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News and Updates For Scholarship Recipients

In this section you can find information about recent scholarship winners, the status and accomplishments of many of our past scholarship recipients, which we hope serves as motivation for all students, and finally, recent news announcements concerning any changes and additions to our scholarship offerings.

Congratulations To Our 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Erin Brownwho was awarded a scholarship to attend Central Connecticut State University.

Jatorra Jackson , who was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut.

Heather Brown, who was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut.

Updates On Past Scholarship Recipients

“Students who are making a difference”

We are both honored by and proud of the accomplishments of our scholarship recipients.  Many have gone on to obtain advanced degrees.  They are engaged in a wide range of professional pursuits, but what they all have in common is that each of them is “making a difference” in the world!

NOTE: Maiden Names Are Used For The Women Scholarship Recipients

Valerie Moore (1996) – While at Fairfield University she spent her junior year abroad in Japan and speaks Japanese. After graduating from Fairfield with a double major in International Business and Management Information Systems, she spent several years at G.E. and moved on to work for U.N.I.C.E.F at the United Nations. She recently joined International Turbo Systems, Inc. as their Vice President of Strategy and Client Solutions

Rocco Guerrera (1997) – Graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Accounting and went on to obtain his MBA from Fairfield and later obtained his C.P.A.  He began his career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a national accounting firm, and is now a Partner at Simione, Macca and Larrow, a regional accounting firm.

Christine Lamas (1999) – After graduating from Fairfield University, she obtained her Master’s Degree from Florida State University in Psychology and worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with the Newtown Public School System.  She is currently working for Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Julian Saavedra (2000) – Spent a year after graduating from Fairfield University teaching in China and is now an 8th grade social studies teacher at a KIPP Charter School in the Philadelphia area.  KIPP is a nationally acclaimed network of 162 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life.  He was recently recognized as a top black educator in the city of Philadelphia.

Christa Szantyr (2001) – After graduating from Fairfield University with a degree in Psychology, she went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton.  She was a middle school teacher in Bristol, Connecticut and is currently the Principal at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel grammar school in Meriden, CT.

Dr. Jenna LoGiudice (2002) – Completed her undergraduate work at Fairfield University, where she obtained a B.S. in Nursing.  She went on to obtain her Master’s in Nursing from Yale University and completed her Ph. D. from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing in 2014.  She is a tenure tracked Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Fairfield University, where she was recently selected as the Undergraduate  Teacher of the Year.  She is also a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

Rob Guererra (2003) – While completing his degree in Communications at Quinnipiac University, he worked as an intern at ESPN.  After graduation he went on to full time employment with ESPN and became a production assistant on the “Mike and Mike” show.  He switched to NBC Sports Radio where he became the producer of the “Erik Kusselias Show” and is currently the producer of “Pro Football Talk Live (PFT)” with Mike Florio.  This radio broadcast is on from 6-9 AM with the last two hours being simulcast on the cable TV channel NBCSN where you can see Rob interact on air with Mike.

Stephanie LeStage (2003) – Graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology.  She was working for a law firm specializing in intellectual property and has decided to take a couple of years off to raise her children.

Erik Johnson (2003) – Graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English Language and Literature.  He is currently employed as a Sales Consultant at Blasius Chevrolet Cadillac.

Matt Alspaugh (2003) – After completing his undergraduate work at Southern Connecticut State University with a major in Media Studies and a minor in Creative Writing, he moved to New York City, where he is performing improvisational comedy and directing comedic performances.  He is currently one of the sketch directors at The Magnet Theater and was selected to perform at the Chicago Sketch Festival.

Alexi Bachuretz (2004) – After transferring from Quinnipiac University, he graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Exercise Science.  He is currently employed as the Health and Wellness Director and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at the Westport Connecticut Weston Family Y.

Eric Ellis (2004) – Graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Political Science and obtained a Master’s in Labor and Industrial Management from the University of New Haven.  He works at Verify, a leading provider of supply chain management, where he is a  Recruitment Specialist.

Kanping Zhong (2004- After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Actuarial Science, he moved to China where he served as a Loan Administration Officer for the Hang Seng Bank.  He recently relocated to New York, where he is a Credit Analyst for the New York Business Development Corporation.

Jessica Bell (2005) – Since graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Medical Technology, she has been working as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Quest Diagnostics and is also continuing her education. In addition, she started her own apparel company in 2013, “Always A Lady”.

Peter Gonzalez (2005) -  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he received multiple promotions and became one of the youngest sergeants.  While in the Air Force he obtained an Associates Degree in Avionics Systems.  After his discharge from the service, he enrolled in an engineering program at Florida International University where he is currently a student.

