Shown at the annual Father Killeen Scholarship Fund Scholarships awards are: Kevin Hadlock (honoree), Anthony Coscia (recipient of the Kevin Hadlock Scholarship), Cynthia Celone, Thomas D’Orso, Alec Melotto (recipient of the Brian T. D’Orso Memorial Scholarship), Susan D’Orso, Amelia Justo, Michael Muttitt (Grand Knight of Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus).
The Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus (#12523) recently awarded its sixteenth annual scholarships, totaling $2,500, to four young members of Holy Infant parish in Orange.
The Knights administer the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund, which funds each of the scholarships. The scholarship recipients were: Cynthia Celone, Anthony Coscia Amelia Justo,and Alec Melotto. Each of the scholarship applicants were judged on four criteria: community service, academic achievement in high school, character, and a personal essay.
Alec Melotto, the son of Albert and Jody Melotto of Orange, was awarded the thirteenth annual Brian T. D’Orso Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of a Holy Infant parishioner and Amity High School student who demonstrated a particular interest and devotion to community service before he perished in a tragic accident in November 2002. Alec graduated from Amity Regional Senior High School in June, and will be attending Fairfield University, where he plans to major in business. Thomas & Susan D’Orso, parents of Brian D’Orso, presented Alec with the scholarship. This year’s Brian T. D’Orso Memorial Scholarship was in the amount of $750.
Anthony Coscia, son of Tony and Beth Coscia of Orange, received the Kevin Hadlock Scholarship. This is the eleventh annual scholarship awarded in honor of a different member of the Holy Infant parish community, whose contribution to the parish and the community is honored each year on a rotating basis. Anthony graduated from Amity Regional Senior High School in June, and he will be attending Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. in August, where he will major in Actuarial Science. The Kevin Hadlock Scholarship was in the amount of $750, and was presented to Anthony by Mr. Hadlock.
Amelia Justo is the daughter of Robert and Kara Justo of Orange. She received a $500 scholarship from the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund. Amelia graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy (Lauralton Hall) in May, and has committed to attend Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She has selected a major in business, with a concentration in marketing/accounting.
Cynthia Celone, the daughter of Jim Celone of West Haven and Mary Celone of Orange, also received a $500 scholarship from the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund. Cynthia graduated from Amity Regional Senior High School in June. She is enrolling at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT, which is affiliated with the University of New Haven. Her choice of major is undecided at this time.
The annual honoree scholarship is named to honor a member of Holy Infant parish who has contributed their time, talent and/or treasure significantly to their parish and community. For 2015, Kevin Hadlock was selected as the honoree. Mr. Hadlock has been a member of Holy Infant parish for 34 years; in that time, he has served his parish in several capacities. He has been a Eucharistic Minister for more than 25 years, has been an active member of the Parish Social Ministry program, has served on the Parish Council and is currently serving on the Parish Finance Council. In addition, as a charter member of the Holy Infant Knights of Columbus, he has been an officer of the club since its founding, and is a Past Grand Knight.
During his year as a Grand Knight, the council received “Star Council” status, awarded to less than 2% of K of C councils worldwide each year. Previous honorees for whom the scholarship has been named have included Deacons John Hoffman, Joseph Sullivan, late Deacons Americo Bichi and Bernie Hayden, Mrs. Peggy Brinsmade, longtime religious education teacher and retired Director of Religious Education at Holy Infant, retired Judge of Probate and thirty-year member of the Holy Infant Finance Council Charles Flynn, Diane Raikis, long-time music director of the Holy Infant Folk Ensemble, CCD teacher and former Parish Council President, the late Mary DeVito, who served her parish in a wide variety of ways for over 40 years, Joseph P. Coss, who has served his parish extensively for many years, Heather Allen, a tireless supporter and leader of the Youth Ministry program at Holy Infant, and John LaViola, three-time Grand Knight and participant in a broad array of parish activities over the past half century.
The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus Council #12523 established the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund in 1999, in honor of the late Reverend Bernard Killeen, the co-pastor of Holy Infant parish from 1982-1999, who passed away in 2010. The scholarships funded by the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund are awarded on a competitive basis to any eligible young person who is a parishioner of Holy Infant Church, and who has distinguished him/herself academically, with high moral character and a strong record of community service. To date, over $37,000 in scholarships has been awarded by the Fund.