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Note from Tony Montcalmo May 2022

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We hope you have been following our series on past Little Italy Foundation La Famiglia Scholarship Recipients.  A key objective of our Program is to support the next generation of Italian-American leaders as they demonstrate the contributions still being made by individuals of Italian descent.  We see, throughout history, the names of Italians and Italian-Americans who have had a significant impact on the lives of those around them!  Our hope is to help in continuing that legacy.

Where are our awardees now?  To date, our series has featured Victoria Tulley who has worked with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in its HIV programs and who was deployed virtually four times in CDC’s COVID-19 response.  After earning the Public Health Service COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal, she was aske dot serve as Public Health Advisor at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.  We, also, featured, Ian Hughes who works in the Baltimore-area operations of Northrop-Grumman, the international, 90,000 employee, $30 billion defense contractor, where he manages the production of advanced electronic equipment for military and civilian radar systems, satellites and aircraft – all key to our national defense!  And, he is often seen at Little Italy, Lodge and St. Leo Church events working as a volunteer with his family.  [Details on them may be found at the Foundation website (http://littleitalyfoundation.org) under the Awardees tab.]

In the future, we plan to feature a Nurse who went to work in the Labor and Delivery Unit of a local hospital while serving as a substitute school nurse in the County School system; a Director of Business Development for a hedge fund who helped clients understand their investments in crypto-currencies and who worked with a financial education podcast; an electronics engineer at a major defense contractor who was assigned, based on performance, to a long-term field engineering project in the United Kingdom; a legislative assistant for a US Senator on Capital Hill; a Director of HR and Operations for the US-based operations of a major insurer; a student who went on to complete a Masters Program in Social Work and joined a local University as an Employee Assistance Program Specialist providing mental health counseling to employees and graduate students; a Financial Analyst with an investment firm who, also, serves as a mentor to local elementary school students; and many others.

Each of these award recipients, and others who will be featured, are making a difference and are representing our history and heritage in unique and valuable ways.

Let us know what you think of them! Spread the word on the contributions they are making and the role of the Little Italy Lodge Foundation La Famiglia Scholarship in supporting them and future recipients!

                                                                                                                    Tony Montcalmo