MICHAEL M. HEFNER
MELANIE J. GRISMER
Furthermore since we only had one winner of the 8th Grade Grants, we decided to award the remaining 8th Grade Grants (+1) to 12th Graders, since we had an excess of 12th Grade Applicants. In all for just this year only we are awarding a total of $4400.00
to 12 Applicants. (NEXT YEAR-2023, GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN BY 5/3/23. THE DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE AT OUR MAY MEETING ON 5/17/23.)
(Those going into High School)
Hello, my name is Amanda Chojnacki. It is quite an honor to receive the 2022 Jill Maurer-Campbell Memorial Scholarship from the FDNY Steuben Association. I am graduating from Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville and will be attending DePaul University in Chicago in the Fall where I will be studying Communications & Media. At Holy Trinity I was involved in many activities. In sports, I ran Track & Field, was on the Girls’ Basketball Team, and also played on the Golf team. I was chosen to be in the National Honor Society and the Quill & Scroll Honor Society. I was also a Student Ambassador and wrote for our school’s digital newspaper. I would like to thank my dad for sponsoring me. He was a 9-11 World Trade Center responder, so being awarded the Jill Maurer scholarship is particularly meaningful for us. I am very appreciative of the Steuben Association for providing me with this prestigious award.
My name is Michael Hefner, and I am a graduate of Fordham Prep. class of 2022. I am president of the Business Club and Aviation Club and served on the Dean’s Council. I will be continuing my education next year at Elon University in North Carolina and will be majoring in Business. I am grateful to be awarded the FDNY Steuben Association 9/11 Memorial Scholarship. This award means a lot to me as my father was an NYPD responder to the aftermath of the attack at the World Trade Center and came over to the Fire Department soon after. Thank you to the Steuben Association for bestowing upon me this great honor.
Hello, my name is Justin Schweickert. I am very thankful to be the recipient of the Gerard S. Carmosin Memorial Scholarship. I will be graduating from Massapequa High School in June and have decided to attend Adelphi University in the Fall. I have been active in my high school as Vice President of the Gaming Club and I’m looking forward to working as a camp counselor in my school district’s summer recreation program for my 4th summer. I am very excited and proud to have received this scholarship from the Steuben Society and I very much appreciate the honor.
Hello, my name is Dylann Trahey. I am extremely thankful to be the recipient of the Albert K. Shaffner Memorial Scholarship. I will be graduating from East Islip High School in June and have committed to Adelphi University, where I will be majoring in education and playing soccer. In high school, I was a part of the Foreign Language Honor Society, Best Buddies, and Peer Support Leadership Club. I am very excited to have received this scholarship and I am very grateful.
Dear FDNY Steuben Association Executive Board, Thank you so much for awarding me the 2022 12th grade female scholarship. I am very grateful and will put the money to good use toward my tuition at the University of Delaware this fall. I plan to study sports management and communications at the University. I will be graduating on June 25th from Valley Central High School in Montgomery, NY. I am very excited to start my college career in August. My dad, Jim Grismer, was a 26 year member of the FDNY. I am proud to receive the scholarship in the memory of Tom Hetzel, my dad’s mutual partner, who was a lifetime member of the Steuben Association and, sadly, lost his life on September 11th. Thank you again for this award. Sincerely, Melanie Grismer
Hello, my name is Thomas Hillebrand. I am very thankful to receive the 12th Grade Steuben Association Scholarship. I am graduating from West Babylon High School in June and will be attending the University of Central Florida in the fall. During my time at West Babylon, I played football and lacrosse, I was a member of the National Honors Society, and am top 25 in my class. At UCF, I hope to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Big thanks to the FDNY Steuben Association for this generous scholarship, and my father for
being my sponsor for this scholarship!
GRACE MILLER, sponsored by her Dad, Paul Miller (BC Bn. 14)
My name is Grace Miller, and I’m a senior at Centereach High School. I run cross country and track and field and am involved in my school’s music program. This fall I'll be attending Sacred Heart University to study Spanish and hope to use what I learn to become a teacher or interpreter. I am grateful to the Steuben Association and the Grant Council of Civil Service for this scholarship and the opportunity it gives me to pursue my education.
CHRIS DeSIMONE (Sponsored by his Dad,
Ray DeSimone (Capt. E-263)
Hello, my name is Christopher DeSimone and I am graduating from Carle Place High School. During my last two years of high school I also attended BOCES where I was the student ambassador while studying Computer Technology and Network Cabling. I have been a member of the Jazz Band, Stage Crew and been on the “A” Honor Roll all four years. I will be attending The University of New Haven this fall majoring in Computer Engineering. Thank you so much for awarding me the Grant Award. It will go to good use in helping offset my college expenses.
DAN DIETRICH (Sponsored by his Dad,
Dennis Dietrich (L-150)
CRAIG GANDER (Sponsored by his Dad,
Richard Gander (BC Bn. 53)
Hi this is Craig Gander I am graduating Northport High School in the coming days and will be attending Wentworth institute of Technology in the Fall. I also have the privilege to play for Wentworth's men's soccer team. I’d like to thank the
Steuben Association for this scholarship award.
KEVIN PFUNDSTEIN Jr. (Sponsored by his Dad,
Kevin Pfundstein (R&D)
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