NEW YORK, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO and New York Shipping Association, Inc. announced the eight winners of the 2011 Teddy Gleason Scholarships. The two trustees of the Scholarship Program, ILA Executive Vice President, Harold Daggett and NYSA President Joseph Curto, introduced the students at a luncheon on June 20, 2011 at Bobby Van's Steak House in Lower Manhattan.
All eight students are dependents of ILA members working for NYSA member companies in the Greater Metropolitan area. The NYSA-ILA Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the late ILA president Teddy Gleason, is open to dependents of active and retired ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey. This is the thirtieth-first annual scholarship program. Students will receive an annual grant of $6,000 per year for each one of four years in college.
The 2011 Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners are as follows:
Chelsea M. Aceti: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aceti of Bayonne, New Jersey. Mr. Aceti is a member of ILA Local 1588 working at Ceres Atlantic Terminals Inc. Chelsea plans to attend Monmouth University in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Narissa N. Jones: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sean Jones of Allentown, New Jersey. Mr. Jones is a member of ILA Local 1233 working at Ports America, Inc. Narissa plans to attend York College of Pennsylvania in York, Pennsylvania.
Amy Lynn V. Melok: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Melok of North Arlington, New Jersey. Mr. Melok is a member of ILA Local 1804-1 working at Ports America, Inc. Amy Lynn plans to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Anthony J. Mondi: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Mondi of Clark, New Jersey. Mr. Mondi is a member of ILA Local 1 working at Ports America, Inc. Anthony plans to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.
Toby R. Nicastro: Son of Mr. & Mrs. Toby Nicastro Sr. of Nutley, New Jersey, Mr. Nicastro is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at Maher Terminals, Inc. Toby plans to attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Ethel P. Osorio: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jose Osorio of Clark, New Jersey. Mrs. Osorio is a member of ILA Local 1 working at Maher Terminals, Inc. Ethel plans to attend University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alison R. Rebozo: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Rebozo of Hillside, New Jersey. Mr. Rebozo is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at Ports America, Inc. Alison plans to attend Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, New York.
Jessica J. Sands: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randy Hicks, of Sparta, New Jersey. Mr. Hicks is a member of ILA Local 1804-1 working a APM Terminals, Inc. Jessica plans to attend Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
The Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic performance and aptitude testing among other determinations. The scholarships are available to qualified applicants who wish to continue education at undergraduate, apprentice or training programs at any accredited colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. An independent agency – the College Scholarship Service based in Princeton, New Jersey – makes the selection of the scholarship winners.
The eight Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners join 32 other students currently enrolled in colleges and universities who were previously awarded these generous grants. The scholarship program was introduced in 1981 following collective bargaining between the ILA and employers represented by NYSA and it provides $192,000 in yearly assistance for 32 students.
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO