UNICO Merrimack Valley Scholarships 2024

UNICO of Merrimack Valley is very proud to again, this year, award scholarships to deserving Merrimack Valley area, 4 year college-bound, Italian-American students. The 2023 scholarship recipients are::

Six Scholarships of $2500
  • Nicholas Antonietti - The Lorene Tirone Memorial Scholarship Salem HS - U Mass Lowell - Mechanical engineering 
  • Lauren Arnold - The Michael Angelo Ardito Memorial Scholarship Pentucket Regional HS - Providence College - Accounting
  • Luke Bardetti - The Firicano Family Scholarship Andover HS - Amherst College - Biology 
  • Ariana Castiello - The Joseph and Laura DiBlasi Scholarship Methuen HS - Endicott College - Nursing
  • Julia Kane - The Marguerite Lentelme Kelerchian Scholarship Wilmington HS - College of the Holy Cross - Political science 
  • Brooke Tardugno - The Torrisi Family Scholarship Methuen HS - St Anselm College- Computer science
Four Scholarships of $500

Due to our great fund-raising effort UNICO MV Scholarship Committee received additional funds this year and awarded monies to the following deserving students:

  • William Acquaviva. Newburyport HS - Georgia Tech- Mechanical engineering 
  • Dylan Hubbard. Dracut HS - University of Massachusetts Lowell-Psychology 
  • Sara O’Donnell. Shawsheen Valley Technical HS - Worcester State University - Health Science 
  • Rory Smith. Methuen HS - University of Colorado - Aerospace engineering

The Scholarship Committee:
Frank A Coppola DMD
Kennith DeBenedictis PhD
Jeremiah O’Sullivan Esq
Dan Tirone
Leverett Zompa PhD
Scholarship Committee History

Founded in 1990, the Merrimack Valley Chapter of UNICO National is proud to enter its 34th year as the distinguished Italian-American service organization within the Merrimack Valley, MA. 

Shortly after UNICO’s inception, Mr. Vincent Caristo and select charter members embarked on the task of creating a scholarship committee. The intent was then, and still remains, to provide financial assistance to distinguished, higher education-bound Italian-Americans within the Merrimack Valley and to honor the success and achievement that our Italian ancestors worked so hard to foster when they immigrated to this country. In order to generate the necessary scholarship funds, the founding committee members dedicated long hours in planning and coordinating fundraising events. 

These distributions began with gifts of $1,000.00 for 5 recipients to where we have been in the past few years; giving at least $2,500.00 awards to 5 deserving recipients. 

UNICO Merrimack Valley is proud to declare that over 200 scholarship awards have been provided to deserving Merrimack Valley college-bound students . Additionally, our chapter has recently announced that it has raised and distributed over $1,000,000 to local charities since inception.  

As this year’s chairman, I am privileged to receive the torch from those who served so capably before me in order to celebrate some of the incredible Italian-American young men and women in our area.  

Frank A. Copola, DMD., Scholarship Committee Chair



(Please note: Prior year's applications are not acceptable)

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