North End Against Drugs (NEAD) held their Annual Raymond and Michelina Costa Scholarship Fund drawing on Friday, May 19th at the Nazzaro Center, prior to the Center’s dance event.
“Thanks to the generosity of many donors we were able to give out eleven $500 scholarships to students going to tuition-based schools from grammar school to college,” stated Olivia Scimeca, NEAD board member whose parents the scholarship fund is named after. “We also gave out $100 gift cards to Staples for school supplies to eighteen students attending public schools,” noted NEAD President John Romano. “Every public school student who applied was a winner.” This is the most money NEAD has given out in one school year.
The winners and donors of the tuition-based scholarships are listed below:
Matty Ward – Northwestern University: Donated by Steven Virgilio – In Memory of Annmarie Sava-Duncan
Daniel Gentile – St Johns School: Donated by Boston Police Activities League
Emmett Parker – Loyola University New Orleans: Donated by NorthEndWaterfront.com
Isaiah Emma – Mass College of Pharmacy: Donated by Carla Gomez
Trinity Martignetti – St Johns School: Donated by a friend of NEAD
Six scholarships were donated by Donato Frattaroli and the Taste of the North End:
Vivian Potts – St. Johns School
Francis Shea – Deerfield Academy
Erica Szulc – George Washngton University
Juliana Vitello – St. Johns School
Ashley DiForte – Pope John High School
Talia Cerqueira – St. Johns School
The balance of scholarship and gift cards were donated by NEAD/Eversource, Anonymous Donor, A Friend of NEAD, Vinny and Denise Sablone, and Peter and Elizabeth Virgilio.
The Staples gift card winners are listed below:
Vera-Lyn Routhier Gomez
Alba-Lis Routhier Gomez
Thanks goes out to NEAD board members who helped make the event a great success: Olivia Scimeca, George Hadaya, Karen D’Amico, Officer Teddy Boyle, Mike Giannasoli, and Kathy Carangelo D’Amore. A very special thank you to Pizzeria Regina for donating the pizza for the event! Also, thank you to the Nazzaro Center for allowing NEAD to piggyback on their annual dance event.