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Scholarships

Scholarships offer you a meaningful 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, 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 $30,000 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. 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 to pursue a career in the medical field.

2018 Recipients - Lucas Cloppse ’18, Jillian Hamilton ’18

2017 Recipients - Chloe Ramirez ’17, Thomas Nucatola ‘17

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 in 2016 for 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. 

 

2017 Recipient - Caroline Bart ‘19

2016 Recipient - David Saggio ‘19

 

The Dorothy Grzankowski Endowed Scholarship
Founded by Susan Bischoff in 2012, 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.

2018 Recipient - Olivia Yarem ‘18

2017 Recipient - Daniela Guardascione ‘17

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 2012 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.

2018 Recipient - Katie Pinckney ‘18

2017 Recipient - Emma Palacio ‘17

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.

2018 Recipient - Caroline Morgan ‘21

2017 Recipient - Gia Collucci ‘20

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.

2018 Recipient - Catherine McGovern ‘21

2017 Recipient - Caitlin Roder ‘20

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.

2018 Recipient - Isabella DiDario ‘18

2017 Recipient - Matthew Lettieri ‘17

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

 

The Coach Kathy Matthews Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2017 by former players and supporters of the Union Catholic Girls Basketball program, The Coach Kathy Matthews Endowed Scholarship recognizes Coach Matthews’ historic 700th career victory. The scholarship is intended to highlight the values of discipline and work-ethic that are hallmarks of her teaching and coaching style. This scholarship salutes the legacy that Coach Matthews has created in her illustrious career at UC, while providing support to a current UC student, and helping to ensure the financial future for Union Catholic.

 

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.

2018 Recipient - Annie Hartnett ‘22

2017 Recipient - Kaitlyn Dohn ‘21

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

 

The Dr. Karen S. Piasecki Endowed Scholarship
The Dr. Karen S. Piasecki Endowed Scholarship was established in 2017 by Nancy E. Foulks (UC ’76) in recognition of Dr. Piasecki’s (UC ’88) 25 years of service to Union Catholic High School and her commitment to educational opportunities for students at all learning levels. This scholarship will be awarded to an enrolled UC student in the Foundations program who is working to maximum potential and is actively involved in all aspects of the UC Community.

 

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.

2018 Recipient - Shaun Keating ‘19

2017 Recipient - Mia Bennett-Jones ‘18

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.

2018 Recipient - Elisabeth Pickel ‘21
2017 Recipient - Quadry Adams ‘20
2016 Recipient - PrimaDoris Ngumah ‘19

 

Other Scholarships & Funds

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

Stephen A. Galdon Memorial Scholarship
Stephen A. Galdon was the brother of Mrs. Diane Galdon-Rama, mother of Sofia ’18. Stephen was a kind, good-hearted person, a truly selfless soul. He was always ready to lend a helping hand without looking for anything in return. A quiet young man of exceptional character, Stephen was a proud member of the United States Air Force Reserve and dreamed of being a Blue Angel pilot. He passed away at the age of 20. Mr. and Mrs. Paulino Rama and Mrs. Geraldine Galdon created the Stephen A. Galdon Memorial Scholarship in 2017 to honor Stephen’s kind-heartedness to everyone who was fortunate to know him. The recipient is a rising junior or senior at UC, a hard-working student that demonstrates kindness and is a helpful member of the UC Community.

2018 Recipient - Audrey Davis ‘19
2017 Recipient - Jacob Jusma ‘19

The Eldon Hammeke Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1999 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.

2017 Recipient - Catherine McGovern ‘21
2016 Recipient - Andrew Palacio ‘20
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

Join Me at UC Scholarship
When Janessa Mendoza, UC Class of 2018 and Saint Matthew School Class of 2014, came to Union Catholic as a freshman, she was so happy with her decision that she wanted other Saint Matthew School students to join her for the same, great UC experience. Janessa established the Join Me at UC Scholarship in 2016. She and her parents organized fundraisers to raise money for the scholarship. This year, Janessa was joined by Jillian Jacinto, Saint Matthew School Class of 2016 & UC Class of 2020, who helped Janessa fundraise and who will continue to lead Join Me at UC. The recipient exemplifies a very positive attitude, the determination to succeed, and the willingness to promote the scholarship.

2018 Recipient - Gregory Katchko ‘21
2017 Recipient - Jillian Jacinto ‘20

The Kelemen Scholarship
Livia Kelemen was responsible for the Our Lady of Grace statue in the Memorial Walkway on the front lawn of Union Catholic. The Kelemen Scholarship is awarded to two seniors, who will attend a four-year Catholic college or university.

2018 Recipients - Kevin Degnan ’18, Mackenzie Fuhrmann ‘18
2017 Recipients - Paul Armento ’17, Alyssa Chin ‘17

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.

2018 Recipient - Megan Rodriguez ‘18

2017 Recipient - Rose Petrick ‘17

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 was dedicated in October 2016.

Mendoza Scholarship (formerly Whitehouse Laboratories Scholarship)Navin Brothers Food Service Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Angelito Mendoza, parents of Janessa ’18, created the Mendoza Scholarship in 2016 to encourage Union Catholic seniors to pursue college degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Pharmacology.

