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The Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship

Announcing the Inaugural Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship

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We congratulate Sydney Bando, 2021 Lakeview Technology Academy graduate, as the inaugural recipient of the Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship. Sydney plans to study neurobiology (pre-med) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 2021.

Sydney’s passion to pursue a course of study and career in the healthcare field was cultivated during her junior year of high school when she began working at an assisted living facility.

In Sydney’s own words, shared in her application essay, she stated:

“…Despite the difficult nature of the work, it was within this facility that I solidified my resolve to pursue a career in healthcare… I realized I want to spend the rest of my life giving people the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. Since my time at the assisted living facility, I have found an increasing interest in the field of psychiatry. The prospect of being able to build long-term relationships with patients and aiding them in their struggle with mental illness falls perfectly in line with the meaningful work I want to pursue. Receiving this scholarship allows me not only to help pay for tuition but also propel me toward a future where I can create positive change in individual lives. At the end of the day, this is, and always will be, my ultimate goal.”

There were 20 applications submitted to the Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship in its inaugural year of award. Cathy Koessl, Rizzo family member and fund spokesperson stated, “We were very impressed with the quantity and quality of the applicants. We can’t wait to see the great things that these recent graduates and especially Sydney are able to accomplish. Her desire to heal people’s minds and bodies is inspiring. We know that our parents and uncle would be proud that their legacy of providing healthcare for their community will be carried forward with this scholarship and future generations.”


About the Scholarship Program

The Rizzo Family Memorial Fund will provide scholarships opportunities to outstanding students from Kenosha County dedicated to pursuing health care-related careers.

The fund was established by the Rizzo children in 2020 in memory of their father – Dr. Vincent C. Rizzo, their mother – Mary C. Rizzo, and their uncle – Dr. Michael J. Rizzo.

Dr. Vincent C. Rizzo (photo, center) was a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry and served the community as a Dentist in Kenosha for almost 50 years.

Mary Rizzo (photo, left) was a Registered Nurse who graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and later went on to further her education by receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her career included working at St. Catherine’s Hospital, Hospitality Manor Nursing Home, and alongside her husband at their dental office.

Dr. Michael J. Rizzo (photo, right) graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and served as a Family Practice Physician at Aurora Medical Center caring for generations of families..

The importance that they placed on education and the love of their chosen careers was obvious to all who knew them – this scholarship fund is dedicated to their commitment to advancing the education of youth committed to health-related careers.

Criteria

The scholarship is open to Kenosha County residents who are:

  • high school seniors and plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university degree at an accredited Wisconsin institution, or
  • students currently enrolled in a Wisconsin-based college/university or accredited technical school,
  • students must plan to study or continue their studies in a health care-related field,
  • students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or better.
  • Award

    For 2021, the Foundation plans to award one Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.

    How to Apply

    The Foundation began accepting applications for the Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship in December 2020 (actual date to be determined), with a deadline for applications in early March 2021 (actual date to be determined).

    We expect to announce the first Rizzo Family Memorial Scholarship award in May/June 2021.