One of the survivors of the Columbine High School massacre will receive a four-year college scholarship and be an honored guest at this year's Columbus Day parade, parade officials said Friday.
Richard Castaldo, a 17-year-old senior who was left paralyzed from the chest down in the April 20 attack, will travel to New York with his parents and stepparents Oct. 7 through Oct. 12, said Bernadette Arena, marketing director for The Columbus Citizens Foundation, which sponsors the parade.
Castaldo, who suffered spinal cord and arm injuries and is confined to a wheelchair, will be the guest of honor at the group's Oct. 9 dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. He will receive the scholarship, for an unspecified amount, and a medal at the dinner.
In addition, Castaldo will be offered a place next to grand marshal Piero Ferrari -- son of Ferrari car scion Enzo Ferrari -- in the Oct. 11 Fifth Avenue parade.