October 15, 2012 – Dutchess Community College Nursing student Cheryl Chianese has been awarded the Phi Theta Kappa 2012 Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship. One of only 20 students nationwide to receive the $2,500 award, Chianese is a sophomore at DCC and a resident of Wappingers Falls.
The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship recognizes the outstanding academic and leadership accomplishments of part-time, full-time and international students enrolled in registered nursing, respiratory care or emergency medical services associate degree programs.
“I was shocked and excited when I learned I received the scholarship,” said Chianese. “I felt that my hard work for was finally starting to pay off. I love helping people, and I was a licensed practical nurse for four years, and thought if I became a registered nurse I could do even more.”
The scholarship was named in honor of Lanza, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and founder of global aerospace and defense company L-3 Communications, to recognize his philanthropy work. Funding for the scholarship comes from Phi Theta Kappa, L-3 Communications, the American Association of Community Colleges and CAE Healthcare.