Press Release Article


Date: Jul 21, 2004
Press Release Number: 91-2004

Cardinal Spellman High School Student Antonio Pellegrino has been awarded the Rino M. “Ray” Monti Scholarship – named after a Port Authority Chief Engineer who died in February 2001. Mr. Pellegrino will receive $1,000 each year for four years to help cover college tuition costs.

Mr. Pellegrino was one of 42 applicants selected to participate in the yearlong mentorship program sponsored by the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Mentorship Program of America known as ACE. The Rino M. “Ray” Monti Scholarship is one of $75,000 in scholarships awarded annually by the New York City chapter of this nonprofit organization created in 1991 to explore ways of attracting high school students to professions in the design and construction industry.

Selected students team up with volunteer professionals from the engineering, architectural and construction industries who serve as mentors. The students are given assignments to complete and are required to meet weekly with mentors for guidance. Those who successfully complete the mentorship program receive college scholarships.

The Port Authority Engineering Department currently provides six mentors to the program. Program participants often visit these mentors at their New York and New Jersey offices and worksites as part of their yearlong design projects. These visits help to expose students to professional work environments and give them access to computers and other resources for their projects.

Port Authority Chief Engineer Frank Lombardi said, “We are proud to be part of the ACE program to award scholarships to deserving youngsters such as Antonio. The hard work and dedication he demonstrated during the mentorship program and selection process indicate that he has what it takes to be successful in these very competitive fields.”

Mr. Pellegrino, who plans to study engineering in college and pursue a career in the field, said, “This scholarship will help me further my studies and achieve my goals. I would like to thank the program’s mentors for giving me guidance and sharing their knowledge.”

Mr. Pellegrino lives in the Pelham section of the Bronx with his parents, Minerva and Dominick, and his two brothers.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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