FABRIZIO SCHOLARSHIP — Pamela Havens, president of Rome College Foundation, left, presents a check for $500 to Cooper Goetz, a third-grader at Rome Catholic School, after the 9-year-old was awarded the Peter A. Fabrizio Jr. Scholarship. From left: Havens, Edward Cirilo, father of Cooper; Cooper Goetz; Kathy Goetz, grandmother; Patti Bliss, RCS principal; and Charley Goetz, grandfather. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Third-grader receives Fabrizio Scholarship at Rome Catholic School

Published Jun 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

Rome Catholic School and the Rome College Foundation gathered today to award Cooper Goetz, a third grader at RCS, with the annual Peter A. Fabrizio, Jr. Scholarship for 2018.

Goetz, a 9-year-old, is the son of Kathleen Goetz and Edward Cirilo.

In school, Goetz said that his favorite subject is math. At home, the third-grader likes to read graphic novels and play video games.

Cooper also plays baseball for one of the Rome VFW teams, according to an announcement by the Rome College Foundation through the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce.

Goetz looking forward to summer vacation and attending MVCC’s Summer Camp, the announcement added. 

The scholarship is named after Peter Fabrizio, a graduate of Transfiguration Elementary School and Rome Catholic Junior/Senior High School.

He was killed in an automobile accident in 2002 while stopping to assist a stranded motorist.  

In his honor, a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to the third-grader at Rome Catholic School with the highest average. 

Peter attended Transfiguration School from kindergarten through sixth grade.

From grade seven through 12, he attended Rome Catholic High School where he graduated in 1997 as salutatorian of his class.

Peter continued his education at Yale University and graduated from Yale in May 2001.

At the request of Peter’s parents, the Rome College Foundation is administering the scholarship.

The Rome College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1966 to increase higher educational opportunities in Rome.

It is located at the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and is managed by a Board of Trustees representing local businesses, industries, professions, academic institutions and the general public.