This came in recently from the Generoso Pope Foundation:
The Generoso Pope Foundation held its Fifth Annual Anthony J. Pope Memorial Scholarship Dinner at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle on Nov. 12.
The recipient of the annual Anthony J. Pope Memorial Scholarship was Robert Mariani of Eastchester High School, an honor student who has maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA throughout high school, and has a SAT score of 2340, despite his rigorous and challenging schedule. He has received awards including the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Medal, the Westchester County Board of Legislators Certificate of Merit, the AP Scholar with Distinction Award and the Harvard Book Award. Additionally, he is active in the community as a Youth Advisory Board Member of the Nature Preserve of Eastchester, Bronxville & Tuckahoe and organized the Annual Italian Night at his high school. Hehas been described as a true “Renaissance Man.”
(from left: Carl Albano, Tuckahoe Middle School principal; David Anthony Pope, president/CEO Generoso Pope Foundation; Robert Mariani; George C. Albano. Photo courtesy Generoso Pope Foundation.)
The dinner was initiated five years ago in support of the Anthony J. Pope Memorial Scholarship Fund. More than 400 guests attended this year’s dinner to support higher education for underprivileged high school students in Westchester County.
The guests included many local dignitaries, executives of other non profits, local educators, show business celebrities, television producers, a best selling publisher, and various active members of the Westchester community. The evening was infused with delicious food, dancing, laughter. There was a special guest appearance from Sico, the world’s most active and successful communication robot, as well as a cake replica of the Generoso Pope Foundation building, prepared by the world famous Cake Boss for all to enjoy.
The Generoso Pope Foundation regularly awards scholarships to deserving students. President and CEO David Anthony Pope founded the Anthony J. Pope Memorial Scholarship in honor of his grandfather and predecessor, Anthony John Pope. Anthony John Pope was a philanthropist and a mentor to many.
This scholarship awards one college-bound senior $50,000 for college and is intended to capture Anthony J. Pope’s spirit of generosity. The recipient must meet certain requirements: a minimum GPA of 3.0, competitive SAT scores and be actively involved in community service. He or she must also be of at least 50 percent Italian heritage.
Also honored at the dinner was George C. Albano, new principal of Tuckahoe’s Cottle School, who was awarded the Generoso Pope Foundation Medal of Distinction.
Albano was introduced by PBS Jim Lehrer-NewsHour Reporter, John Merrow. Albano has been recognized as one of this nation’s most prominent educational leaders. Before his recent retirement, he served as an educator for more than 40 years, more than 30 of them as principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Vernon, recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award for superior academic achievement.
He has been described in the national media as an educational reformist and pioneer in closing the achievement gap and Lincoln Elementary as “…a school that is a shining example of educational excellence, crossing racial barriers and economic obstacles.”
Albano’s passion and commitment to guaranteeing all children a quality education no matter what their socio-economic or ethnic background has brought him national and international attention. His dedication to the community as well as to his Italian heritage is truly remarkable. Albano’s special guest, world famous classical Russian pianist Katya Grineva, performed for the audience master pieces that she has also performed for his students.