BAYONNE, NJ - Joseph Vasallo is set to attend Stevens Institute of Technology in September, and will do so thanks to the help of fellow Bayonne High School Alum William Gawor. Generations apart, Vasallo, a member of the most recent graduating class, would have studied about wars not even fought, learned about scientific breakthroughs not even made, and grown up using technology that didn’t exist when Gawor graduated in 1937.

Named in his honor, the  William Gawor Perpetual Scholarship is awarded to graduates who pursue majors in STEM areas, and, in Vasallo’s case, was earned through his performance in a variety of areas such as academic merit, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities in STEM areas, along with community and school participation.  Additionally, the future Computer Science major completed an essay detailing his involvement in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and how this investment will enable him to contribute to society in the future. 

In a statement announcing the award Vasallo, who plans on focusing on 3D printing technology and artificial intelligence was referred to as “a well-rounded student who excels in all academic areas, he also has a passion for the arts.” In addition to his academic achievements Vasallo also plays guitar at a competitive level and performs in the BHS jazz band and marching band. Joseph will attend Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall. 

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