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Scholarship nominations open

Nominations are open for the 14th annual Andrew John Zuccari Memorial Scholarship award of $1000 for a graduating senior in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School's Class of 2012.

The scholarship was founded in memory of Andrew Zuccari, a 14-year-old student at Niagara Wheatfield who was killed by a drunken driver in 1995. His parents, Paul and Luanne Zuccari, and the scholarship committee have awarded scholarships of up to $1,000 each year since 1999, the year Andrew would have graduated.

Unlike some scholarships, which are based on academics or financial need, this scholarship focuses on character.

"This is designed for the student who displays the qualities our son exemplified, including kindness, compassion, a willingness to help and a sense of humor used to enrich the lives of others. These kinds of kids can certainly fall into the academically excellent or those with a financial need categories, but that's not part of the criteria," Luanne Zuccari said.

The scholarship is for students who are college-bound or with plans to enter training or educational programs beyond high school. Nomination forms are available in the Niagara Wheatfield High School guidance department or by calling 731-9993. The deadline for nominations is May 1. Since 1999, the scholarship committee has awarded more than $25,000 in scholarship awards.

"This has proven to be a really nice way to honor Andy's memory, and it has given us the opportunity to meet some wonderful, extraordinary young people," Luanne Zuccari said.