Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO Annual Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners Announced

Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO recently announced the winners of its two annual scholarship competitions. 

Seniors Ashley DeFrancesco (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School) and Michael Minniti (Union Catholic High School) received the SP-F UNICO Brian Piccolo Scholarship – named after former NFL player Brian Piccolo, who in 1970 died of cancer at the age of 26 – in the amount of $500. In addition, four SP-F UNICO Memorial Scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School seniors Marlaina Martucci, Vincent Augello, Gianna Riefler, and Benjamin Root. 


UNICO is the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. The organization’s objectives are to promote the image of Italian Americans, to serve the community, and to contribute to charitable, cultural and educational organizations and projects. 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO was chartered in 1973. Our chapter has raised and donated thousands of dollars annually to support scholarship programs, organizations and individuals in the New Jersey area. Since 1974, we have co-sponsored the St. Barts/UNICO Italian Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors over Labor Day weekend.

UNICO takes great pride in its rich history, cultural heritage, and dedicated membership. Our local chapter also has been recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” and has earned it place in our community for service to others and charitable contributions since its inception.

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