Community Foundation Announces Scholarship Award Recipients

June 30, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to five graduating seniors in Central New York.

The Dr. Robert E. DiFlorio Scholarship Fund awarded $600 to Dung Dang, a graduate of G.W. Fowler High School. With a GPA of 98, Dang ranked first in his class of 223. The DiFlorio Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 to honor Dr. DiFlorio, a retired superintendent of the Syracuse City School District, who was renowned for his contributions to local academic excellence.

The Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship awarded $2,400 each to two students: Daniel Kearney, a graduate of CW Baker High School that ranked first in his class of 454 with a GPA of 96, and Ellen Meyer, a graduate of Skaneateles High School who ranked second in her class with a GPA of 96.5. Kearney will attend RIT and Meyer will attend Cornell University in the fall. This scholarship was established in 2003 in honor of the late Frederick Kilian, a founder of Kilian Manufacturing Corporation. Two renewable scholarships are awarded each year from this fund to Onondaga County graduating seniors who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, manufacturing, science or education.

Jameeka Holland, a graduate of G.W. Fowler High School, was awarded $475 from the CURN Scholarship Fund. The CURN Scholarship Fund, named after Communities United to Rebuild Neighborhoods, distributes an annual award to a graduating African American student from Syracuse’s South Side that plans to further his or her education.

The 2008 Aurelia Crespo & Carlos Lavezzari Latino Americano Scholarship awarded $1,100 to Jose Manuel Santiago. Santiago, a graduating student of G.W. Fowler High School, ranked 3rd in his class of 223 with a GPA of 94.5. He will be attending Le Moyne College in the fall. The fund was established in 1996 to honor two leaders from the local Latino community. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an ongoing source of education dollars to young Latinos who have the best potential to become future leaders.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Onondaga and Madison Counties for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The Community Foundation has $110 million in assets and awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually.

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