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Scholarship Info

The Mark Andrew Tartaglio Memorial Charitable Trust has been established in his memory and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The purpose of the Trust is to raise funds for the Mark Andrew Tartaglio Scholarship Fund. The Fund will be used to offer academic scholarships and assistance to youth hockey players with financial need. Your support is helping young adults on the journey of pursuing their dreams.

The Mark Andrew Scholarship Fund has awarded over $32,250 in scholarships over the past 6 years to qualified students. It is with heartfelt gratitude to you, our wonderful supporters, we were able to make this happen and continue to offer awards during these unprecedented times.

Receipients

2023 - Nataliya Syed

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Hi, my name is Nataliya Syed and I am a freshman at the University of Houston! I am pursuing a degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting. I graduated from Austin High School in 2023 with honors and distinct awards. During my free time, I enjoy baking, traveling with family and continuing my leadership work in Nonprofits. I’ve experienced many health problems including several autoimmune disorders that have complicated my career and educational path but have brought me closer to the more technical and analytical aspect of things. My medical case was so rare and mysterious to doctors, that it has been presented at conferences inspiring research papers. I aspire to make an impact in this society and accomplish more in my career in the field of Finance specializing in Business Analytics.

What this scholarship means to me:

This scholarship is playing a vital role in my education and future career. I am able to pursue various opportunities such as internships in the summer without constantly worrying about getting my tuition and other expenses paid. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue making a difference in my community and beyond with this foundation.

2023 - Glen Martin

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Hello, I am Glen Martin and I graduated in 2023 from Stephan F. Austin High School. I represented Austin on the varsity swim team for 3 years. I am also an avid runner and have completed 4 half marathons and enjoy volunteering as race official for the USA Fit Marathon held annually in Sugar Land. Vintage cars are also a passion of mine and I enjoy working on them with my friends. I am committed to becoming a Firefighter/EMT. For the past 18 months I have been a probationary volunteer fire fighter with Pecan Grove VFD. I am also a member of the City of Sugar Land’s Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association (Class of 2022). I am currently in the EMT program through Wharton County Junior College.

What this scholarship means to me:

This scholarship opportunity spoke to my heart about my personal pledge in 5th grade not to drink and drive after losing a Jessie (forever 24), close family friend that year.  I am honored to be selected as a recipient so that I can follow my servant's heart in pursuing a career as a first responder. The funds from this scholarship will assist me in obtaining an associate's degree in EMT, enabling me to keep Jessie’s and Mark's memory alive and help others impacted by the negative effects of drinking.

2022 - Ethan McNew

Hello, my name is Ethan McNew. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School and am currently pursuing a degree in cybersecurity at the University of Houston. My father was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, and is currently going through medicine treatment. He has always shown the family various news stories to keep us aware of what is going on in the world, and made us aware that there have been many attacks on the computer security of organizations, such as the oil industry and hospital patient data. Compounded with my want to help others, this awareness has driven me to pursue the field of cybersecurity. With this degree, I want to be able to help people in a unique way, and prevent the manipulation of computer data for malicious purposes to maintain the privacy and security of the owners of data.

What this scholarship means to me:

Financial aid like the Mark Andrew Tartaglio Scholarship means a lot to me. It permits me to continue my studies at the university and worry less about the strains of student loans. My degree major’s textbooks, library services, and other important services are covered for by this financial aid. It is thanks to this scholarship that I can carry on my studies and be one step closer to the goal of helping people in a unique way.

2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 - Christopher White

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Hello, My name is Christopher White and I graduated from Stephen F Austin in 2018 with a 3.69 unweighted GPA. I am currently a Senior Honors Biology Major and I attend Howard University in Washington DC. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I will be pursuing a career in medicine. Aside from my professional aspirations, I have become increasingly involved in disability advocacy work. I believe that it is important for people with disabilities to have health care professionals that are willing to take innovative approaches to promote self-sufficiency. Much of my inspiration to work in this field comes from my personal experiences navigating the world with a disability for the past 8 years. As a physician I hope to use my personal experience and investigative skills to implement therapeutic practices that enhances the continuity of care and quality outcomes in physical rehabilitation.

What this scholarship means to me:

This scholarship serves such a high purpose and I thank you all for the support you have provided me. Through my undergraduate studies I have uncovered the depth of the disparities in access to quality education for people with disabilities like my own. This scholarship has helped me secure the resources necessary to excel in my undergraduate studies and identify the area of work that suits me best. 

2020 & 2021 – Justin Stout

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Hi I’m Justin and I am a biology major at Texas A&M. I am a leukemia survivor and liver transplant recipient. My illness inspired me to go into medicine, so I hope to one day become a pharmacist to help those like myself.

What this scholarship means to me:

Financial aid, such as the Mark Andrew Tartaglio Scholarship to attend Texas A&M, means so much to me. I am able to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals without the weight of student loans on my shoulders. This scholarship has opened up numerous opportunities for me. One such example would be laptop I was able to purchase my freshman year. Words can’t begin to describe how grateful I am as a recipient of the Mark Andrew Tartaglio scholarship, as it has allowed me the freedom to fully pursue my studies.

2019 - Celine Huynh 

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Hello! My name is Celine Huynh and I will be attending Texas A&M University this upcoming fall as a freshman. I will be majoring in Biomedical Sciences with the hopes of working in the healthcare field. During my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, volunteering, and going for a run with my dog or to the gym. I aspire to push forth medical innovations and advancements to improve the lives of many and for the betterment of our collective society.
 
What this scholarship means to me:
Receiving financial assistance, such as the Mark Andrew Tartaglio Scholarship to attend Texas A&M University, means the world to me. I am able to pursue a career in healthcare without the weight of student loans on my shoulders, and most importantly strive for my dream: to work as a physician and travel the world to help those in third world countries. This scholarship has opened up numerous opportunities for me and a door filled with endless possibilities. Words can’t begin to describe how grateful I am as a recipient of the Mark Andrew Tartaglio scholarship.

2018 - Robert Wilson

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My name is Robert Wilson, I am from Sugar Land, Texas and I attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I am a part of the tennis team and study physics. I am a former student at Stephen F. Austin High School where I graduated Cum Laude in my class, finished with a 4.0 GPA with distinct academic honors, and also was a 4 year varsity tennis players with Regional and State athletic honors.

 

What this Scholarship means to me:

First off, winning this scholarship was such a great honor, I know that Mark Andrew was a really special person. I had the privilege of watching him play hockey a few times and the way he would command the ice and defend his teammates was extremely admirable. This scholarship means so much to me because I feel like I am a part of this foundation and the values it stands for. Winning this also has helped me give back to my parents for all their support and efforts throughout these past 18 years and though I will never be able to repay them for all of their support, its a blessing to help them in what little ways I can.

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