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 206 scholarships.

In 2020, we awarded 20 scholarships to young men and women who are continuing their educations at college or vocational school. Their majors range from liberal arts to engineering to nursing. This year’s recipients will be attending more than a dozen different colleges (including Drew University, Medgar Evans College, John Jay College, Boston College and SUNY Oneonta).

Last year, when we had our Scholarship Dinner, attendees heard from five students – including two who are currently studying abroad.  Their majors range from liberal arts to cartooning/illustration to mechanical engineering to nursing. Seamen’s Society President and CEO David Gaskin congratulated all of the students on their accomplishments and thanked all of the donors for their generous support. Scholarship recipient Jessica L. said, “I want to take advantage of the opportunities I’ve been given so I can achieve my original goal and continue to prove that negative cycles can be replaced with positive ones, and I truly believe that attending college is a huge step in the right direction to get me to where I want to be.”


Top picture: Our 2019 scholarship recipients with David Gaskin, (back row on left) and College Program Coordinator Eileen Bruno and Board Chairperson Laura Volsario (back row on right)

Bottom picture: Scholarship recipient Jessica L.

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

We wish to thank and acknowledge the following individuals and organizations for making our 2020 scholarships possible:

Suzanne Ainslie


Embler-Cilenti Fund

Helen Bartoshuk Trust

Jim & Lisa Hudgins

Park Avenue Platinum Group

Lynne C. Persing

Leslie & Louise Petosa

Seamen’s Society Board of Trustees

South Shore Kiwanis Club

Staten Island Foundation

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Lee and Lisa Stephens

Our 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 an investment in the future of ayoung adult who wishes to continue his/her education in college or a vocational school.

Dennis Connor

Jon Del Giorno

Matthew Mirones

Deborah Jean Stinson

Stolzenhaler Columbiettes

Victory State Bank

To donate to or receive information about our Scholarship Program, please contact the Development Office at 718-447-7740 ext. 4269.

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