Marisa Mango (2005) – Graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in Mental Health.  Since graduating, she has been employed by NAFI, CT, where she received the employee of the year award for her group home and residential services.  She has held several positions and is currently the Foster Parent Recruiter and Trainer for the organization.  She plans to return to school for her Master’s in Psychology.

David Bedard (2006) – Graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) where he was Student Body President and the President of Zeta Tau Fraternity.  After an extended hiatus, he recently completed his degree at URI in Political Science with a minor in Economics.  He is considering a career in teaching and/or student advising.  He recently relocated to New Hampshire and is working as a Pharmacy Tech at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Maegen Blankenschen (2006) – Graduated from Southern Connecticut State University, where she spent a summer in The Washington Center’s Political Leadership Internship Program.  Since graduation she has held a variety of management jobs in the private and public sector and is currently a District Manager with National Office Furniture.

Chavonne White (2006) – After graduating from Southern Connecticut State University, she went on to obtain her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. She is working as an adolescent therapist and is planning to open her own practice.

Melanie Deziel (2008) – Graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she was the editor of the student newspaper and obtained a degree in Journalism. She went on to obtain her Master’s in Journalism at Syracuse University.  She has worked at The Huffington Post; The New York Times, as their Digital Branded Content Editor; and as a Creative Strategist for Time Inc.’s native advertising and editorial innovation teams.  She was the recipient of several awards for her New York Times project, “Women Inmates”, developed in support of “Orange Is The New Black” series for Netflix.  She is also the founder of MDeziel Media, the creator of the newsletter, The Overlap League, and an international speaker on how storytelling and advertising can be combined to create branded digital content.

Steven Naylor (2008) – After graduating from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he served as the Vice President of the Student Government, he joined the United States Coast Guard and was commissioned as an officer in June 2014.  He served aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter on the southeast coast of the United States and was recently selected to participate in the Navy/Coast Guard Officer Exchange Program, where he will spend two years assigned to a U.S. Navy destroyer.

Dr. Daniel Camacho (2009) – Completed his undergraduate work as a pre-dental major at the University of Connecticut.  He graduated as a Rowe Honors Scholar, with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology.  His undergraduate thesis was titled, “Characterization of Drosophila Interacting Genes: Elucidating the Mechanism(s) of PolyQ Toxicity in Huntington’s Disease”.  After graduation he received a full scholarship to the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and spent time with members of the UConn staff operating a free dental clinic in Grenada.  Dan graduated in 2017 and is entering an advanced program in Orthodontics in Pittsburgh.

Aaron Radden (2009) – He graduated from Central Connecticut State University, where he was a 2nd Team All American in Track and an Academic All American.  He visited Kenya with his track coach and adopted several schools in the country by providing tuition, school uniforms, school supplies and food to children who otherwise would have no access to these essentials.  He recently completed his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling (MFT) at Central Connecticut State University and is employed as a child abuse treatment therapist at Klingberg Family Centers where he is doing research on predictive causes of dysfunction in families.

Legairre Radden (2009) – After graduating from Central Connecticut State University, where he graduated at the top of his class with a 4.0 G.P.A., was Senior Class President and the recipient of the President’s Citation and Dean’s Citation awards.  After graduation he received a research assistantship to work towards his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Wesleyan University.  He worked as a Research Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim and is currently a Research Associate at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., working on human immune diseases.  He has published several peer reviewed papers on various scientific research topics and has his name on a patent.  He also continues to work towards his Ph. D.

Michael Strumski (2010) – Graduated from the University of Connecticut with a 3.7 G.P.A. while also working as an intern in the Sacred Heart High School guidance department.  He is recently received  his Master’s degree in School Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University.

Dr. Alexandra McDonald (2010) – She recently graduated from a six-year degree program at the Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she received her Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm D.).  She recently passed her NAPLEX test to become a registered pharmacist and is currently the Pharmacy Manager at the second busiest CVS in Boston.

Henry Sahn (2010) – Graduated from Quinnipiac University and is coaching the Sacred Heart High School girls soccer team. He is enrolled in the Master’s program at Southern Connecticut State University for Public Health after which he plans to attend medical school.

Andre Gary (2010)  - While attending the University of Connecticut, where he graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies,  he was a cofounder and captain of the ENCORE Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance Team.  He is currently working as a member of the Dana Foglia Dance Company.  Ms. Foglia has worked with many well-known performers, including Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. You can watch him perform in this short YouTube video Dana Foglia Dance Performance (note: the first 15 seconds are somewhat dimly lit).

Deanna Rosa (2011) – Graduated from Fairfield University School of Nursing where one of our previous scholarship recipients, Dr. Jenna LoGiudice (2002), was one of her nursing professors!  She maintained a G.P.A. of 3.69 throughout her four years and is working at Yale New Haven Hospital as a nurse in their Intensive Care Unit.  She recently was accepted into the Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner program at Fairfield University.

