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    • Vincent T. Lombardi (pro)
    • Dr. D.M. Nigro Memorial

Joseph Coccia, Jr. Heritage, Language and Culture Award





The Scholarship Committee proudly presents the recipients of our 2016 UNICO National Awards:


Major Don S. Gentile Memorial Scholarship

Henry Francis Taibi

Sponsored by Orange/West Orange, New Jersey Chapter

Judged in New York


William C. Davini Memorial Scholarship

Laura E. Discavage

Sponsored by the National Office for New York

Judged in Wisconsin


Alphonse A. Miele Memorial Scholarship

Clelia Piperno

Sponsored by the National Office for Texas

Judged in Florida


Theodore Mazza Memorial Scholarship

Adam Christopher Hemauer

Sponsored by Illinois District I

Judged in New Jersey


Sgt. John Basilone Memorial Scholarship

Chelsea Alexis Karson

Sponsored by Chicago West Suburban, Illinois Chapter

Judged in New Jersey


Dr. Benjamin J. Cottone Memorial Scholarship

Kristen Leigh Kettelhut

Sponsored by Passaic Valley, New Jersey Chapter

Judged in Pennsylvania


Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships

Nicole Marie Baca

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Victoria Leigh Caton

Sponsored by the National Office for Massachusetts

Nakia Nicole Henry

Sponsored by the National Office for New Jersey

Javier Moreno

Sponsored by the National Office for California

Nathan Ronald Newborg

Sponsored by the National Office for Pennsylvania

Tai Nguyen

Sponsored by Bridgeport, Connecticut Chapter

Dorilynn Nicol

Sponsored by Memphis, Tennessee Chapter

Beth Ann Nowak

Sponsored by Milwaukee, Wisconsin Chapter

Arianna Leigh Stone

Sponsored by the National Office for Connecticut

Monica Leigh Young

Sponsored by the National Office for Illinois

Judged in Pennsylvania


DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship

Ashley Renee DeGennaro

Sponsored by Memphis, Tennessee Chapter

Nicolina R. Lamberti

Sponsored by the Waterbury, Connecticut Chapter

Judged in Illinois


Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship

Gianna E. Baccala

Sponsored by the National Office for Maryland

Krista S. Gresia

Sponsored by the National Office for New York

Judged in Missouri


Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship

Nathan Lewis Bruschi

Sponsored by Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts Chapter

Stephen Gerard Piccininni

Sponsored by Fairfield, New Jersey Chapter

Judged in New Jersey


Louise Torraco Memorial Scholarship for Science

Dominique Ann Adamczyk

Sponsored by Hazleton, Pennsylvania Chapter

Luke Aaron Versten

Sponsored by the National Office for Illinois

Judged in Pennsylvania


Ralph J Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship

Sasha Marie Biagiarelli

Sponsored by the National Office for Connecticut

Alex Thomas DiFabio

Sponsored by the Westfield, New Jersey Chapter

Judged in Pennsylvania


Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies

Dariell Alexis Vasquez

Sponsored by Passaic Valley, New Jersey Chapter

Judged in Delaware


Guglielmo Marconi Engineering Scholarship

James Vincent Oliveto

Sponsored by the National Office for New York

Judged in California

2016 Award Recipients

Dr. Anthony P. Vastola Award:

Basilone Freedom Award:

Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. Sponsored by: Connecticut District I of UNICO

Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. was born and raised in Waterbury, Ct. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and became a helicopter mechanic, crew chief and aerial gunner. In 1966, he was deployed to South Vietnam. After an eighteen month tour of duty and flying more than 320 combat missions, he was awarded 16 Air Medals and Combat Air Crew Wings. He also received several awards that included the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Presidential Unit Citations and the Good Conduct Medal.

In 1970, he joined the Waterbury Police Department, He was the first Black Accident Investigator, radar operator and instructor and member of the SWAT Team. In 1980, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1984. After two years in the Patrol Division, he was assigned as the Commander of the Juvenile Division, also known as the Youth Squad. In 1991, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and retired from the Police Department in 1998.

Louis Attilio DeFillipo Award:

Captain Justin Sandy,  Sponsored by: Orange/West Orange, New Jersey Chapter of UNICO

In his youth, Justin Patrick Sandy was an active member of the Orange-West Orange Chapter of UNICO National. While attending the University of Richmond, Justin participated as a Cadet in ROTC. 

