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NJIT receives endowment for new ROT scholarship

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The New Jersey Institute of Technology recently announced Michael Gabelli and Kristina Gabelli have established a scholarship for ROT students in honor of Sal Capriglione, a World War II veteran.

The scholarship will support two undergraduate students enrolled in the Newark College of Engineering and participating in ROTC.

"For so many of our talented and hardworking students, the chief obstacle standing between them and a degree from NJIT is not academic but financial,” said Kenneth Alexo Jr., NJIT’s vice president for development and alumni relations. “I want to thank Michael and Kristina Gabelli for their generosity and leadership in establishing this scholarship in memory of Sal Capriglione – and for helping us maintain the affordability of an NJIT education for all deserving students and their families."

Capriglione was a member of the US Army Air Corps during WWII and remained active in the Air Force Association until he passed away at the age of 50 in 1969. After his death, the 190 Chapter for the Air Force Association was renamed the “Sal Capriglione Chapter”.

“We are thrilled to make this commitment to NJIT, in honor of my grandfather Sal Capriglione,” Kristina Gabelli said. “Sal was an honorable man and throughout his life was devoted to helping the young men and women of the US military. We are proud to establish this scholarship fund in his name that will provide opportunities to well-deserving NJIT students.”

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