CANTON -- The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal has awarded Vincent Dominy, a Canton Central School senior, a $3,000 Cristin Ann Bambino Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship, awarded to a college-bound special education student from a NYSIR-member school district, is given to reward the recipient for his or her effort in working through special challenges to complete high school and obtain acceptance to a college or university.
Dominy, who has struggled with a learning disability that impairs his written expression and reading comprehension, credits a 10th grade teacher for inspiring him to compensate for this disability and set goals for himself. In addition to working through his own learning difficulties, Dominy has worked hard in support of two of his siblings who have rare medical disorders.
Observing their struggles, Dominy became determined to continue his education in pharmacy studies with the goal of being part of a cure for all people suffering from these disorders.
He will attend St. John Fisher University and SUNY Potsdam with a major in biology this fall, and plans to continue in the schools’ pharmacy program after earning his Bachelors Degree.
While at Canton, Dominy has played football, lacrosse, baseball and basketball and has served as a Special Olympics volunteer and basketball coach. He has tutored other students, and been a member of the Science Olympiad team, and is also volunteering with the Make-A-Wish foundation in support of his sister’s granted wish from that organization.
On working hard to overcome his learning disabilities, Dominy said “I have chosen to take courses that would challenge me. I have joined academic clubs and volunteered so that others can see that even though I have a learning disability, I am capable of obtaining all of my dreams and aspirations. All of these events and experiences have shaped the way I act and feel around people. Hopefully, my college experience will build upon the person I have become because I firmly believe that everyone can build upon his or her character to make him- or herself become a better, more caring and well-rounded individual.”
In announcing the award, NYSIR’s Director of Risk Management, Robert Bambino, father of the late Cristin Ann Bambino, said the scholarship selection committee was very impressed with Dominy’s determination and drive to overcome his learning disabilities and succeed.
He also commended Dominy’s accomplishments and continued volunteerism in support of others struggling with learning difficulties.
Since its licensure by the New York State Insurance Department in 1989, NYSIR has become the largest writer of property and casualty insurance coverage for New York public schools across the state. One Cristin Ann Bambino Scholarship has been awarded since 2007.
This year, NYSIR expanded its scholarship program to grant six Cristin Ann Bambino awards to students who have worked hard to meet the challenges of learning disabilities.