Carlino family starts $1,000 electrical technology scholarship

Rebecca Jordan

Junior News Editor

The Anthony ’55 and Marilyn Carlino Memorial scholarship has been endowed with $25,000 by Michael Carlino and his wife, Stephanie, in memory of Michael’s parents.

The Anthony ’55 and Marilyn Carlino Memorial scholarship will award $1,000 annually to a student in the Electrical Technologies: Electronics Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program. Additional funds will be added every year for the maintenance of the fund, and other family members may contribute, though nothing of that nature has been finalized.

Anthony received his Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Technology in 1955 after an honorable discharge from the Army in 1953. He was a member of the first graduating class at what is now Hudson Valley Community College, and his degree allowed him to pursue a successful career at General Electric. Among other achievements, Anthony worked on the Apollo Lunar Module in the Spacetrack Space Surveillance Network program.

“I would imagine that even in this day and age, there are people who are the first in their families to attend college and graduate, so that would make them especially happy if that was the student’s situation, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Deborah Renfrew, communications and marketing specialist.

Any student looking to receive the Anthony ’55 and Marilyn Carlino Memorial scholarship must first be enrolled in the electrical technologies program. Scholarship guidelines state that if no student in this program qualifies, any student in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies is eligible. Financial need, indicated by the FAFSA, is the main basis for eligibility, though the student must be in “good academic standing” to qualify.

Renfrew said, “With this particular scholarship, they weren’t necessarily looking for high grades because the wife of the man who established it works at a college and understands that when kids are under stress, no matter how smart they are, they might not do well.”

Though the scholarship was officially approved by the college and funded by October of this year, students can apply for this scholarship in January when the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation begins accepting financial aid applications.

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