VERONA, NJ - The Verona Chapter of UNICO National recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Verona residents at a dinner on June 2. The scholarships are based on academic and sports achievements, as well as community service.

Patrick Citrano, Anthony Giuliano, Ryan Ramsthaler, Mark Riggio and George Tamburino are all seniors at Verona High School. Christopher Festa, has just graduated from Seton Hall Prep.

Citrano, received the Salvatore Malanga Memorial Scholarship, established in the memory of the father of UNICO member Dr. Tom Malanga, and will be majoring in chemistry and neuroscience at the University of Southern California.  Festa, who will play baseball for Johns Hopkins University next year, was awarded the Alati Family Scholarship, created by one of Verona UNICO’s founding members. 

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VHS class of 2016 valedictorian Giuliano, was awarded the Msgr. Capozzelli Scholarship, which honors UNICO’s chaplain emeritus. Giuliano will be attending Notre Dame University. VHS track and cross country athlete Ryan Ramsthaler received UNICO’s Labor Day 5K Run Scholarship, named for the annual race that is a key funder of UNICO’s scholarship program, and will be a student at Villanova University in the fall.

VHS wide receiver and wrestler Mark Riggio received UNICO’s Brian Piccolo Athletic Award.  Riggio will continue his football career at Union College in upstate New York. Tamburino, who will attend American University, received the Nicholas J. Martini Scholarship, which honors a New Jersey lawyer and politician. 

In addition to the scholarships, Verona UNICO also installed its officers for 2016-2017 at the Wednesday dinner. Nicolina Carpinelli will serve as president for a second term, Michael Ruglio will be vice president, John Alati is treasurer, Donna Kiel is secretary, Larry Colombo is sergeant-at-arms and Father Jerry Racioppi, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit  in Verona, is chaplain.

Wednesday’s dinner also honored Michal Caggiano Sr., the owner of Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals and a founding member of UNICO, who passed away on May 27. UNICO meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Bella Gente. For more information about joining UNICO or supporting its programs, see its website.