The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund awarded a $2,000 grant to Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. The higher education grant provided support for a scholarship to a student attending the university and its woman’s soccer team. The Northern NJ Community Foundation (NNJCF) focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts.
Higher Education Supported
From the grant, the NNJCF’s The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund presented its second $1,000 scholarship to the university. Corinne Russo of Ringwood, New Jersey received the award. Russo, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stockton University, is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She plans to be come a physical therapist upon graduation.
“The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses. It will allow me to concentrate more of my time for studying,” said Russo.
The remainder of the grant will also assist the women’s soccer team to compete internationally. Due to COVID-19, all fall sports competitions at the university were canceled. When competition for the team resumes, the coach will reassess the allocation of the grant.
The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Fund
The NNJCF’s Fund honors the spirit of DeAnna Stark Pasciuto by awarding scholarships and grants to provide comfort and joy to others, while serving as a reminder of the power of life. Stark Pasciuto, who passed away on January 15, 2018, grew up in New Jersey in Ledgewood in Roxbury Township and Morris Plains and lived with her husband and children in Wayne.
The Fund remembers her and also contributes to qualified charitable organizations for cancer research, families touched by cancer, and scholarships for student-athletes looking to pursue medical careers to dedicate their lives by helping others. Scholarship recipients are also full-time graduate students in good academic standing holding a minimum, cumulative 3.5 grade point average.
DeAnna Stark Pasciuto also attended Stockton University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. In addition, she worked as a Physical Therapist at Advanced Rehabilitation and Atlantic Healthcare. Sports were an integral part of her activities. A graduate of the Morris Catholic High School class of 1997, she played track and field and soccer. While a student at the university, she was a stellar defender on its women’s soccer team.
For 22 years, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation has served northern New Jersey bringing people and organizations together to address pressing issues and needs in the region. Furthermore, with a comprehensive menu of philanthropic opportunities, the NNJCF provides donors with flexible, efficient, and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving has maximum impact through various types of funds, tax-saving annuities, and trust options.
“Establishing a donor advised fund is like opening a personal account for charitable giving. Donors have flexibility and input into the causes, issues and/or nonprofit organizations they wish to support. These funds give back to the community and honor or memorialize a loved one,” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
Continue DeAnna Stark Pasciuto’s Legacy
The public can also continue DeAnna Stark Pasciuto’s legacy with a donation in her memory. Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online. Send a donation by check made out to ‘The Northern N.J. Community Foundation’. Also, enter ‘The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund’ in the memo line. Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.