Seamen’s Society’s Scholarship Program

For our foster care youth, Seamen’s Society stands in place of parents in some instances. For other youth, our programs serve as a positive alternative to the streets. All of our youth receive our encouragement and support to set high expectations for them, and to help define their hopes and aspirations for the future.

To do this effectively, our children need our financial assistance when they graduate from high school and go on to college or vocational schools. Since its inception in 1998, Seamen’s has awarded 156 scholarships.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Seamen’s Society held its 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Vanderbilt on Staten Island. This year, 19 young men and women were presented scholarship awards to assist them in their pursuit of higher education in various local and out of state colleges. Over 100 guests attended, including, donors, members of Seamen’s Board of Trustees, representatives from local community leaders, individuals and staff joined in on the festivities and extended their congratulations to our recipients. Seamen’s Society also acknowledged our very special donors for their continued support of the program that started in 1998. To date, 40 students have graduated from the program.

Below are some of the colleges our students are enrolled in:

  • Oswego State University
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • College of Staten Island
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • University of Buffalo
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Hobart & Williams Smith College
  • SUNY Plattsburg
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • Seton Hall University
  • Wagner College
  • Russell Sage- Albany
  • Pace University
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College

In 2013, the following scholarships were funded by individuals and organizations in the community. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of them:

Endowed Scholarships

  • Eugene and Anne McCaffery Memorial Scholarship
  • Janet Comtois Stirn Memorial Scholarship
  • TD Bank Endowed Scholarship

Annual Scholarships

  • Brooklyn Foster Parents’ Association Scholarship
  • Embler-Cilenti Family Scholarship
  • Annie B. Mariner Scholarship
  • Robert F. O’Donnell Scholarship
  • Margie Ree Stephens Scholarship
  • Mid Island Rotary Club Scholarship
  • PS 19 Young Helpers Scholarship
  • Staten Island Children’s Campaign Charitable Trust
  • The Board of Trustees Scholarship
  • Staten Island Rotary Foundation/Ann H.& Norbert Leeseberg Memorial Scholarship
  • South Shore Kiwanis Club
  • Stephen Siller-Let Us Do Good Children’s Foundation Scholarship
  • Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Scholarship
  • Legacy Society Scholarship


Please welcome the new members of the “Legacy Society”

Priscilla Dunhill
Victory State Bank
Rose M. Volpe
Deborah Jean Stinson
Linda Steinman
Prime Landscape Services, LLC
Bennett & Rhonda Pine
Steven A. Mirones
David Karbowski
JRT Realty Group
Clifford & Ethel Holtermann
Virginia Hartie
DeSantis Kiefer Shall & Sarcone LLP
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Murray Berman
Angela Angell
Rosy Branca

The “Legacy Society” was created for those individuals who would like to support the Scholarship Fund and don’t want to create an individual scholarship of their own. All monies will go into one fund to create the Legacy Scholarship. To become a member of the “Legacy Society” donate now and make a stake into the future of a high school senior who wishes to continue his/her education at a college or vocational school. To learn more about the “Legacy Society” please contact Christina Marino @ 718-447-7740 ext. 4269 or

Click here for the 2014 Program Scholarship Brochure

To make a donation or receive information on how to set up a scholarship fund please contact the Development Office at 718-447-7740 ext. 4269 or email  You may also download our Scholarship Fund Brochure.