As I posted with a heavy heart several weeks back, my cousin and fellow procurement enthusiast Justin Falgione of Ariba passed away in October.
A couple of his friends are trying to establish a scholarship fund in his memory. I know that many readers of this blog had come to enjoy working with Justin, either as a coworker at FreeMarkets/Ariba or as a customer of FreeMarkets/Ariba. So, with Justin’s friends’ permission, I will use this blog post to share the letter that his friends have circulated in their effort to establish this scholarship fund.
Dear Friends and Family of Justin Falgione,
We are proud to announce efforts toward the creation of The Justin J. Falgione Memorial Scholarship at Westminster College. Westminster College was a place filled with wonderful memories for Justin and we are creating this scholarship to honor those memories and the memory of Justin’s kind and generous heart and collegial spirit. The scholarship will be awarded to students who major in studies emphasizing public service as a tribute to Justin’s commitment to volunteer work and helping others in need. We are hopeful that the scholarship will assist students in achieving their academic goals and socially responsible endeavors.
How can you help? Our objective is to raise $25,000, the minimum required by the College, to endow a scholarship. Tax deductible donations can be made to Westminster College and please note the funds should be applied to the Justin J. Falgione Scholarship Fund.
When making a donation please consider if your company matches your donation. Corporate matching gifts will also be credited towards the scholarship fund and will be a tremendous help in achieving our goal. Please note on your corporate matching gift form that the funds should be applied to the Justin J. Falgione Scholarship Fund.
Checks payable to: Westminster College
Important: Include in the memo line or an attached note that the funds should be directed to the Justin J. Falgione Scholarship. Feel free to attach a printed copy of this email with your check.
Development Office – Old Main #104
319 South Market Street
New Wilmington, PA 16172
Westminster will send you a receipt recognizing your gift to the Scholarship Fund and also provide the necessary IRS information.
Contingency Plan: If we are unable to reach the $25,000 goal after four (4) years, the funds will be applied to the Westminster Scholarship Fund in Justin’s memory. Hopefully we will reach the goal and the scholarship will be endowed. We are committed to doing everything we can to reach this goal.
We have a limited number of email addresses so we are relying on your efforts to spread the word about the Scholarship. Please forward this email to anyone who knew Justin. If you would like to receive an update from us on the status of the fundraising efforts please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure to include you in the email distribution list.
On behalf of Justin’s family, thank you for your help.
Bernie Taylor and Peter Goslin