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Marconi (Science)
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    • Grand Patriot
    • William Paca Award
    • Civis Illustris Award

Scrapbook/DVD Award

Armed Services Awards

Athletic (Amateur & Professional)
    • Vincent T. Lombardi (pro)
    • Dr. D.M. Nigro Memorial

Joseph Coccia, Jr. Heritage, Language and Culture Award




Jon S. Ordorico, M.D., F.A.C.S., Sponsored by the Chicago/W Suburban Chapter of UNICO 

Dr. Jon Odorico received in BS degree in Chemistry from Duke University in 1983 and his MD from NYU School of Medicine in 1987. He serves as Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Organ Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine Board of Surgery and specializes in pancreas transplants, islet cell transplants and multi-organ transplants. In addition, he performs general surgery procedures on transplant patients. He has an extensive career in research. As a clinical scientist he directs the University of Wisconsin Pancreas Transplant program, which is amont the best and busiest in the world. They have performed over 1,500 pancreas transplants for patients with diabetes since the inception of the program and has a world-renowned reputation for achieving excellent results.  Dr. Ordorico is an authority and expert in pancreas transplantation sought out by practitioners around the world.



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

2015 Award Recipients

Dr. Anthony P. Vastola Award:

Ralph Contini, Sponsored by: Hackensack, New Jersey Chapter of UNICO

Ralph Contini joined the Cliffside Park Chapter of UNICO in 1983 and transferred to the Hackensack Chapter in 2006.  He served UNICO National, both New Jersey Districts VI and VII, and the Hackensack and Cliffside Chapters with distinction.  

Ralph has chaired the UNICO National Columbus Day celebration since 1996, earning him the nickname of "Mr. Columbus" in his Chapter and District.  In addition, he is the Chair of the Advanced Placement Italian Language Committee.  He has served on many National Committees, and held the position of District Governor and the Eastern Regional District Governor.

Ralph has readily accepted and discharged any responsibilities given him and in many instances, has offered his service without being asked.



Basilone Freedom Award:

General Anthony Zinni, Retired  Sponsored by: Greater Ramsey, New Jersey Chapter of UNICO 

Anthony Charles Zinni is a retired United States Marine Corps general and a former Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command.  In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

While serving as a special envoy, Zinni was also an instructor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. As of 2014, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.  He has been named Honorary Chairman of that institution.

General Zinni also serves as an Honorary Board Meber of the Non Profit Wine Country Marines - a 501(c)3 dedicated to helping wounded service members, and aiding the welfare of currently serving service members, as well as addressing veterans employment and transition and welfare.

Louis Attilio DeFillipo Award:

Captain Charles Gatlin Retired  Sponsored by: West Essex, New Jersey Chapter of UNICO

Charles Gatlin is a retired United States Army Captain,  In 2006, he was deployed in Kirkuk, Iraq.  While outside of his base, a car bomb detonated less than 30 yards from where he was standing.  The left back side of his body sustained the brunt of the impact. The explosion and its subsequent forces (blast, debris flying, etc.) resulted in him losing consciousness. He regained consciousness and was medevaced to Balad Air Force hospital and diagnosed with a moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI).

At the time, the true consequences of the war's invisible injuries of TBI and post-traumatic stress were not recognized and appreciated. Since then, Captain Gatlin and his wife, Ariana DelNegro, have worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the challenges service men and women have faced in their recovery process. Both have testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Philip Mazzei Americanism Award-Civis Illustris:

Joseph M. Arpaio, Sponsored by: San Diego, California Chapter of UNICO

Joseph Arpaio is known as "America's Toughest Sheriff," a name given to him years ago by the media.  It's a name he has certainly earned as head of the nation's third largest Sheriff's Office, with more than 3,500 sworn and civilian employees, serving a county of over 4 million people.

In 1992, Arpaio successfully campaigned to become Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona and has since been elected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms. During his tenure as Sheriff, Arpaio has consistently earned extraordinarily high public approval ratings. He is the longest serving sheriff in Maricopa County history.