Genuardi's Honors Students with Scholarships

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

by Rachel Mattos '10

The Genuardi Family Foundation has awarded three Saint Joseph’s University sophomores academic scholarships. The awards, in honor of the Genuardi brothers, were given to students in the food marketing program and range from $10,000 to $20,000. The scholarships will go towards the students’ remaining years at SJU.

Philip McElroy, a graduate of Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J., and Ryan Smiley, a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School in Kunkletown, Pa. were both recognized with $20,000 scholarships. Amy Balaguer, a graduate of Bel Air High School in Abington, Md., received the $10,000 award.

The Genuardi Family Foundation makes it a point to invest in and improve the communities that were essential to the success of the Genuardi Family Markets when the family owned and operated this regional business.

Recipients of the award embody this dedication to community, which the Foundation stresses. In addition to campus activities, McElroy volunteers with Philadelphia Commission to End Homelessness, Smiley spends a large amount of his time volunteering as a fundraiser for Easter Seals and Balaguer participates in both Hand in Hand and Hawks Against Hunger.

All three wish to pursue possible careers in the food industry, particularly in product development and marketing. Receiving these scholarship awards will help them finish their college careers and move closer to those goals.

Balaguer expressed her gratitude for the acknowledgement by the Genuardi family.

“I feel honored to be chosen amongst many of my peers at St Joe's for the Genuardi Scholarship,” Balaguer said. “I am proud to be recognized for all my hard work alongside the Genuardi’s name and reputation and plan to use the scholarship to help defray some of my tuition expenses in my final two years at Saint Joseph's University.”

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