Kaitlyn “Kate” Dwyer (2011) – Maintained a 3.8 G.P.A. as a double major in Communications and English from Central Connecticut State University.  She was captain of the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and led them to the NEC Swimming and Diving Championships.  She holds several diving records and was also named to Traveler’s All Academic Team.  She is currently a marketing coordinator at eThink Education.

Jake Martin (2012) – Graduated from Gordon College with honors in Business.  He was a four year starter on the lacrosse team and named to the all Commonwealth Coast Conference team when he led the team in scoring with 49 goals.  He is currently working for Curriculum Associates, an educational software company.

Kim Grendzinski (2012) – She was a Dean’s List student at the University of Connecticut where she obtained a degree in Animal Science.  While at school she participated in several research studies to improve herd growth and health.  After graduation she worked at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park and is currently at the University of Connecticut working as an Animal Care Technician.

Dionne Parker (2013) – She was a Dean’s List student at Coastal Carolina University where she obtained a degree in Public Health. While at school she played intramural sports, worked as an athletic manager and was a walk-on for the Coastal Carolina’s Division I Women’s Basketball Team. Her future plans include attempting to secure a job coaching at the college level and/or pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Social Work.

Haley Iannantuoni (2013) – She recently switch majors and has two more years before obtaining her degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a Master’s degree. She received recognition for her blog post on “The (I’m) Possible Project” and this recognition prompted her to consider writing a book about mental health. You can read her blog post about what motivated her to become a social worker at this link Dear Mom, It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Molly Murphy (2013) – She recently graduated with a degree in Marketing from Southern Connecticut State University where she was the Vice President of SUMA. She is currently interviewing and seeking employment in the business sector with an eye on digital marketing opportunities.

January 2017

Full Tuition Agreement With The University of Bridgeport

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and the University of Bridgeport have negotiated a full tuition scholarship agreement.  Beginning with the 2017/2018 Academic Year (Fall 2017), The Deeley Foundation will add a full tuition matching scholarship with the University of Bridgeport.  The Foundation will provide  a scholarship of $15,000, and the University of Bridgeport will waive the balance of the tuition for all candidates with family incomes of $65,000 or less.

This agreement is essentially identical to the criteria we have with Fairfield University. Any student applying to the University of Bridgeport is eligible to be considered for all Deeley Foundation Scholarships. However, students with family incomes of $65.000 or less will also be considered for the full tuition awards. The current tuition at the University of Bridgeport is $31,630 per year, making the value of this new scholarship $126,520 for four years.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The current tuition at the University of Bridgeport is $31,630 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  The Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and the University of Bridgeport would match this with an award of $16,630. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $126,520 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, the University of Bridgeport would increase the amount of its contribution to offset any increases.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.


March 2016

New Scholarship Partnership With Boston College

Beginning with the 2017 Academic Year (Fall 2017), Boston College and The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation have entered into a unique agreement to provide special consideration to students from Sacred Heart High School.

It is the policy of Boston College to meet 100% of a student’s Institutional Need.  Once Boston College has determined a student’s Institutional Need, which consists of both scholarship grants and self-help awards, the Deeley Foundation has agreed to matching all or a portion of the self-help award up to an amount of $15,000 with a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation.  All of the original self-help award will continue to be retained by the student.  The money awarded by the Foundation will be in addition to any financial aid package awarded by Boston College.  The student receives both the original Boston College financial aid award PLUS the Foundation scholarship matching their self-help award.

–  In the first instance, any student who has an Institutional Need equal to or greater than the tuition at Boston College (currently $49,324) will have his/her tuition met by a grant of an outright scholarship rather than a mix of scholarships and self-help.  The Deeley Foundation will match that portion of the self-help award needed to provide a full tuition scholarship in an amount up to $15,000 with a Foundation Scholarship.  The student will retain any self help awarded by Boston College to use for the remaining Cost of Attendance such as books, fees, room and board, etc.

–  In the second instance, any student with an Institutional Need of less than the tuition will have his/her self-help award matched by a scholarship from the Deeley Foundation in an amount up to $15,000.  The student will retain any self-help awarded by Boston College to use for the remaining Cost of Attendance such as unmet tuition, books, fees, room and board, etc.

Here are examples of what this new arrangement offers:

FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP – In this example, a student receives a financial aid award from Boston College of $52,000, greater than the tuition, consisting of $42,000 of scholarship and $10,000 of self-help.  The current tuition at Boston College is $49,324.  The Deeley Foundation would supplement this award by matching that portion of the self-help in the amount of $7,324 needed to create a full tuition scholarship.   The student would end up with a total aid package of $59,324 ($52,000 from Boston College and $7,324 from the Deeley Foundation).  The entire tuition of $49,324 would be met with a scholarship, and the student would continue to receive a self-help award in the amount of $10,000.

