For many years, Big I TriCounty has offered the following awards for furthering education. This year we received more than 250 applications from high school students in the TriCounty membership counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Kings and Richmond. The following 2 applicants were selected, and awards were presented at their high school awards ceremonies this spring. Checks for $1,000 will go to their colleges for educational expenses as they pursue their goals.
2018 STEPHEN T. DOOLEY COMMUITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
I was given the opportunity to attend “Awards Night” at Baldwin High School and present the Stephen T. Dooley Community Service scholarship award to a young man by the name of Colin Lamar Robinson. The scholarship is awarded to a student who displays exemplary efforts in community service. Colin devoted countless hours to various charities and was well deserved with this honor, edging out many impressive submissions. Colin plans on attending St John’s University this fall. Congratulations to Colin and all the other bright students who took home various awards and scholarships that evening.
– Adam Erickson
2018 JOEL S. POLLACK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
On Wednesday, May 30, I presented the Joel S Pollack Memorial Scholarship award to Vinny Pagano, of Long Beach High School. It was a really special night, especially for Vinny, as he received a number of awards and scholarships. I was really impressed with his essay on distracted driving, and it was an honor to present this award to him in recognition of his beautiful and insightful writing. This event was very nostalgic for me and brought me back to being in high school during these awards nights. I remember it as being exciting and my being proud to have my name called to accept the award in front of my peers and family. I am so happy to have been a part of this for Vinny. He definitely deserved it!
– Stephannie Ciantro