2012 Scholarships Awarded
Eleven graduating seniors from high schools across New York were awarded a total of $38,000 in 2012 scholarships by the New York Schools Insurance Foundation.

The annual Cristin Ann Bambino and Paul Jensen Memorial Scholarships are given to students who graduated from high schools in districts belonging to the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), and are funded by business organizations from around the state.

The Bambino Scholarship, in memory of the daughter of NYSIR Risk Management Director Robert Bambino, is awarded to special education students for their outstanding efforts in working through special challenges to complete high school and be accepted at a college or university. The Jensen Scholarship, in memory of Paul Jensen, a NYSIR marketing representative known for his craftsmanship, is presented to college-bound students who have demonstrated inspired imaginations and creative aesthetics during their high school careers.


The 2012 Bambino Scholarship recipients and their awards were:

  • Jasmine Arama, Lawrence High School, $3,000
  • Matthew Belitz, Ossining High School, $3,000
  • Samantha Eberl, Tonawanda High School, $4,000
  • Matthew Lemmon, Hornell High School, $5,000
  • Kayla Martinez, Valley Central High School, $3,000
  • Holly Petersen, Plattsburgh High School, $3,000
  • Nichole Remington, Wallkill High School, $3,000
  • Daniel Seaman, Longwood High School, $3,000
  • Chantiya Wooten, Rush Henrietta High School, $3,000.

The nine winners were selected from 180 applicants.



The two recipients of the 2012 Jensen Award, selected from 50 applicants, were:

  • Neil Miller, Northeastern Clinton Central School District High School, $5,000
  • Jesse Starkey, Suffern High School, $3,000

Organizations sponsoring the scholarships include: Adirondack Community Trust-Port Jackson Fund; Ahmuty Demers & McManus; Belfor Property Restoration; Daniel J. Hannon & Associates, Inc.; Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP; Eastern Shore Associates; Fort Orange Claims Service, Inc.; Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea; Holborn Corporation; Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.; Lemire Johnson, LLC; License Monitor Inc.; Mang Insurance Agency, LLC; the Law Firm of Frank W. Miller; the Mills Law Firm, LLP; Morrison Engineering, PC; Munich America Reinsurance Company; O’Connor, McGuinness, Conte, Doyle, Oleson, Watson & Loftus, LLP; P.F.M.; Rutherford & Christie, LLP; Sokoloff Stern, LLP; Tarshis, Catania, Liberth, Mahoh & Milligram, PLLC; Towne, Ryan & Partners, PC; Webster Szanyi, LLP; Westfair Restoration Services, Inc.; and Wright Risk Management Company, LLC.

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