PARTIAL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP – In this example a student receives a financial aid award from Boston College of $40,000 consisting of $33,000 of scholarship and $7,000 of self-help.  The Deeley Foundation would match the entire amount of the self–help portion with a $7,000 scholarship.  The student would continue to receive the self-help portion of the Boston College award.  The student  would end up with a total aid package of $47,000 ($40,000 from Boston College and $7,000 from the Deeley Foundation).

Students qualifying for this expanded scholarship must apply to Boston College and request “early action”.  This expanded scholarship program applies only to students who have submitted their CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile by January 1st for “early action” along with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.  They must also meet the Boston College admission and need requirements.

More information about applying to Boston College can be found at the following links:

Admissions Information

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Students are required to maintain an annual G.P.A. of 2.8 to remain eligible for this scholarship.


August 2015

Scholarship Partnership With Quinnipiac University Expanded To Include Full Tuition!

Late in the summer of 2015, an agreement was reached between The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Quinnipiac University to expand their matching scholarship program to include a full tuition scholarship.

Beginning with the 2016/2017 Academic Year (Fall 2016), The Deeley Foundation will add a second matching scholarship with Quinnipiac University. The Foundation will provide a scholarship of $15,000, and Quinnipiac University will provide the balance of the tuition from other financial sources for all candidates who are “Pell Grant Eligible”.  This scholarship is available regardless of the amount of the Pell Grant.  This new scholarship is in addition to the matching $6,000 (total of $12,000) scholarship the Foundation already has with Quinnipiac University.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The tuition at Quinnipiac University is currently $42,270.  The Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and Quinnipiac University would pair this with an award of $27,270. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $169,080 for four years of college!  Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, Quinnipiac University would increase the amount of its match to offset any increases.

Pell Grants are made on the basis of the information submitted on a student’s FAFSA form.  The formulas for determining “Pell Grant Eligibility” are complicated.  It involves several factors, including the adjusted gross income (AGI) of the family, the number of children in the family, the cost of the school applied to, and the value of the family assets (homes, etc.).  Consequently it is not practical or easy to provide an example of which students might qualify for this award.

The amount of a Pell Grant is established by the Federal Government.  For the coming academic year, the minimum amount of a grant is $600 and the maximum award is $5,775. It is important to note that Quinnipiac University is committing to award a full tuition scholarship in conjunction with The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation regardless of the amount of Pell Grant a student receives.

Quinnipiac University indicates that approximately 18% of their students receive Pell Grants.  Based on this fact and after reviewing statistics about the types of students who qualify for Pell Grants, we feel it is fair to assume that a “typical Sacred Heart student” has an excellent chance of qualifying for a Pell Grant.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.


July 2015

Expansion of Scholarship Partnership With Fairfield University To Include Full Tuition!

We are pleased to announce that The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and Fairfield University have expanded their matching scholarship program.  Beginning with the 2016/2017 Academic Year (Fall 2016), The Deeley Foundation will add a second matching scholarship with Fairfield University.  The Foundation will provide  a scholarship of $15,000, and Fairfield University will waive the balance of the tuition for all candidates with family incomes of $65,000 or less.  This new scholarship is in addition to the matching $12,000 (total of $24,000) scholarship the Foundation already has with Fairfield University.

Students with family incomes in excess of $65,000 will be eligible for the $12,000 matching scholarship valued at $96,000 for four years and students with family incomes of less than $65,000 will be eligible for this new scholarship valued at $177,000 for four years.

Here is an example of what this new program offers:

The current tuition at Fairfield University for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is $44,250.  The Deeley Foundation would pay $15,000 annually, and Fairfield University would pair this with an award of $29,250. This expanded scholarship award would be worth a minimum of $177,000 for four years of college! Should the tuition increase during the four years the student is enrolled, Fairfield University would increase the amount of its contribution to offset any increases.

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.


August 2014

Expansion Of Scholarship Eligibility To Include Two Year Colleges

Beginning with the 2015/2016 Academic Year (Fall 2015), students planning to attend two- year colleges prior to continuing on to a four-year school will now be eligible to apply for our scholarship.

Students initially attending two-year colleges are now eligible to receive the same financial awards and support as students attending four-year institutions.  The scholarship will apply to their two-year college and then be carried over to their four-year college or university.

For example, if a student receives a full scholarship award and tuition at a two-year college is $4,000 per year, then the Foundation will pay the full $4,000.  If the student subsequently transfers to the University of Connecticut for their final two years, the Foundation would increase the award to cover the current $10,568 tuition costs for the last two academic years.  This would make the total value of the scholarship $29,136 ($8,000 for the two-year school and $21,136 for the University of Connecticut).

Students receiving a partial scholarship will receive the same amount for both the two-year and four-year institutions.  

More specific details about this exceptional program can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.