Suffolk Federal Presents $30,000 in College Scholarships to Local Students to Alleviate Their Financial Burdens

Group photo of scholarship winners


Suffolk Federal recently presented a total of $30,000 in college scholarships ($5,000 each) to six local high-school seniors who will be attending Suffolk County Community College. “Supporting our younger generation to become productive community members by providing financial assistance as they undertake their college experience is an important focus for Suffolk Federal” explains Ralph D. Spencer Jr., President & CEO of Suffolk Federal.  “We are happy to know that the scholarships awarded by Suffolk Federal will help to alleviate some of the student’s financial burden, so they can focus on their future educational and career goals.”

From the $30,000, four of the scholarship award recipients received $5,000 each as part of the Suffolk Federal Scholarship.  In addition, one student, Amber Leon, received an additional $5,000 scholarship provided by the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which was matched by Suffolk Federal for a total of $10,000. Also, William Clifford received $5,000 as part of the Michael E. Reilly Foundation Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technology which is awarded to a student enrolled in a Fire Protection Technology program at Suffolk County Community College.

Recipients were judged based upon their academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities as well as the quality of written essays.

Students who received scholarships included:

  • William Clifford (Ronkonkoma)
  • Amber Leon (Ridge)
  • Samantha Varone (Centereach)
  • Nicole Migliano (Selden)
  • Gabrielle Cerney (Manorville)
  • Jaime Cusmano (Centereach)

This year’s scholarships are being provided as a result of a new partnership between Suffolk Federal and the Suffolk County Community College Foundation.“The importance of giving to others can’t be understated and that’s because the secret to living is giving,” said Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, chairperson, Suffolk Community College Foundation. “I am thrilled that Suffolk Federal and the Suffolk Community College Foundation have partnered to recognize and support some of the most promising young people in Suffolk County with these generous scholarships.”

Added Sylvia A. Diaz, Ph.D., LMSW, executive director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation, “Today is a celebration of community excellence. Suffolk Federal shared incredibly generous scholarship opportunities for the students of Suffolk County Community College and awarding scholarships to promising students is one of our favorite things to do during the academic year. These students are actively involved in the life of their community and each has a record of volunteer service to their neighbors, extracurricular activity in their schools and academic excellence.”

This year, academic scholarship opportunities totaled $35,000, an increase from the $20,000 which were awarded by Suffolk Federal last year. “Suffolk Federal’s funding of these scholarships demonstrates in a powerful way their commitment to the young men and woman of Suffolk County and to the societal benefits that flow from an educated and trained workforce. So, thank you Suffolk Federal,” added Suffolk County Community College Executive Vice President Louis Petrizzo.

(Back row) Pictured left to right: Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, Chairperson of the Suffolk Community College Foundation’s Board of Directors; Dr. Paul Beaudin, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sylvia Diaz, PhD, LMSW, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation; Louis J. Petrizzo, Esq., Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Administrator in Charge of the Suffolk County Community College; Todd Johnson, Board Member, Suffolk Community College Foundation and Supervisory Committee Member at Suffolk Federal; Mary Lou Araneo Vice President, Institutional Advancement; Ralph D. Spencer, President & CEO, Suffolk Federal; James J. Maggio, Jr., Chairman, Suffolk Federal Board of Directors; Robert Schaefer, Member, Suffolk Federal Board of Directors; Edward J. Reilly, Treasurer, Suffolk Federal Board of Directors; Phil F.T. Bauccio, Secretary, Suffolk Federal Board of Directors
(Front row) Pictured left to right: Gabrielle Cerney, Manorville; Nicole Migliano, Selden; Amber Leon, Ridge; William Clifford, Ronkonkoma; Jaime Cusmano, Centereach; Samantha Varone, Centereach


About Suffolk County Community College
Suffolk County Community College is the largest, most comprehensive two-year, multi-campus unit of the State University of New York, enrolling more than 27,000 students in over 100 degree and certificate programs.  With over 150,000 alumni, Suffolk County Community College is a leader in workforce development, awarding more than $61 million in federal and state financial aid annually.

About the Suffolk Community College Foundation
The Suffolk Community College Foundation is an independent, non-profit, charitable volunteer organization supporting the students, faculty and staff of Suffolk County Community College, New York’s largest and most comprehensive multi-campus, two-year institution of higher learning. The Foundation’s mission is to support student access to quality education and vocational skill training by providing scholarships, emergency loans and funding for program development. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to engage alumni to maintain their connection to the college, to support foundation events, philanthropy, student mentorship and internship opportunities.

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