Senator Joe Robach and his office are very proud to announce that one of his nominees from Monroe County won the Italian-American State Legislators Conference academic scholarship.

Every year, the Italian-American State Legislators Conference award four $1500 scholarships to current or future college students from New York State.  Eligibility is based upon the student’s grade point average, interest in pursuing a higher education, involvement in the local community as well as financial need.  Senator Joe Robach and his office publicized this scholarship working with the local Sons of Italy. 

“I was very proud Danielle O’Connor, my nominee, was selected for the Italian-American State Legislators Conference’s academic scholarship.  This award was made for people like Danielle.  She is an incredibly intelligent young woman who has been deeply involved in community service” said Joe Robach.   

Danielle, a future student at Cornell University, stands upon an impressive record of achievement.  In 2011, she was recognized by the Italian-American Community Center as their 2011 Young Woman of the year.    She also received the Star Student Award from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as well as a Certificate of Recognition from the Monroe County Legislature.  Most impressive is her work to help survivors of the April 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy.  Danielle formed a not-for-profit jewelry business to raise funds for the earthquake survivors – Beads Per Bambini.  In addition, Danielle has rich Italian ancestry.  Her grandmother is local artist, Mary Jean Daniele Gasbarre.  

The Conference is a bipartisan organization of New York State Assembly and Senate members who are actively involved in promoting and celebrating the state’s Italian-American community.  The Conference mission is to work hard to elevate and highlight Italian-American contributions to the State of New York and beyond, in all aspects of society, including literature, the arts, architecture and politics. The conference also tries to dispel negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans. 

Danielle was presented with the scholarship on Monday, June 4, at the 20th Annual Conference of Italian-American Legislators.  The Conference took place in the Legislative Office Building which is located across the street from the State Capitol Building in Albany.  For more information about this scholarship, contact the office of Joe Robach.