2018 Recipient - Emily Farrell ‘18
2017 Recipient - Andrew Smith ‘17
2016 Recipient - James Perona ‘16

One-Room Schoolhouse Grant
This grant was given in 2014 by former faculty member Mr. Bruce Zehnle, who served Union Catholic from 1968 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.

2017 Recipient - Michelle Hunter ‘17
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, founded in 2016 by Mrs. Placco, is awarded to a hard-working student in the Freshman Foundations program.

2018 Recipient - Duane Cooper ‘21
2017 Recipient - Zoie Kelly ‘20
2016 Recipient - Elijah Abraham ‘19

 

Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship
The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will attend college and have a parent who has passed away of cancer or have a parents presently battling cancer.

 

2018 Recipients - Anonymous, Joseph Stulec, Colleen Falconer, Destinee Monasterio, Andrew LaManna, Samara Prez, Brian Malar, Lucas Danchisko, Phillip Derisse


2017 Recipients - Vicki Pepper, Alexa Doria, Deanna Vagueiro, Nick Sepe, Sophia Tangreti, Anna Strappe, Kelsie Douglas, Johnnie Antonucci, Madeline Buerle, Ben Weaver and Thomas Greey, all Class of ‘17


2016 Recipients - Christina Rohal, Patrick Sesta, Ashley Knudsen, Robert Sloane, Devon Mahoney, Julia Nowicki, Haleigh Rojek, Sienna Vacca

 

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.

2018 Recipient - Michael Robateau ‘21
2017 Recipient - Christopher Robateau ‘20
2016 Recipient - Patrick McGee ‘19
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

Student-to-Student Scholarship
The Union Catholic annual Student Giving Challenge raises funds for the Student-to-Student Scholarship, which is awarded to an incoming freshman, who plans to make a positive difference as a member of the UC Community. The scholarship was first awarded in 2017.

2017 Recipient - Lilyana Roque ‘21

Success My Way Scholarship
It did not take long for Dan and Cindy Ritchey to see that Union Catholic High School was the best possible choice for their daughter, Alex ’17. Between her own hard work, and the support provided by UC’s Foundations Program, Alex navigated a successful personal and academic journey that included earning honor roll status all four years and positioned her to go on to the college of her choice. To recognize other students who take advantage of the opportunity UC offers through the Foundations Program, those students who have been able to spread their wings in the process, and who use the opportunity to get themselves where they want to go, Mr. and Mrs. Ritchey founded the Success My Way Scholarship in January 2018. The recipient is a graduating senior who came through the Foundations Program.

2018 Recipient - Daniel Shapiro ‘18

Union Catholic Performing Arts Scholarship in Memory of Robbie Krienke ‘10
Robbie Krienke ’10 was an enthusiastic member of the Union Catholic Performing Arts Company (UCPAC). He loved being a member of UCPAC and enjoyed the opportunity to use his gifts and talents onstage in UC’s fall plays and spring musicals. In addition to roles in Noises Off and Something About Friendship, Robbie’s talent earned him the lead role of Marius in the 2010 musical production of Les Misérables. Founded in Robbie’s memory in 2017, this scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior that is a performing member of UCPAC; enjoys the opportunity to use their gifts and talents on stage; and is a hard-working student who earns good grades.

2018 Recipient - Duane Banks ‘20

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.

2018 Recipient - CaMai Jones ‘20
2017 Recipients - Carl-Isaac Opont ‘17, Jared Ware ‘19
2016 Recipient - Mia Bennett-Jones ‘18

Wijedasa Scholarship
In 2018, the Wijedasa Scholarship was established by Mr. Prashanth Wijedasa, father of Imashi Dihana ‘13, Niyasha ‘16 and Ivana ’18, in recognition of the outstanding educational experience that his daughters have enjoyed at UC. The recipient is a sophomore or junior that is a hard-working, high-achieving (honors, accelerated, AP level) student, who strikes a successful balance between academics and extra-curricular activities.

2018 Recipient - Andrew Palacio ‘20

The Johanna Wilk Memorial Scholarship
It’s been said that some people live their lives with a light so bright that their light remains with us after they are gone from this earth. Johanna Wilk was one of those people. She lived her life by sharing love each and every day. Whether as a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, teacher’s aide, or total stranger, she noticed people and made them feel important. She listened to them with her heart more than with her ears, and she spoke from her heart with compassion – and humor. She knew what a profound difference kindness can make to all of us, and especially to those in times of need. She taught that by example. The scholarships are awarded to two graduating seniors who have demonstrated, not only academic excellence, but also the same embodiment of kindness and compassion.

2018 Recipients - Kevin Degnan ‘18, Emily Farrell ‘18

2017 Recipients - Ignatius Hazelwood ‘17, Alexis Marta ‘17

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

 

For information about you can establish a scholarship or give to an existing scholarship, Union Catholic's scholarship program, please contact Susan Dyckman, Director of Development & donor relations, at 908.889.1600, ext. 309 or development@unioncatholic.org.