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 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 enter college or vocational school. Since its inception in 1998, Seamen’s has awarded over 166 scholarships.

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017  Seamen’s Society held its 20th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at LiGreci’s Staaten on Staten Island.  This year, 23 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, recipients and their families, and staff; all joined in to celebrate and extend their congratulations to the recipients. Seamen’s Society also acknowledged our very special donors for their continued support of the program that began in 1998.  To date, 53 students have graduated from the program.


Below are some of the colleges/vocational schools our students are enrolled in:

Oswego State University

Hobart & Williams Smith College

St. Francis College

Keane University

Long Island University

College of New Jersey

College of Staten Island

NYC College of Technology

Mercy College

Agnes Scott College

Onondaga Community College

CW Post

NY Career Institute

Career School of NY

CUNY/SUNY Colleges

In 2016 the following scholarships were funded by individuals and organizations in the community. We wish to acknowledge them below and extend our heartfelt thanks:

Brooklyn Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Annie B. Mariner Scholarship (Lee & Lisa Stephens)

Margie Ree Stephens Scholarship (Lee & Lisa Stephens)

Robert F. O’Donnell Scholarship (Barbara Simpson)

Emma Christman Memorial Scholarship (Priscilla Dunhill)

Michael Petosa Memorial Scholarship (Louise Petosa)

Staten Island Rotary Foundation/Ann H. & Norbert H. Leeseberg Memorial Scholarship

Staten Island Children’s Campaign Charitable Trust

The Stephen Siller- Let Us Do Good Children’s Foundation Scholarship

Board of Trustees Scholarship

South Shore Kiwanis Club

Alex Inserra Memorial Scholarship (South Shore Kiwanis)

John Bovasso Memorial Scholarship (2) Staten Island Kiwanis Charitable Foundation

TD Bank Foundation

South Shore Rotary Foundation

Legacy Society Scholarships

Individual Legacy Society Scholarships:

Lynne C. Persing Scholarship

Mazzeo Family Scholarship

Victory State Bank Scholarship

Staten Island Giving Circle

Soroptimist International Community Scholarship

Avalon Gray Scholarship

The “Legacy Society” was created for those individuals who would like to support the Scholarship Fund but don’t want to create an individual scholarship of their own. All monies go into one fund to create a Legacy Society Scholarship for our recipients. 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 in college or a vocational school.

To learn more please contact Christina Marino @ 718-447-7740 ext. 4269 or

Presently there are 82 Legacy Society Members:

Margaret Accordino

Angela Angell

Joan Arnold

Lawrell Arnold

Tara Arnold

Mary Rose Barranco-Morris

David Brandwein

Christ Church

Church of the Holy Redeemer

Classic Pharmacy

Barbara Cole

Joseph & Dorothy Conti

Cuddy & Feder. LLP

Leonard Dahl

William DeLuccio

Jennifer Des Groseillers

DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall and Sarcone

Hon. Mary Kim Dollard

Priscilla Dunhill

Shirley Elfers

Lisa Esposito

Famous David’s Wood Floors

First Platinum Capital Corp

Constabile Galdi

Margaret Galligan

Chitoor Govindaraj

Jean Harrington

Virginia Hartie

Precious Hayes

Heritage Hills Developer

Ruby Holloway

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Holtermann

Edith Holtermann

Mr. & Mrs. John Iacono

Jane James

Jacqueline John

Willa Johnson

Delcie Joseph

David Karbowski

Lorraine Karelas

KCM Plumbing & Heating Corp

Gregg E. Kiefer

Richard Klein

Hazel Legette

Rose & Abraham Levy

Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation

Viola Lucas-Spellman

Charles & Caryn Mazzeo

Mavis Mc Clean

Ethel McDonald

Barbara Mewlin

Bill Mewlin

Steven Mirones

Christine Monahan

Mary Nordeen

P.S. 19

Lynne Persing

Mr. & Mrs. Bennett Pine

Jeanette Pirela

Jean M. Prabhu, Esq.

Prime Landscape Service, LLC

Project One Service, Inc

Jodi Pulice

Marie Rexach

Betty Rock

Khunet Rose

Dhanmatee Sam

Pearl Samuels

Donald Sarcone

Fay Schiff

Robert Schneider

Seth A. Harris, PPLC

Luz Solo

Sandra Solomon

Dr. Stanley & Mrs. Ruth Soren

Soroptimist of Staten Island

South Shore Rotary of Staten Island

Shirley Stark

Staten Island Giving Circle

Deborah Jean Stinson

Joan Taylor

TD Charitable Foundation

Tel-Networks USA

Diana Thompson

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans- Kings County

Victory State Bank

Rose Volpe

Nancy Vomero

Bettie Ward

Diane Williams

Click here for the 2016 Program Scholarship Brochure


To donate 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.

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