The Joseph Francomano Scholarship
This scholarship is named after Joseph J. Francomano, who served Junior Achievement for more than fifty years, including 44 years as Executive Vice President. During his tenure, Mr. Francomano was instrumental in ensuring the transition of Junior Achievement from after-school programs to in-school programs. The scholarship awarded in his name provides $5,000 annually for up to four academic years.
One of our scholarship recipients, Brendan Belz, recently wrote:
“As a senior in one of the worst job markets ever, I am pleased to have secured a job for after graduation. I will be joining Cummins Inc., the company I interned with my junior year in India as well as this past summer. I will be entering a two-year financial development program (FDP) where I will complete four 6-month rotations in various Cummins businesses and locations around the world. I am excited for this opportunity and hope to receive a long-term expatriate assignment after completing the FDP program. Again, I thank you for the scholarship and greatly appreciate the impact the Achievement Foundation has had on my education thus far.”
Another scholarship recipient, Zack Terzic, notes:
“As a recipient of the Joe Francomano Scholarship, I would like to once again express how grateful I am for your financial support which has allowed me to attend the University of Denver. Along with meeting new friends I have learned several things in relationship to business and engineering. Throughout my first year I have also learned how the “college system” works. My work study job has been a blessing as well! I worked 19 hours a week during the school year at The Women’s College located on campus. At my job, I worked in a computer lab and provided technical assistance to both students and staff,…as well as being in charge of setting out a fresh pot of coffee when needed! The Joe Francomano Scholarship has helped allow all this to happen and I want to thank you very much for the support!”
To download an applications for this scholarships administered by Junior Achievement, click here
Information about portraits of Joseph Francomano. Click here.
Hugh B. Sweeny, Jr. Student Achievement Award
This award is named after Hugh B. “Jim” Sweeny, Jr. who served Junior Achievement for more than 32 years, including many years as National Program Director. During his tenure, Mr. Sweeny managed and expanded the National Junior Achievers Conference from 60 participants in 1948 to more than 3,000 delegates in 1977.
In 2010 the Sweeny Award was presented to the winners of the North American JA Company of the Year Competition. Each of the five members of the winning team won a US$1,000 award payable to their college for educational costs. Click here
for information about the North American Company of the Year program.
2013 Scholarships Announced
The Achievement Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 scholarships: Josuel M. Plasencia of Queens, New York, was awarded the Joseph Francomano scholarship. Josuel is graduating from the Academy of Finance and Enterprise high school in Long Island City, New York and was selected as the Junior Achievement Student of the Year for 2012-2013 by Junior Achievement of New York. The Francomano Scholarship is named after Joseph Francomano who served Junior Achievement for more than fifty years, including 44 years as Executive Vice President. During his tenure, Mr. Francomano was instrumental in ensuring the transition of Junior Achievement from after-school programs to in-school programs.
Two other students were also awarded scholarships. Terry Lin of The Woodlands, Texas, will receive a scholarship from the Achievement Foundation. Terry is graduating from The Woodlands High School and was president of High Five Enterprises, an after school company sponsored by Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. Wilhelm Thurston of Saint Louis, Missouri, was also awarded a scholarship. Thurston is graduating from Christian Brothers College High School in Saint Louis. Wilhelm was president of his Junior Achievement after-school company sponsored by Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Chesterfield, Missouri.