The Funiciello Scholarship Award
The Funiciello Scholarship Award was created by the Newmeadow Inc. Board of Directors in 2012. The scholarship was named in honor of the school founders, Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Donna Funiciello. Dr. and Mrs. Funiciello are both former educators and also served as the school’s first executive director and program director, respectively.
The Funiciello Scholarship Award is presented annually to a former Newmeadow student who is a graduating high school senior accepted to a two or four year college or university. Other eligibility requirements are described in the scholarship application.
Newmeadow’s 2012 inaugural award of the $2500 Funiciello Scholarship was presented to Matthew Lovely as a freshman at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Matthew was also awarded the Funiciello Scholarship in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and will be graduating from Siena in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Garrett Evans was a co-recipient of the Funiciello Scholarship in both 2013 and 2014. He attended SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, New York majoring in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Andrew F. McKenzie, Executive Director of Newmeadow, says that at the core of Newmeadow’s services is the Bridges Applied Behavior Analysis program, directed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. “This intensive program is truly one-of-a-kind,” says McKenzie. “The program removes social and emotional barriers to educational success. Each of our 12 classrooms is directed by a Master’s level certified teacher, working with a team of related service providers and trained teaching assistants. The team creates a comprehensive and focused plan for a child’s preschool experience leading to successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. The foundation Matthew received at Newmeadow carried through to the success he has achieved in later life,” says McKenzie. “The award of the Funiciello Scholarship is a testament to Newmeadow’s time-tested approach to working with children with autism and other special needs,” adds McKenzie.