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Opening College Doors for Hempstead Students

2014 Staller Scholars April Kosakowski, Isis Samuels, and Carmen Lemus with Milton Perez (left), a math teacher at Hempstead High School and former Staller Scholarship winner.


Pearl and Erwin Staller wanted to give locally. They started a scholarship fund in 1987 at the Long Island Community Foundation. Building on a family tradition, which includes support for the Staller Center at Stony Brook University, Pearl and Erwin decided to help graduating students from their Alma Mater, Hempstead High School, The criteria: solid academic achievements, a strong desire to get a college degree, and financial need.

Twenty seven years later, the Staller Scholarship Fund has distributed 52 scholarships totaling more than $106,000 to grateful students, many of whom have gone on to graduate studies and successful careers.

Jonathan A. Nino, class of 2010, is in the Aerospace program at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes, “I hope to be able to design airplanes. Your scholarship has helped me move closer to that goal and help eased the burden of tuition.”

Yong Lin ’07, a graduate of Purdue University, is now an engineer at Texas Instruments. He says,  “I offer my sincerest thanks for the Stallers’ generosity. They not only provided me with financial support for college, they also gave me a great life lesson about the importance of giving back.” Describing his own volunteering with children in Jamaica, he adds, “I try to pay it forward every day.”
Yong’s graduation day from Purdue University

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