The Donald Broderick Scholarship Opens Doors for Students

As a student at Archbishop Stepinac High School, Stephen Forlini ’12 had already ruled out going to Manhattan College because he felt the cost of attendance was out of reach. Until he met Fran Broderick, a former Mount St. Vincent professor of communications and, along with husband Ray, the benefactor of the Donald R. Broderick ’86 scholarship. Forlini was selected to receive the scholarship, which facilitated him going to Manhattan College.

The memorial scholarship honors Donald Broderick’s memory after being killed tragically in an accident a few months after his graduation from Manhattan College. The scholarship is designed to help top students from Archbishop Stepinac fund their education at Manhattan College because Donald was an alumnus of both schools.

“I think it’s amazing what they do in honor of their son,” said Forlini, admitting the scholarship “is what made me decide to go to Manhattan.” He is particularly impressed with the interest the Brodericks have shown in him. “I’m an Eagle Scout, and they came to my Eagle Scout ceremony. Mrs. Broderick was really enthusiastic about it,” he said, adding, “They are really nice people.”

Now a senior majoring in finance, Forlini is planning to continue on at Manhattan College after graduation to earn the College’s new accelerated M.B.A. degree.

Like Forlini, Tom DiCarlucci ’13, a business major, focusing on computer information systems, received the Donald Broderick scholarship as a senior at Archbishop Stepinac. DiCarlucci always wanted to come to Manhattan, as many friends were planning to attend, and he was interested in the programs, but was concerned with the cost. He decided to commute, to help make his first choice more affordable. But being awarded the scholarship helped him – and his family – “extremely,” said DiCarlucci, adding that it means a great deal to him to have the help.

Anthony Gallo ’14, a civil engineering major, is also a recipient of the Donald Broderick scholarship, and is grateful to the Brodericks for their support.

“Receiving the scholarship is helping me to achieve my goals,” said Gallo. “It has opened so many doors for me, and I can’t say thank you enough to the Brodericks.