In 2013, the Michael G. Santangelo Jr. Fund was established to honor the untimely death of Michael G. Santangelo, Sr.’s son who is an attorney practicing law in New York. In the years since, the nonprofit organization continues to assist students by providing scholarship funds to help deserving individuals to create a positive impact on the recipients’ life.

Currently, The Michael G. Santangelo Jr. Scholarship Fund provides donations to educational institutions and charitable organizations that help students obtain a quality, private high school education. Specifically, the nonprofit provides a four-year scholarship to recipients that are selected by San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, New York and Student Partner Sponsors. 

The minority students awarded scholarships live in very economically disadvantaged areas of New York. The beneficiaries are eighth grade students that are placed in private school settings such as Cardinal Hayes, All Hollows and the Blue Ridge School.

The San Miguel Academy’s mission is to “educate and inspire the youth of the city of Newburgh [New York] so they may break the cycle of poverty and achieve new potential.”

“The Michael Santangelo, Jr. Foundation has provided essential financial tuition support so that our students can access quality high schools outside of the violence of Newburgh. In many ways, the support of the foundation is life-saving,” shared Father Mark Connell, founder of San Miguel Academy.

Located in George, Virginia, The Blue Ridge School is an all-boy boarding school, which offers a structured environment to help students learn with little distractions and provides an opportunity to develop leadership skills and more. The Blue Ridge School has a “focus on helping boys reach their potential through personalized, structured, innovative learning practices in a college-preparatory, all-boarding community.”

“I am about to begin my junior year at Blue Ridge School where I am achieving academically, athletically and socially. None of this would be possible without the support of the Santangelo Foundation,” shared Miguel Benitez, scholarship recipient.

Middleburg, Virginia has played an important role for the Michael G. Santangelo Jr. Scholarship Fund. In 2020, a group of students from Newburgh traveled to Middleburg for a weekend, as Santangelo’s sister and brother-in-law are long-term residents of The Plains. The purpose of the trip was to expose them to new experiences. For many of these children, it was the first opportunity to travel outside the inner city and explore the quality of life that Middleburg offers.

San Miguel Academy’s eighth grade class will visit Marblehead Farm in The Plains and Atoka Chase Farm in Middleburg for a weekend event in July. During the visit, students will enjoy a visit to the Middleburg Training Center and will participate in swimming, fishing, games and a horseback ride.

On July 16, 2021, students will be introduced to the Middleburg community — including Mayor Bridge Littleton — and other Virginia donors at a celebratory picnic that will be sponsored and hosted by Georgia Derrico, Rod Porter and Tim Whitbred.

Since its inception, this nonprofit has donated $305,000 in scholarship funds to students. Specifically, $65,000 was given directly to six students at San Miguel Academy. In all, a total of eight students are obtaining an education with a full scholarship. Additionally, the Fund supported seven students who have have since graduated high school.

The Michael G Santangelo Jr. Scholarship Fund will host its 9th Annual Fundraiser on December 1, 2021. The goal for this year’s event is to continue to raise funds to support additional students with a private high school education. The event will be held at Alex’s Bar & Grill in White Plains, New York. 

“We believe it will be a great venue and those in attendance will be able to hear from the students and see first-hand how much they’ve grown since the last event in 2019,” Michael G. Santangelo Sr., chairman, said in a recent statement.

For more information on The Michael G. Santangelo Jr. Scholarship Fund, please visit Michaeljrfund.org, email mgsesq@msn.com, or call (914) 304-4242.

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