Rome College Foundation awards scholarships to local students


Suzanne Carvelli, president of the Rome College Foundation, has announced the organization has awarded its annual scholarships.

The awards, and recipients, which were announced on Tuesday, include:

Charles T. Beeching/Revere Copper Products Inc. Family Scholarship — The scholarship established in 1999 by Revere Copper Products and administered by the Rome College Foundation, honors the memory of Charles T. Beeching, who was instrumental in efforts that led to Revere becoming a locally owned company.

Scholarship candidates must be the son or daughter of an employee/owner of Revere.  Selection criteria for the $2,000 scholarship is based on academic, achievement, citizenship, and community activities, with preference be given to college students currently enrolled in mechanical or electrical engineering programs and those graduating high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall in those engineering programs.

This year’s recipient is Kaden Ozog, a June 2021 graduate of Poland High School.

Rome College Foundation Scholarships ($1000 per student) — Rome College Foundation Scholarships are presented to outstanding students based on academic achievement, citizenship and demonstrated need.  Applicants must be students at one of the following institutions: Hamilton College, Mohawk Valley Community College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Utica College.

Candidates must be residents of the Rome City School District. All applicants are reviewed in light of the following criteria: academic performance, financial need, community service, motivation for pursuing chosen field of study/career and additional criteria specific to this award. Recipients of this year’s scholarships are Aliyah Marvel, who attends MVCC; Molly Closinski, a student at Utica College; and Kyle Clark, who attends SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Rome Professional & Business Women Scholarship — This $500 award, established in 2017 by the Rome PBW, is intended to provide financial assistance to a single parent who plans to continue their education and/or is already enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of study in Business. Applicants must be students at one of the following institutions: Hamilton College, MVCC, SUNY Poly, Utica College.  This year’s recipient is Phoebe Marvel, a student at MVCC.

In Memory of Dr. Michael C. Wicks Scholarship — This $500 scholarship was established in 2020 by Black Owl Consulting, Inc. and presented by Ed and Beth Jones. The award is intended to provide financial assistance to a student currently enrolled in an engineering and science curriculum at MVCC whose goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. The criteria also includes the importance of having a need for financial support and a desire to be passionate about helping others. This year’s recipient is Ryker Acquasanta, a student at MVCC.

About the Rome College Foundation

The Rome College Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was 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. The Chamber staff provides administrative support to the Foundation.

2021 Officers and Trustees 

• Officers — President Suzanne Carvelli, community volunteer; Vice President Franca Armstrong, dean, Rome Campus, Mohawk Valley Community College; Secretary Bruce Hairston, multi-team leader, Rome YMCA; Treasurer Brenda K. McMonagle, business process analyst, AmeriCU Credit Union; Assistant Secretary William K. Guglielmo, president, Rome Area Chamber of Commerce; and Assistant Treasurer Suzanne M. Pardi, business manager, Rome Area Chamber of Commerce.

• Trustees — Gale Barone, community volunteer; Peter Blake, superintendent, Rome City School District; Pamela Havens, community volunteer; Dyana Herrig-O’Neill, vice president, Financial Center Operations, AmeriCU Credit Union; Joyce Long, superintendent, New York State School for the Deaf; Lisa Matte, director, Jervis Public Library; Maureen Nash, guidance counselor, Rome Free Academy; Ashlea Schad, director of development, Utica College; Richard Shelton, director of distance learning, SUNY Polytechnic Institute; Maria Smith, education programs advisor, Project Fibonacci Foundation; Gretchen H. Sprock, community volunteer; Steve Stemkoski, director of human resources, Hamilton College; and Nancy Wilson, principal, Rome Catholic School.

• Trustees Emeritus — Mary K. Griffith, community volunteer; and Shirley B. Waters, vice president/secretary, Rome Sentinel Company.


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