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CTA/NEA Retired Presents Scholarships Honoring Russo

CTANEA Scholarship RussoMembers of the CTA/NEA Retired Association presented two $1,000 scholarships Thursday to two college students in a Bay Area ceremony. This was the first annual awarding of the Sharilynn Gardella Russo Memorial Scholarship to honor the education contributions of Russo, who worked for over 35 years as a speech and language pathologist and audiologist for the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

There is currently a shortage in California of speech and language pathologists and their assistants. “With these CTA scholarships we hope to encourage students to enroll in these programs,” the CTA/NEA Retired said in a statement, and the two students receiving the scholarships are going on to study in this field. The award event was held in the Sharilynn Gardella Russo Conference Room at the CTA Regional Resource Center office in Concord. Russo died in a car accident in 2012 shortly after being elected president of CTA/NEA Retired.

Members of Russo’s family presented the scholarships, for which there were 24 applicants. Pictured here on each side of the winning students are two members of the CTA/NEA Retired Board Scholarship Committee, Ed Foglia (left) and Marc Sternberger. The winning students pictured are Jeffrey Edwards, left, who is pursuing a master’s in speech-language pathology at CSU-East Bay in Hayward, and Philadelphia Deal, who just completed her junior year at CSU-Sacramento. She is working toward a bachelor’s in speech and language pathology and audiology.

Donations to the scholarship can be mailed to Frank Tarantino, 1480 Edgehill Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91913. Make checks out to the CTA Foundation for Teaching and Learning with the following notation in the memo line: Sharilynn Gardella Russo Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

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