The New Canaan Community Foundation Presents Scholarship Award to Student

Cathy Irwin, Chair of Scholarship Committee and Community Foundation Board Member; Anthony and Rosemary Madia, founders of scholarship award; 2013 beneficiary Andrew Perone; his grandmother Eleanor Spadaccini and father Anthony Perone; and Alan Haas, Board member and scholarship committee member.
Cathy Irwin, Chair of Scholarship Committee and Community Foundation Board Member; Anthony and Rosemary Madia, founders of scholarship award; 2013 beneficiary Andrew Perone; his grandmother Eleanor Spadaccini and father Anthony Perone; and Alan Haas, Board member and scholarship committee member.

New Canaan – The New Canaan Community Foundation is pleased to announce that University of Connecticut student Andrew Perone has been awarded the Dorrico Rotary Scholarship award for 2013. This award is supported by a fund established by his family in honor of New Canaan’s former postmaster, Joseph Dorrico, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. This award acknowledges Mr. Dorrico’s legacy and his loyal service to our community, both professionally and as a volunteer. The program, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of New Canaan, makes an award to support the educational needs of a New Canaan resident who has demonstrated a similar loyalty to the community through his/her volunteer service. Applications are reviewed anonymously by members of the Community Foundation scholarship committee and final selections are made by local Rotary Club leaders.

Andrew wrote in his application about his own community service experience and what that work has taught him about the true meaning of dedication, responsibility, and altruism. Andrew described how his philanthropic endeavors have prepared him well for success in college and beyond. He also described his grandparents’ value of giving back to the community and their experience working for Mr. Dorrico as postal workers in New Canaan. They recalled to Andrew that Mr. Dorrico was “unselfish and amiable” and a pleasure to work for. Andrew and his family, including his grandmother Eleanor Spadaccini, recently had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dorrico’s daughter and son-in-law who created the scholarship fund to help deserving local students finance their college education. Completing the circle of philanthropy created a powerful connection for both families.

The mission of the New Canaan Community Foundation is to promote community philanthropy and help donors achieve their charitable goals. NCCF provides a way for all residents of New Canaan to make an impact by supporting causes that are important to them and our community. NCCF responds to the needs of our community and surrounding areas, as shown by the $8 million in grants and scholarships made to not-for-profit organizations and students in the past 36 years. For more information call (203) 966-0231 or visit www.newcanaancf.org.