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CSEA announces 2019 statewide scholarship recipients

graduation_capWe are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships, Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships. Each year, our union presents the $1,000 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship to 18 graduating high school seniors who are dependents of CSEA members, three in each region.

The Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships each total $2,500 and are each awarded to one eligible graduating high school senior.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!


Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships
Long Island Region:
David Brown, whose parent, Marcelle Brown, is a teaching assistant at the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District.
Thomas F. Moran, whose parent, James L. Moran, is a chief stationary engineer at Nassau County.
Krisia Romano, whose parent, Orlando Romano, is a cleaner at Farmingdale UFSD.

Metropolitan Region:
Aya Boulhoujat, whose parent, Abdelaaziz Boulhoujat, is a general mechanic at Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
Megan Emery, whose parent, John C. Emery, is a crisis & emergency risk communications specialist at Health Research, Inc.
Carlos Rosario, whose parent, Rebecca Rosario, is a consumer frauds NYC/office assistant 2 (SL) at the Office of the NYS Attorney General.

Southern Region:
Jack Byrne, whose parent, Kaye Byrne, is a custodian at the Cornwall Central School District.
Dimitrios Orfanos, whose parent, Mary Orfanos, is a teacher aide at the Mamaroneck UFSD.
Diana Santini
, whose parent, Catherine Santini, is a secretary to school administrator, Mt. Pleasant Central School District.

Capital Region:
Maya P. Blanchet, whose parent, Valleen Rae Blanchet, is a principal account clerk at Schenectady County.
Tyler Hanrahan, whose parent, Jill Hanrahan, is employed at Schodack Central School.
Keegan Sewell, whose parent, Aaran Garvey, is a heavy equipment operator at Essex County.

Central Region:
Jenna Bradshaw, whose parent, Christine Bradshaw, is a senior social welfare examiner at the Oswego County Department of Social Services.
Marisa Presutto, whose parent, Laurie L. Presutto, is an office assistant 2 at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Daulton J. Scharf, whose parent, Lisa Scharf, is a home school coordinator at Malone Central School District.

Western Region:
Jenna Crean, whose parent, Kelly Crean, is an office assistant 1 at SUNY Buffalo.
Abigail Henry, whose parent, Shelly Phillips, is a clerk at Southwestern Central Schools.
Alison McIntosh, whose parent, Katie McIntosh, is a principal clerk typist at Cleveland Hill UFSD.

Pearl Insurance Scholarship
Alysen Bruce, whose parents, Victoria Bruce, is a dispatcher at Essex County EMS, and David Bruce is a dispatcher at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

MetLife Insurance Company Scholarship
Angelo Joseph Vita, whose parent, Clara Vita, is a senior typist clerk at Syosset Central School.

    2015 McDonough Scholarship recipients announced

    graduation_capCSEA recently awarded six $1,000 Thomas H. McDonough Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Studies (one per region) to children of union members. McDonough had served in numerous CSEA offices, including as the union’s executive vice president. The scholarship in his name is awarded annually to former Irving Flaumenbaum scholarship recipients who are pursuing higher education.

    The 2015 recipients are:
    Long Island Region:
    Emily Vigliotta, whose mother, Jane Vigliotta is a clerk typist at the William Floyd School District. Vigliotta is attending the College of the Holy Cross.

    Metropolitan Region:
    Suraj Kumar, whose mother, Suresh Bala is a food service worker at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Kumar is attending Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

    Southern Region:
    Michelle Prakash, whose mother, Leelamma Prakash is assistant director of administrative services at Westchester County, and whose father, Koshy Prakash, is a software architect at Westchester County. Prakash is attending Siena College.

    Capital Region:
    Emily Hess, whose mother, Sandy Hess is a special education aide at the Shenendehowa Central School District. Hess is attending Hamilton College.

    Central Region:
    Kayla Dittl, whose mother, Penny Dittl is an aide at the Lowville Academy Central School District. Dittl is attending the State University of New York at Brockport.

    Western Region:
    Kayla Casper, whose mother, Maria Casper is a teacher aide at the Elba Central School District. Casper is attending Cazenovia College.

      Southern Region scholarship recipients announced

      Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo and Southern Region officers recently presented several graduating high school students with college scholarships.
      Lynn Doyle, daughter of Dutchess County Unit member Carol Doyle, received the Diane Hewitt Scholarship;
      Andrew Chilton, son of Lakeland School District Unit member Maureen Chilton, received the Southern Region Scholarship;
      Andrew Clase, son of Ossining School District Unit member Astrid Clase, received the Community Action Scholarship; and
      Anthony Lesczynski, son of Town of Wallkill Unit member Kimberly Lesczynski, was the recipient of the Humanitarian Scholarship.
      Congratulations to all the recipients!

        Scholarship Opportunities

        Excelsior College

        CSEA is proud to partner with Excelsior College to offer discounts on your higher education. For more information, visit the Excelsior website dedicated to CSEA members!

        AFSCME Free College Benefit

        Those calling for a return to an era when good-paying jobs did not require a college education are burying their heads in the sand. Research continues to show that a college degree is one of the best ways to achieve the American Dream, and the AFSCME Free College benefit can help.

        The benefit – with no out-of-pocket costs to you – is provided by AFSCME in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited, non-profit institution and a member of the University System of Ohio. AFSCME members, their families (spouses, domestic partners, children and grandchildren) and retirees can enroll in a program to earn an associate’s degree online from anywhere in the country. Credits can also be transferred to most four-year public universities.

        Scholarships

        CSEA Scholarships
        CSEA awards 18 $1,000 scholarships under the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship. Plus, Pearl Insurance and MetLife each sponsor a one-time $2,500 award.
        Applying for a Flaumenbaum scholarship automatically puts an applicant in consideration for the Pearl Insurance and MetLife scholarships.  Students are only eligible to win one of these three scholarships.  Application deadline is April 15.
        The application will be available for download by January 31.
        PLEASE NOTE: Old applications could disqualify potential candidates. Please do not use applications from previous years – applications were recently revised. Please check back soon.


        *Please note: the application submission period for 2019 has ended.

        CSEA also awards the John. J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students who are the children of CSEA members killed or permanently disabled as a result of their jobs, or who died while an active CSEA member.  For more information on applying for this scholarship, contact CSEA at 1-800-342-4146 x1341.


        AFSCME Family Scholarship program: provides ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 each that are renewed for a maximum of four years. CSEA/AFSCME members’ children (or whose legal guardian is an active CSEA/AFSCME member), and who are high school seniors are eligible.
        For an application call (202) 429-1250 or write to:
        AFSCME Family Scholarship Program
        Attention: AFSCME Advantage
        1625 L Street, N.W.
        Washington, DC 20036

        The scholarship application period opens August 1 and must be postmarked no later than December 31. Winners are announced March 31.


        The Union Plus Scholarship Program: awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to CSEA/AFSCME members, spouses and children. Members must have been a member in good standing for at least one year to apply.  The program opens in September and closes January 31. Winners are announced May 31.