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2018 Scholarship Awards

2018 UNICO MV Scholarship Awards

According to Chairman Joe DiBlasi, “Our Merrimack Valley UNICO Scholarship is $2,500- one of the largest local scholarships around- if not the largest.  This was a record breaking year for us.  We received 60 applications from the greater Merrimack Valley area.  

After getting to meet our recipients and hear about them at the scholarship dinner, our members continue to marvel about their amazing accomplishments.  While all of the recipients demonstrated clear knowledge and pride of their Italian ancestry, two of our recipients are of 100% Italian heritage.  Also, in this year’s group, we also have two valedictorians, plus one who is ranked number 3 of a class of more than 700 students.  This year, in particular, we had some amazing athletes.  We have the captain of the varsity tennis and gymnastics teams, a pre-professional level ballerina, an all-star hockey player and captain; a Level 10 and state champion gymnast, and an all-conference football and basketball star who is moving on to play Division 1 football. “

The 2018 UNICO Merrimack Valley Scholarship recipients are:

Norris (Max) Beati of Andover, and Philips Academy.  Max will be attending Brown University.

Victoria Cataldo of Reading and Austin Prep.  Victoria will be attending Elon University.

Alexa Galuppo of North Reading High School.  Alexa will be attending Tufts University.

Ariana LoFaro of Derry NH and Pinkerton Academy.  Ariana will be attending St. Anselm College.

Cassandra Mirasolo of North Reading High School.  Cassandra will be attending Providence College.

Gabriella Palermo of Salem High School, Salem, NH.  Gabriella will be attending the University of New Hampshire.

“Also, this year, because of the generosity of an anonymous donor and because of the great work of Larry and Al and their golf committee, in addition to giving out $2,500 awards to our 6 recipients, we are able to grant a smaller award to 6 other applicants in recognition of their achievements.”

They are:


Sydney Baron
Anthony Borrelli
Sanuel Cook
Cecelia DeBlasi
Jamie Mastrogiacomo
Michael Piessens


Bedford, NH
Salem, NH
Windham, NH


UMass Amherst
Boston University
Boston College
Smith College

Front row, left to right: Mr.Sandy Galuppo, (father of Alexa, Galuppo) of North Reading High School; Ariana LoFaro of Derry, NH and Pinkerton Academy; Victoria Cataldo of Reading, MA and Austin Prep; Norris, "Max" Beati, of Andover, MA and Phillips Academy; Gabriella Palermo of Salem (NH) High School; and Elaine Mirasolo, (mother of Cassandra Mirasolo) of North Reading High School. 

Back Row:  Joseph DiBlasi, Chairman UNICO Merrimack Valley Scholarship Committee (N Reading), Dr. Joseph Giordano, Andover; Dr. Frank Coppola, Andover; Jere O'Sullivan, Andover; Dan Tirrone, N Andover,  Leverett Zompa, Methuen (All members of the Scholarship Committee).

Left to Right: Joseph DiBlasi; Todd Beati and Erica Beati, Norris "Max" Beati of Andover, MA and Phillips Academy; Attorney Jere O'Sulivan.  Max will be attending Brown University in the fall.

Left to Right: Peggy & Dr. Joseph Giordano (Andover) ; Alfio LoFaro, Ariana LoFaro, and Christine LoFaro.  Ariana will be attending Saint Anselm College in the fall.

Left to Right: Dr. Frank Coppola; Victoria Cataldo, and John Cataldo.  Victoria will be attending Elon University in the fall.
Left to Right: (Standing) William Palermo, Gabriella Palermo, DanTirone.  Seated: Gabriella's grandfather, Michael Palermo.  Gabriella will be attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall.


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