In November 2012, First Lieutenant Sandy and his platoon deployed to a remote downtown base in the provincial capital city of Qalat in Zabul province, Afghanistan. Lieutenant Sandy and his platoon were tasked with providing and improving security at their downtown base. Additional responsibilities during that time included conducting daily patrols and providing security for tribal meetings in austere locations. In July 2013, First Lieutenant Sandy’s platoon returned to the United States. The  most prized achievement of his deployment was that Lieutenant Sandy was able to bring every Soldier from his platoon safely home.

In his five years of service, the now Captain Justin Sandy has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. In training, Captain Sandy has earned Airborne Wings, Air Assault Wings, and is qualified as a Joint Fires Observer.

Philip Mazzei Americanism Award-Grand Patriot:

Major Christopher Carbone, Sponsored by: Passaic Valley, New Jersey Chapter of UNICO

Tracing his roots back the American Revolution, Chris Carbone grew up listening to stories of father and grandfather’s service.

Concurrently enrolling at Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, PA and enlisting in the NJ Army National Guard, he attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. 

In September, 2005, he was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq. On October 23, 2005, his vehicle was hit with a large IED. Chris was ejected from his vehicle, with a shattered face and shrapnel in his legs. Released in March 2006, he reported in to the Passaic County Police Academy, having been hired by the Township of Wayne, NJ as a police officer. Deciding that he wanted a change in the Army, he transferred to the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion. (Airborne) at Fort Dix, NJ and attended the Civil Affairs Qualification Course at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

After numerous deployments Chris currently serves as the Headquarters Company Commander of the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion located at Naval Station Newport,  Newport, Rhode Island.

Joseph P. Cianci, Esq. Humanitarian Award:

Madeline Fiadini LoRe, Sponsored by Highland Beach, Florida Chapter of UNICO 

Madeline LoRe is a woman driven by the need to give back to her community. Her efforts started out on the county level as volunteer member of Women Rising (formerly the YWCA of Hudson County). After getting her feet wet in the volunteer world at Women Rising, Madeline moved on to serve as a trustee of the Bayonne Medical Foundation Board. She served in that capacity for sixteen years.

In 2015, Jersey City Medical Center, Barnabas Health opened a new Women’s Center with the support of the Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation. It is a comprehensive facility addressing all areas of women’s health. The funds provided through Madeline’s foundation help pay for the breast and cervical cancer screenings for the women who go to the center who are not insured.

Madeline’s contributions to the community have been recognized by many local, county and state organizations.

Madeline was an active member of Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church before it was closed in December 2015. She is the wife of Frank LoRe and mother of Victor and of Joseph, who is married to Eloina. She is the proud grandmother of Gabriel and Raphael. 


Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Award:

Joe Andruzzi, Sponsored by Wethersfield, Connectict Chapter of UNICO 

Joe Andruzzi is a three time Super Bowl champion offensive lineman who protected Tom Brady for the New England Patriots. But more than that, he is a cancer survivor that, along with his wife Jen, formed the Joe Andruzzi Foundation dedicated to providing financial assistance to patients and families. The Foundation helps them focus on recovery, not bills and also funds research at Boston Children’s Hospital.

In 2015 the Joe Andruzzi Foundation provided $1,051,927 in financial assistance, assisted 1680 patients, and organized 24 “Upbeat” outings and visits with New England’s professional athletes. To date the Foundation has raised over $10,000,000.


Joe was recently named the Walter Camp Man of the Year and is a part-time strength coach for the Patriots. Joe was an undrafted player signed by the Green Bay Packers. He played three years for them, five with the Patriots, and two with the Cleveland Browns before being diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma and having to retire to undergo treatment.


Dr. D. M. Nigro Memorial Award for Amateurs Athletics: 

Ryan Arcidiacono, Sponsored by Verona, New Jersey Chapter of UNICO 

Ryan Arcidiacono is a member Villanova University’s Basketball Team, which delineates his athletic achievements. For the 2015 season, he was named the Big East Conference Player of the Year and the Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament  after the Villanova Championship win. He currently captains and leads the Villanova University basketball team to an outstanding season as it is ranked the number one team in the country. Also, in May 2015 he was selected by the Italian National team to play in an International Tournament throughout Europe.

Ryan is one of twenty finalist nationwide for college basketball’s 2015-2016 Senior Class Award. The Award honors seniors who excel in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.


Throughout Ryan’s athletic career at Villanova University, he has demonstrated tremendous leadership qualities and exemplary moral character.