path and was always there to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, or a listening ear. She had a deep and abiding faith and respected people of all religions. She taught by her example more than her words and strove to bring out the best in others. The goal of the Johanna Wilk Foundation is to keep her spirit alive and to recognize, honor, and foster a spirit similar to hers in its recipientsTwo awards are given to Union Catholic graduating seniors, exhibiting academic excellence and achievement, community service and financial need, whoplan to dedicate their lives to improve the lives of others.

2016 Recipients  Bailey Ramirez ’16, Cassandra Gonzalez ‘16
2015 Recipients - Eryk Luczynski '15, Katherine Sheldon '15

 

For information about you can support Union Catholic's scholarship program, please contact Susan Dyckman, Director of Development & donor relations, at 908-889-1600, ext. 309 or development@unioncatholic.org.