graduating senior Matthew Belitz has been awarded a $3,000 Cristin Ann Bambino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, awarded to a college-bound special education student from a New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal-member school district, is given to reward the recipient for his or her effort in working through special challenges to complete high school and obtain acceptance to a college or university.
Mr. Belitz, who has struggled with learning challenges since childhood that have had an impact on all areas of his life, has worked with determination to overcome his challenges and excel both in the classroom and on the baseball field.
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“Having a learning disability has forced me to understand what makes me unique so that I can figure out ways to reach my goals,” Mr. Belitz said. “I love volunteering with young baseball players. Many of them ask me about getting recruited for college. I tell every one of them that it takes effort in school and on the field. It takes determination, perseverance and focus. Most of all, it takes believing in yourself and not letting anyone tell you what your limits are. It is a message I share with all the kids I know. “Believing in yourself is important for any challenge you face.”
Mr. Belitz plans on attending Marist College after graduation and looks forward to playing baseball for the college and finding an academic path that sparks his passion.
In announcing the award, NYSIR’s Director of Risk Management, Robert Bambino, father of the late Cristin Ann Bambino, said the scholarship selection committee was very impressed with Mr. Belitz’s determination and drive to overcome his learning disabilities and succeed.
Since its licensure by the New York State Insurance Department in 1989, NYSIR has become the largest writer of property and casualty insurance coverage for New York public schools across the state. The Cristin Ann Bambino Scholarship has been awarded since 2007 with nine scholarships awarded this year to students who have worked hard to meet the challenges of learning disabilities.
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