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The 2015 Application Form for the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship is available for download on the Apply page. All aspects of the application require postmark no later than April 15, 2015, and applications will not be reviewed until all required material has been received. The Charity will award a total of $1,500 in grants this year.

The Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship is proud to announce our 2014 grant recipients:
Hyeon Ju Song of Atlantic Highlands, NJ $700
Nicolette Brannan of San Diego, CA $500
Fatima Naveed of Tempe, AZ $400
GraceAnne Casto of Andover, MA $100
Erin Anne Dixson of Manasquan, NJ $100
Sarah LaMaccia of Andover, MA $100
John Ernandez, Jr of Calfont, PA $100
Jaydeep Sambangi of Andover, MA Honorable Mention
Timothy McAuliffe of Ayncote, PA Honorable Mention
Ryan Heard of Fair Haven, NJ Honorable Mention

Congratulations to our 2013 winners:
Meghan Drastal of Rumson, NJ $500
Ishara Lareef of Philadelphia, PA $400
Caroline Manteiga of North Andover, MA $400
Veronica Pidduck of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ $100
Caitlin Gee of Manalapan, NJ $100
Sarita Ballakur of Andover, MA Honorable Mention

Congratulations to our 2012 winners:
Kaitlyn Whyte of North Andover, MA $1,000
Gregory Damian Brusko of Bethlehem, PA $1,000
Noelani Garcia of Philadelphia, PA $500
Ralph DiPietro of Philadelphia, PA $100
Michaela Olson of Andover, MA $100
Daniel Buhalo of Philadelphia, PA $100
Philip Scarfi II of Deer Park, NY $100
Marissa Nelson of Brick, NJ $100

Kaitlyn Whyte receiving her Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship from Executive Director Peter Guza

Recipient of a $1000 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship, Kaitlyn Whyte graduated from North Andover High School in June 2012 and will be starting her freshman year at Johns Hopkins this fall studying biomedical engineering, largely driven by her personal fight against juvenile diabetes. Kaitlyn thrived academically taking seven advanced placement classes in high school (nearly all A's to boot) and managed an outstanding workload outside as well: acting as President of Student Government and Bourbon Red (the NAHS literary magazine), volunteering with Science Club for Girls, paticipating in the highly selective Explore Engineering program at UConn, and winner of the Yale Book Award just to name some of her accomplishments.

Damian Brusko of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Gregory Damian Brusko was awarded a $1000 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship in recognition of not only his 4.64 GPA and Calculus I credit from Lehigh University, but also his 200+ hours of volunteer work at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and role as varsity scholar athlete on the LHS football team. Damian will be taking on a new endeavor in life this fall as he enters the University of Miami, Florida as a Dean Scholar to study neuroscience because, "This field encompasses everything that [he is] passionate about: challenging [himself], helping others, and most importantly, striving to understand the complexities associated with the brain to help those who, like [his] grandfathers, suffer from neurological diseases."

The Phil Guza Memorial Charitable Trust was established on March 30, 2010 in honor of Philip T. Guza, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. This public non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt trust is comprised of the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship, which makes annual disbursements to deserving students moving on to college. In 2010 one $1,000 grant was awarded; in 2011 two grants comprised of $1,000 and $500; in 2012 $3,000 in grants are being offered to graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree in math (Phil’s major) or science. Preference will be given to students graduating from Phil’s alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School, located in the city of Philadelphia. As the Trust grows, the grant sum will continue to increase and may offer additional college scholarships.

Many thanks to all of our supporters who contributed to our 10 Year Anniversary fundraising campaign - we received over $18,000 in donations, shattering our $10,000 goal! These generous donations have combined to reinforce the foundation of this scholarship and help to ensure that a significant offering can be made for years to come, which we hope will continue to rise. Thank you again!

Ten Year Anniversary Media Coverage:
The Guza Family was featured in the cover story of the Boston Globe newspaper on Sunday September 4, 2011, "Four Families, Four Stories of Loss, Love, and Resilience." An online version of the article can be found here:
Photos from the above Boston Globe feature can be found here:

The Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship was featured on the North Andover Patch website on September 6, 2011, "9/11 Victim's Son Launches Scholarship," which can be found here:

Peter Guza was interviewed for the following article on The Stir website, posted on September 7, 2011, "Losing My Dad on 9/11 Made Me the Dad I Am Today," located here:

Peter Guza published a short article through the Yahoo! Contributor Network, "Honoring a Proud Father and Mathematician: The Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship," which can be found here:

A vignette on Phil Guza was released via The Asbury Park Press on September 7, 2011, "9/11 Changed Forever: Philip T Guza," which can be found here:

For our 10 Year Anniversary fundraising campaign, this beautiful custom made quilt, designed and sewn by Marcia Guza was given away - Congratulations to Jean Lane of Bedminster, NJ!

Tori Bahe and Matthew Kurtas were the 2011 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship grant recipients. In 2011 we received 5 times as many applications as 2010, littered with well qualified students, and elected to expand the offering to include two scholarships. Thank you to all those who took the time to apply.

Tori Bahe of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix

Tori Bahe of Gilbert, Arizona was granted a $1,000 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship. She is a graduate of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix and will begin her higher education at Stanford this fall studying Environmental Engineering. From a large family of fifty, Tori strives "to be the person who stands out and influences [her] family to not give up and to pursue a good education." Her passion for environmental studies was exemplified by passing the Advanced Placement Environmental Science exam without a class available to prepare her. Furthermore, Tori is a cross country runner, clarinet player for the Concert & Wind Ensemble Band, Language Honor Society member, and volunteer with the Intel Native American Network which promotes math and science skills to elementary students. We wish Tori the best of luck and we'll keep an eye out for for her on the track - Go Cardinals!

Matthew Kurtas with RFH High School Principal Tracy Handerhan

Matthew Kurtas, co-valedictorian of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, New Jersey, received a $500 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship award due to his outstanding achievements both in and out of the classroom. Matt starts his journey to a career in neurological surgery and medicine at Cornell this fall after a life change his senior year as a stroke and cerebral AVM survivor, which required brain surgery in November followed by a long and arduous recovery that still continues eight months later. In addition to being a varsity wrestler, marksman, and track athlete, Matt has extensive experience in theatre and volunteer work. Without a doubt, we'll hear more about Matthew as he works to publish his autobiography and continues to leave his mark everywhere he goes.

2010 Recipient:

Mary Katherine Velcamp of Rumson, New Jersey was the 2010 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship $1,000 grant recipient. Kate proved to be an exceptional student and she began her freshman year at Loyola University in Maryland in fall 2010, where she's pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a focus in pre-med. Down the road Kate aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Milestones to date:
  • June 1, 2013: $1,500 in grants disbursed to five students
  • June 1, 2012: $3,000 in scholarships awarded between three primary winners and five finalists
  • December 31, 2011: Over $18,000 raised from 10 Year Anniversary Fundraising Campaign
  • June 30, 2011: Second and third scholarship awarded (for $1,000 and $500)
  • December 31, 2010: Closing of first fiscal year; over $9,000 raised by donations
  • October 5, 2010: Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status approved by IRS
  • September 25, 2010: First annual fundraising event held, Bowling for Mathematics
  • August 22, 2010: First scholarship awarded (for $1,000)
  • July 4, 2010: $735 raised from Red Sox ticket promotion
  • April 16, 2010: Website goes public
  • April 15, 2010: Form 1023 submitted to the IRS for tax-exempt status
  • April 3, 2010: Bank account opened with $911.01 donation
  • April 1, 2010: EIN (tax ID) number receieved
  • March 30, 2010: Trust doument signed


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