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
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.
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.
ATLANTA TEAM WINS 2013 U.S. JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
At Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Junior Achievement USA® (JA) selected teen entrepreneurs who own and operate the company Custom Coasters from Atlanta, Ga., as winners of the 2013 U.S. JA Company of the Year competition. Custom Coasters created made-to-order coasters that its clients could customize with their own photographs or logos. The five winning entrepreneurs will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Achievement Foundation in honor of Jim Sweeny who served JA for more than 32 years, including many years as National Program Director.
In addition to competing for the title of JA Company of the Year, teens also competed for the Best Financial Performance Award presented by NYSE Euronext Foundation and the FedEx Access Award. The gala awards dinner culminated a three-day competition among 15 student companies, comprised of 70 high school students representing 11 JA operations from across the country.
The annual U.S. JA Company of the Year Competition is a contest of business skills, ingenuity and innovation that focuses on the accomplishments of JA Company Program
® students, ages 15-19, during the 2012-2013 academic year. Currently reaching nearly 400,000 young people a year globally, JA Company Program
gives teens the knowledge and opportunity to start and run their own businesses under the mentorship of a local business volunteer.
During the week in Washington, D.C., the teen-run companies participated in a trade fair where they promoted their products and pitched their companies to a panel of judges comprised of business leaders. The companies were evaluated on their financial performance, and on their presentation to the judging panel.
“The U.S. JA Company of the Year Competition is an exciting opportunity for Junior Achievement students to demonstrate the teamwork, leadership and innovative thinking that will help them drive success in the business world,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. “Through this competition, Junior Achievement is empowering these teen entrepreneurs to own their economic success through business ownership.”