By Summer Brennan
A record 19 MEA scholarships were awarded to members and their dependents for the Fall 2009 semester. The scholarship program, now in its fifth year, demonstrates MEA’s pride in encouraging excellent educational performance for members and their children.
Pictured: Kayvaan H. Saghati of SUNY Stony Brook
“These 13 dependents and six members all earned their scholarships based on their outstanding academic performances and their articulate essays,” MEA President Stuart D. Eber said.
When Frederic Sachs of the Department of Environmental Protection in Maryland heard that his daughter Julia L. Elmaleh-Sachs had received a $1000 scholarship, he was delighted. Julia, a junior government and politics major at the University of Maryland with a minor in Middle East studies, faces over $25,000 in yearly tuition fees – even with a Presidential Scholarship. “The MEA scholarship was very helpful,” Mr. Sachs said.
Members of the Organization Committee objectively reviewed the record 27 applications, placing emphasis on academic performance and written skills for dependents, and on professional development for members. “The Committee was impressed by the intelligence and verbal ability of all the winners,” Chairman Joel Fishelson said. He also thanked office manager Marie Cairoli and her staff for the laborious packet preparation.
Receiving awards for $750 were members Juanita Duncan of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, and Lori J. Emery of the Department of Environmental Protection. “Ms. Duncan’s Nursing Informatics studies and Ms. Emery’s Masters of Public Administration degree will help them better serve the City of New York,” President Eber said in praise of the winners.
Also among the winning members was Derick A. Braswell of Health and Hospitals Corporation. Mr. Braswell is working on his Business Administration degree. Along with the other three member recipients, he will receive $500 towards his studies.
The other member recipients include Kiet A. Ly of the Financial Information Services Administration for his MS in Computer Sciences, Robert S. Martinez of the New York Police Department for his Masters in Executive Management, and Brandon P. Stratford of the Administration for Children’s Services for a Masters in Urban Affairs.
$1000 dependent scholarships were awarded to Howard S. Amari, son of Iris Spencer-Howard of the Health and Hospitals Corporation; Paul M. D’Amore, son of Paul S. D’Amore of the Department of Parks and Recreation; and Gabrielle A. Young, daughter of Courtney Young of the Health and Hospitals Corporation . They are attending Maryland, St. John’s, and Princeton, respectively.
The nine $500 dependent scholarships were awarded to Kate E. Carlucci of Bates College, daughter of Philip G. Carlucci of the New York City Housing Authority; Colin W. Dowey, also of Bates College and son of Edward M. Dowey of the Department of Environmental Protection; Steven J. Florentino of SUNY Binghamton, son of Richard A. Florentino of the Department of Environmental Protection; Sneha Ganguly of Rutgers, daughter of Ashok Ganguly of the Financial Information Services Administration; Jessica E. Lamadieu, also of Rutgers and daughter of Elizabeth Lamadieu of the Administration for Children’s Services; Arielle M. Mauge of George Washington University, daughter of Arsenia E. Delgado of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; Lisa G. Prasso of SUNY Buffalo, daughter of Thomas M. Prasso of the New York Police Department; Kayvaan H. Saghati of SUNY Stony Brook, son of Mohammad A. Saghati of the Department of Environmental Protection; and Michael Shulman of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, son of Shelly Shulman of the Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Participating committee members included John Andrezzi (HPD), Tyrone Morrison (Comptroller’s Office) and Allen Pinchoff (Retiree).
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