Bob Scinto, founder of corporate real estate giant, R.D. Scinto, Inc., met with high-achieving Housatonic Community College (HCC) students last month on June 17th to celebrate their success as ‘Scinto Scholars.’ The generous $10,000 scholarship was established through the Housatonic Community College Foundation to reward 20 students with exceptionally high GPAs for their commitment to academic excellence.
“I created this scholarship because I want to show students the direct relationship between working hard and being successful,” said Scinto, a longtime friend of the college. “I support HCC because they do a terrific job, and everyone who goes there is working hard to improve themselves.”
Scinto held a luncheon at Il Palio restaurant at his Enterprise Corporate Park property to meet directly with the students, and present their scholarship awards. The students’ goals ranged from becoming a middle school math teacher, to a white collar fraud investigator to running for political office.
“I pay for my schooling completely out-of-pocket, said Jonathan Sabotka, a Computer Information Systems student who expects to graduate next year and also works part-time in construction. “This scholarship will help me to pursue my education and allow me to ultimately get my bachelor’s degree.”
The Bob Scinto Scholarship was established last year as the need for scholarships continues to increase. In recent years the Housatonic Community College Foundation has expanded fundraising to offset the impact of higher tuition rates, Connecticut budget cuts, and reductions in both financial aid awards and unrestricted funding.
“We’re grateful to Bob Scinto for this generous support,” said Dr. Paul Broadie, HCC President. “This scholarship rewards students’ dedication to investing in their education, and helps to build a better future for themselves and our community.”
To learn more about the Housatonic Community College Foundation and how you can support financially struggling scholars, visit www.housatonic.edu or call 203-332-5078.