CIC Chairman Emeritus Louis G. Nappi Creates New College Scholarship Program; Inaugural Award Picks Six for Fall 2009 Grants

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After more than a year of planning and development, the scholarship committee of a construction management and labor coalition announced this month that it has made its inaugural award to six students who will each receive $3,000 scholarships for undergraduate studies in the sciences, including math and engineering.

After more than a year of planning and development, the scholarship committee of a construction management and labor coalition announced this month that it has made its inaugural award to six students who will each receive $3,000 scholarships for undergraduate studies in the sciences, including math and engineering.

The Louis G. Nappi Construction Labor-Management Scholarship Program, named in honor of the Chairman Emeritus of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc., presented the college scholarships at a recent awards luncheon in Elmsford, NY.

Candidates for scholarship must be residents of the seven-county region of the lower Hudson Valley of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, Orange and Rockland counties, and be related to employees of companies that are members of the trade or association. Students can also be eligible for grants if they are relatives of members of CIC-affiliated local unions: Laborers International Union of N. A., Local No. 60; International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 137; International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 456.

Mr. Nappi, who served as CIC's Chairman of the Board from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, retired in 1988 as the principal of N&W Concrete, Inc., a joint venture. Prior to that, he was the owner of Nappi Colonial Concrete Co., Inc., a concrete supplier headquartered in White Plains. Prior to forming that company, Mr. Nappi was an executive for many years with Colonial Sand & Stone, Inc., which was headquartered in Manhattan.

It is Mr. Nappi's goal to advance the studies of engineering, architecture and the applied sciences of mathematics, through scholarship awards.

"By awarding these scholarships, it is our vision - with labor and management joining together--to encourage the brightest young students to consider and pursue careers in construction and engineering," Mr. Nappi said.

Scholarship Winners
Ludwig M. Bach of Marlboro, NY, who attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Mr. Bach, 21, plans to graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Bach was employed during the 2009 summer with Thalle/Transit Construction of Yonkers where he assisted in Estimating. Mr. Bach is the son of Lou H. Bach of Summit Actuarial of Newburgh, NY.

Kristina Maria Benza of Briarcliff Manor, NY, who attends Villanova University of Villanova, PA. Ms. Benza, 20, hopes to graduate with a degree in Comprehensive Science. During this past summer, Ms. Benza was employed at the Arben Group LLC as an assistant to the estimator and chief engineer. Ms. Benza is the daughter of Robert Benza and niece of CIC Board Member Philip Benza, both of Arben Group LLC.

Jessica Bisignano of Harrison, NY, who attends the University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT. Ms. Bisignano, 19, plans to graduate with a degree in Political Science and Pre-Law. Over the past summer, she worked at the Booth Free School in Roxbury, CT, as a supervisor. She is the daughter of Frank Bisignano who is a member of Laborers Local 60.

Anthony Guido of Pelham, NY, who attends Villanova University of Villanova, PA. Mr. Guido, 21, expects to earn his degree in Accounting. He was employed over the past winter as an audit intern in the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. Mr. Guido is the son of Anthony Guido, who is a member of Operating Engineers Local 137.

Lauren K. Martino of Croton on Hudson, NY, who attends Tulane University in New Orleans. Ms. Martino, 22, expects to graduate in May 2010 with a degree in Architecture. Her most recent summer employment was as a digital modeler with the firm Martin Architects, PC AIA, of East Hampton, NY. She is the niece of Jay Martino of Marsani Construction and who also serves on the CIC Board of Directors.

Keith Werner of White Plains, NY, who attends Manhattan College. Mr. Werner, 20, expects to graduate in 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently employed as an estimator by Gianfia Corp., a general contracting firm in White Plains.

For more information about the Louis G. Nappi Construction Industry Labor-Management/Scholarship Program, contact CIC headquarters in Tarrytown at (914) 631-6070, or online at http://www.cicnys.org.

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