Rome College Foundation presents awards

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The Rome College Foundation presented several awards at its recent annual scholarship luncheon.

Suzanne Carvelli, president of the Rome College Foundation, presented Nikolina deSouza, a student at Mohawk Valley Community College pursuing a degree in early childhood education, a $1,000 RCF Scholarship. The Rome College Foundation Scholarship, established in 1991, is presented to outstanding students based on academic performance, financial need, community service, motivation for pursuing chosen field of study/career and additional criteria specific to the award.

Allesandra Follano, a student at Mohawk Valley Community College pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, received a $500 scholarship in memory of Dr. Michael C. Wicks, which was established in 2020 by Black Owl Consulting, Inc. The award is intended to provide financial assistance to a student enrolled in an engineering and science curriculum at MVCC, whose goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering – and having a need for financial support and a desire to be passionate about helping others are necessities. 

Courtney Lighthall, a student at Mohawk Valley Community College majoring in health sciences to further her education in nursing, was the recipient of the $500 Rome Professional & Business Women Scholarship, established in 2018. This scholarship supports the mission of the PBW of Rome, which is to build powerful women personally, professionally and politically.  

Beth Jones, president of Black Owl Consulting and president of the Rome Professional & Business Women, presented the scholarship in memory of Dr. Michael C. Wicks and the PBW Scholarship. 

Maheem Qureshi, a student at Binghamton University majoring in biological sciences, received the $2,000 Charles T. Beeching/Revere Copper Products Family Scholarship. Established in 1999 by Revere Cooper Products and administered by the Rome College Foundation, this award 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 and is based on scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community activities.

Last week at the chamber office, Carvelli, presented $1,000 scholarships to Kyle Clark, majoring in electrical and computer engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Molly Closinski, who is pursuing a major in psychology child-life at Utica University. The Rome College Foundation Scholarship is presented to outstanding students based on academic performance, financial need, community service, motivation for pursuing chosen field of study/career and additional criteria specific to this award. 

The Rome College Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 to increase higher educational opportunities in Rome. It is committed to serving the Rome community’s needs by promoting and enhancing improved higher educational opportunities for local students and investing in the future workforce. It is located at the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, 139 W Dominick St., and is managed by a board of trustees representing local businesses, industries, professions, academic institutions and the general public. The chamber provides administrative and bookkeeping services to the foundation.

The foundation develops, advocates and offers a wide variety of college programs. As funds grow through grants, donations and bequests, the foundation continues to expand its scholarship programs.

Contributions can be made payable to the Rome College Foundation, an IRS 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible to the extent provided by law; please consult your tax advisor.

For information, call the foundation at the chamber office, 315-337-1700, or go online to www.RomeCollegeFoundation.com.

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