Last April, during a ceremony at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) awarded individual scholarships of $4,000 to four very deserving 2018 high school seniors.

In the last 32 years, the NIASHF has awarded scholarships to more than 140 Western Pennsylvania high school seniors.

We invite you to distribute this to your graduating senior athletes and encourage them to apply.

The criteria for selection are as follows:

  1. High academic achievement
  2. Financial need
  3. Athletic ability at the varsity level
  4. Anticipated June 2018 graduation

The NIASHF does not discriminate on the basis of sex, creed, ethnic background, national origin or physical disability.

Please share this application with qualified student/athletes who may be interested in applying for our scholarships. Feel free to make extra copies of the double-sided form, as needed.

Thank you for your continued support, time and cooperation.

~Scholarship Committee

Each year, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame offers scholarships to exceptional students. The following is a list of the scholarships presented offered by the organization.

James Duratz Scholarship

James Duratz is a businessman who actively engages in many endeavors. He headed the Meadville Master Antenna company which was recognized as a pioneer in the development of cable television. In his “spare time”, Jim has held several positions in local and county government in Crawford County. He is a member of the Pitt Golden Panthers, and is and has been a big contributor to Pitt projects.

Don Bacco Memorial Scholarship

Donald Joseph Bacco was born on December 14, 1929 in Lawrenceville, PA. He was the son of Joseph Guy and Alberta Emma Miller Bacco. After graduating from Schenley High School in June 1947, Don enlisted in the US Marine Corp during the Korean War. He served as a Corporal until his discharge in 1956.

He worked for Washington Trust Bank in uptown, where he met his wife of 51 years, Antoinette Nicastro. He later was co-owner of an auto wrecking business in Bethal Park and was currently owner of South Hill Vacuum Center. Don was father to Donald Joseph Bacco, Jr. and Lynn Marie Bacco-Laird. He and his family lived in South Oakland until mid 1962 when they moved to Greentree.

Don was an avid bowler and went on many annual bowling tournaments. He was also very involved with his children's sports and served as little league coach for his son's team and also helped coach his daughter's softball team, receiving a coaching award. He also assisted with the Morningside Bulldogs football team and served as chairman from 1971 - 1973 until the team was dismantled. Afterward he started publishing the Leash, a newsletter for former Bulldogs. He was actively involved with numerous Italian organizations in the Pittsburgh community, including serving on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Officer of the local chapter, Umberto DiNardo Council #116 of the Sons of Columbus and past President and Board Member of the Circus Saints and Sinners - Bob Prince Tent. His pride and joy over the past four years was his only grandchild, Joseph "Joey" Daniel Bacco, who was born in 2003. Don was a true family man.

Ed Aiello Scholarship

As a retired Vice President of Global Insurance for H.J. Heinz, Ed brings with him a distinguished forty-three year career where he held many positions in Finance and Treasury. While at Heinz, Ed was responsible for the establishment and administration of both direct writing and reinsurance captives in onshore and offshore domiciles including Bermuda, Dublin, and Vermont. He remains the Chairman of both the Vermont and Dublin captives. His experience with Property, Casualty, Benefits and Alternative Risk solutions are invaluable to our entire organization.

Zia Rosa Memorial Scholarship

Ralph Cindrich established the Zia Rosa Scholarship in memory of his great aunt, Rose Scriva. Rose immigrated to the USA from Calabria, Italy and lived in Rochester Township, where she operated a small grocery store for many years. Known for her kindness to others and gentle spirit, this scholarship goes to a student from the Avella Area High School who emulates those qualities.

Galardini Family Scholarship

The Galardini family is proud to honor the many student athletes who have worked so diligently during their high school years to excel in both athletics and academics.

As part of our proud Italian heritage, our family has always strived to keep the emphasis on a good education and a commitment to improving the lives of others. We hope this scholarship will be a catalyst to their future success.

Chapter Scholarship Recipients for 2018

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