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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Page 5 The Highland Street Foundation Partners with uAspire to Launch the Thomas Menino Scholarship Scholarship and community service award recipients pose for a photo around Menino. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Leon / City of Boston) www.depas Bobby Bailey, uAspire adviser, working with a Fall River student on putting together their financial plan for in the community. Named in honor of a man known as "the Education Mayor," the Thomas Menino Schol- arship will launch this month to help a select group of Massachusetts high school graduates from the cities of Boston, Fall River, Lawrence, and Springfield achieve their dreams of college. uAspire announced they are partnering with the Highland Street Foundation to present a need-based scholarship opportunity to 25 students across the Commonwealth, building on the foundation's 25-year commitment to increase access and opportunities for children and families 00,00t:'INELLIS UNCTION FACILITY" Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceahera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. -.': spinellis:om' " Please Call 617-567-4499 pursuing a postsecondary degree. "One of Tom Menino's greatest contributions as Mayor of Boston was his steadfast focus on educa- tional opportunity for all," says Highland Street Execu- tive Director Blake Jordan. "The Thomas Menino Schol- arship honors Menino's legacy while increasing awareness about the impact and leverage that need- based scholarships can have in leveling the affordability playing field for many low- income students." The Thomas Menino Scholarship will provide need-based financial aid to 25 young people across the Commonwealth who are graduating in the class of 2014. Each scholarship award is for $2,500 per year and -- crucial to the specific financial needs of low- income students -- guaran- teed for two years. Through research and its advising experience, uAspire has found that students are more likely to persist through col- lege when scholarships carry over after their first year, ensuring a continuity of financial aid. "Students and their fami- lies are eager to pursue a college education -- but many are deeply concerned about how they can possibly afford it," said Gabrielle King Morse, uAspire Massachu- setts Executive Director. "Need-based resources like the Thomas Menino Schol- arship mean so much to our students, as each dollar is an extra step towards a postsecondary degree. We are honored to partner with The Highland Street Foun- dation to provide the type of multi-year funding that will enable our students to not only get to, but also through, college." uAspire partners with schools and community organizations to guide stu- dents and their families through the financial aid process, working one-on- one to complete the FAFSA and locate other resources to defray the costs of a postsecondary education, such as the Thomas Menino Scholarship. 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The I Migliori honorees for 2014 are: Lori E. Azzara, Psy.D. - Psychology Gina N. Fiandaca - Public Service Richard M. Leccese - Italian Heritage Teresa F. Mazzulli - Cultural Researcher Angela Peri - Film, Media Antonio Sestito - Italian Culture, aSIA PRESIDENT'S AWARD Dart. Luigi Munno, Deputy Consul General of Italy, Boston SPECIAL I MIGLIORI AWARD Dr. Philip Cordaro, A Founder of the Pirandello Lyceum Please join us at our I Migliori Awards Dinner on Saturday evening March 29, 2014 at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel Boston Logan Airport, 101 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA 617-568-1234 Cocktails and Hers d'Oeuvres begin at 5:45 pm with Dinner at 7:00 pm. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Pirandello Scholar- ship Fund which last year provided six $1,500 scholarships to college bound students. For additional information you may call Dorothy Male at 781-245-6536 or Maria Capogreco at 617-567-1233. We are pleased to have Mr. Frank Zarba and Mr. Ray Cavicchio for your listening and dancing pleasure. The Pirandello Lyceum congratulates this year's I Migliori awardees and we look forward to this special evening.