Andrew D. and Sue P. Virgilio Scholarship

Andrew D. and Sue P. Virgilio Scholarship

Andrew ’49 and Sue ’46 Virgilio established a scholarship in their names at SUNY Brockport to encourage a student who has overcome the challenges of a physical or learning disability to excel in their studies at Brockport.

Mr. Virgilio graduated from Brockport following his service during World War II as a field radio operator in Greenland. After his graduation, he taught in East Rochester schools and at St. John’s University in New York before returning to SUNY Brockport where he served from 1961 to 1986 as Campus School Principal, Dean of Education, and Dean of Continuing Education. At the same time, he was active in community service, serving as Clarkson Town Justice, Assemblyman for the 133rd District of New York State, and Executive Director of the New York State Council on Development Disabilities. Following his retirement, he completed a paralegal degree and assisted the Tribunal of the Diocese of Rochester. He passed away in 2016.

Mrs. Virgilio taught in the Rochester City School District after her graduation from Brockport. She taught for several years until the birth of the first of the couple’s four children.

Students who meet the qualifications for the Andrew D. and Sue P. Virgilio Scholarship are full-time students who have completed at least two semesters of study with a GPA of at least 2.75, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. They also must submit an essay on how they have overcome adversity related to their disability or how they would use adaptive technology to assist the learning process, and they must be willing to serve as a role model to high school students with disabilities.