Seven young people will be awarded scholarships at this year’s Greater Youngstown Italian Festival on the weekend of July 29. It is a program that has been in place for a long time, according to event Trustee Anthony Julian.
“We have been giving scholarships as long as I can remember,” Julian said.
The way the program works starts when the Greater Youngstown Heritage Foundation, Inc. puts out a request for scholarship applications.
“They contact us for an application, fill it out, and mail it back to us,” said Arlene DeChellis, festival secretary.
The next step is to make up a ballot with the information on it, but with the names removed. DeChellis said the names are removed so that the festivals nine-member panel won’t know who they are voting on. With the names removed, the panel is simply looking for the best students from the submitted applications without knowing who they are.
To be eligible for the $1,000 scholarships, a student must be attending Youngstown State University.
“We deposit the scholarship into the student’s YSU account," DeChellis said.
Each year the foundation gives two scholarships, then any business or individual can offer an additional scholarship through the foundation.
This year six received the scholarships to YSU. That number includes Ryan Candella and Danielle DeChellis, both of Boardman, who received the Youngstown Italian Heritage Foundation scholarships; Julia Rose Moderelli of Youngstown, honored with the Gelsomina “Nina” Caruso scholarship; Julia Kirchner of Boardman, who received the Angelo Yacovone and Nick C. Yacovone scholarship; Sarella Gustovich of McDonald, who got the James and Coralie Centofanti scholarship; and Deanna Manevich of Austintown, who received the Fernando Riccioni scholarship.
For the past three years a different type of scholarship was added to the lineup. Nick Modarelli said he was talking about the fact that not everyone goes to college. He said some prefer to go into the trades and there should be a scholarship for them.
“I was told to put my money where my mouth is, so I did,” Modarelli said.
This is the third year that he offered the Nicholas G. Modarelli Bricklayer’s Apprenticeship scholarship. It is named in honor of his father.
Unlike the six YSU scholarships, this one goes directly to the person who is a bricklayer apprentice. Matthew Paul Holko of Cortland was named the recipient this year. Modarelli said he is a father with a wife and two children who is working towards becoming a union bricklayer.
Holko, along with the other six scholarship recipients will be receiving a certificate during next weekend’s Greater Youngstown Italian Festival.