Teddy Gleason Scholarship Winners Selected for 2019; Eight Students Will Receive $48,000 in Educational Grants

NEW YORK — The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO and New York Shipping Association, Inc. yesterday announced the eight winners of the 2019 Teddy Gleason Scholarships. The two trustees of the Scholarship Program, Stephen Knott, Secretary-Treasurer of the ILA, filling in for ILA President, Harold Daggett and NYSA President John Nardi, introduced the students at a luncheon on June 25, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey City on the Hudson.

All eight students are dependents of ILA members working for NYSA member companies in the Greater Metropolitan area. The NYSA-ILA Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the late ILA president Teddy Gleason, is open to dependents of active and retired ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey. This is the thirty-ninth annual scholarship program. Students will receive an annual grant of $6,000 per year for each one of four years in college.

The 2019 Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners are as follows:

KELSEY CARTELLI

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Cartelli of Franklin Square, NY. Mr. Cartelli is a member of ILA Local 1, working at APM Terminals Elizabeth, LLC. Kelsey plans to attend American University in Washington, DC.

JAMES GILBERT

Son of Mr. & Mrs. James Gilbert of Staten Island, NY. Mr. Gilbert is a member of ILA Local 920, working at GCT New York, L.P. James plans to attend Hunter College in New York, NY.

JAYLIN MONROE

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Shaun Monroe of Linden, NJ. Mr. Monroe is a member of ILA Local 1233, working at Maher Terminals, LLC. Jaylin plans to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

RACHEL BUSSANICH

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bussanich of Westwood, NJ. Mr. Bussanich is a member of ILA Local 1235, working at Ports America. Rachel plans to Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

TIERRA BUISSERETH

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jean Buissereth of Fanwood, NJ. Mr. Buissereth is a member of ILA Local 1235, working at Ports America. Tierra plans to attend University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

WENDY GONZALEZ

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Juan Carlos Gonzalez Penin of Kearny, NJ. Mr. Gonzalez Penin is a member of Local 1235, working at Maher Terminals, LLC. Wendy plans to attend Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

ALICJA BIL

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andrzej Bil of Clifton, NJ. Mr. Bil is a member of ILA Local 1235, working APM Terminals Elizabeth, LLC. Alicja plans to attend Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ.

LAUREL GARRAHY

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Garrahy of Monroe, NY. Mr. Garrahy is a member of Local 1814, working at GCT New York, LP. Laurel plans to attend SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY.

The Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic performance and aptitude testing among other determinations. The scholarships are available to qualified applicants who wish to continue education at undergraduate, apprentice or training programs at any accredited colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. An independent agency – the International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) based in Nashville, TN – makes the selection of the scholarship winners.

The eight Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners join 32 other students currently enrolled in colleges and universities who were previously awarded these generous grants. The scholarship program was introduced in 1981 following collective bargaining between the ILA and employers represented by NYSA and it provides $192,000 in yearly assistance for 32 students.

For additional information, contact James McNamara of ILA (212) 425-1200 or Elaine Lew of New York Shipping Association (732) 452-7821.