Joseph S. Sperrazza Endowed Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students working toward a degree in elementary or secondary education. Candidates may be full time (at least 12 credit hours) or part time (at least 6 credit hours), must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and must demonstrate a strong commitment to community or public service (e.g., AmeriCorps, Peace Corp) or volunteering at a human service agency (e.g., City Mission, Cornerstone Manor, Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters). Financial need may be considered. Preference is given to candidates from Western New York. Previous recipients may receive the scholarship more than once but must reapply annually and be considered the best candidate. Fall and spring disbursements.

A native of North Buffalo, Joseph Salvatore Sperrazza was a dedicated educator who spend much of this career not only teaching students, but also mentoring teachers so they would succeed both professionally and personally. Inspired by Robert F. Kennedy, Mr. Sperrazza volunteered for the Peace Corps after completing his undergraduate degree and spent two life changing years in the Philippines educating and assisting teachers in Filipino schools.
When he returned to Buffalo in 1969, he enrolled at Buffalo State College to continue his own education, completing his Master’s degree in Secondary Education: English in 1974 and receiving a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Administration and Supervision in 1987. A consummate professional, he taught at Bennett High School, Southside Junior High and the Futures Academy, was an assistant principal at School No. 38 and at the Academy Challenge School, and worked in the Buffalo Board of Education before his untimely death in 2003.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sperrazza focused on helping teachers help children. He believed strongly in the power of service and worked tirelessly to ensure that people came first.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please indicate your current college status.
  2. Service Requirement: Please explain your strong committment to community service and/or public service and your involvement with organizations such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or volunterring at a human service agency (City Mission, Cornerstone Manor, Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc.
  3. Personal Statement: Please write an original statement of qualification that details life changing experiences in community service, how this experience affected your life, and how it will make you a better teacher.
  4. Do you reside in Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, or Ontario County)?
  5. Letters of recommendation, optional but will be taken into consideration.