By SARAH JOHNSON
There are many familiar names that come up in a community when scholarship season rolls around. At Plainville High School, the Ralph F. Lostocco Memorial Scholarship will be a returning opportunity for a graduating senior.
Pat Lostocco, wife of the late Ralph and her children Michael, Sandra and Susan will award the scholarship for the third year at the high school’s Night of Excellence scholarship ceremony in June.
“This scholarship keeps his memory alive,” Pat said. “It’s a $500 scholarship, which is good for a student to put toward things like textbooks.” Pat explained that the biggest thing her family looks for in a scholarship candidate is a student who is very involved in extracurricular activities, especially sports.
“Ralph was an avid sports fan,” Pat continued. “He really loved high school and college sports and watching his children and grandchildren play. We always contributed to the sports programs through our business. Ralph also played football. He graduated from Plainville High School in 1956.”
Pat and Ralph owned a store in Plainville for 20 years and retired in 2000. The scholarship was put together shortly after Ralph’s passing in 2010. It was awarded to Tyler Guimond (who is now a Central Connecticut State University student) for the 2011 class and to Emilee Tabora for the 2012 class.
“I am very honored to have received this award in Mrs. Lostocco’s husbands name,” Emilee said. “It has helped me in many ways, not only financially, but most of all being recognized for all of my hard efforts. I can’t thank her enough.”
Emilee is currently studying finance at Western Connecticut State University.
The number of applicants has grown over the last two years and Pat hopes to see a big interest this year as well. Her family wants to honor their devoted husband and father for a life of hard work and quiet strength, in everything he did.
“Ralph loved to celebrate the simple pleasures in life,” Pat said. “He took great pride in his garden and believed success came from honest and integrity in his business and personal life. When Ralph said something, he meant it. He was very humble. He always said if you did something well, you didn’t ever have to boast about it. People would just see it.”
A PHS senior, who does things well, with integrity and honesty is just the kind of candidate the Lostocco family will be looking for this year. Eligible students will be planning on pursuing a business or entrepreneurial degree at a two or four year accredited school. Students applying should be in good academic standing with a positive work ethic and preferably participation in athletics. Sportsmanlike conduct, team contribution and other extracurriculars and work history will also be considered.
The application also asks students to include an essay answering the following prompt: “Look ten years into the future, describe what your life would like with regards to work, family, recreation and things that would be mist important to you.” Consult with the guidance department at Plainville High School for deadlines and scholarship applications.