32BJ Awards Thirty-one Academic Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Education

32BJ Awards Thirty-one Academic Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Education

New York, NY— Thirty-one students today won scholarships for undergraduate and graduate education from the Building Service 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training, Scholarship and Safety Fund, a joint labor-management program open to dependents of members of 32BJ in the greater New York area. The students, who come from throughout the metropolitan area, were honored at a luncheon today at 32BJ headquarters in lower Manhattan.

“We are proud to honor these remarkable young men and women who are our future professors, doctors, scientists and so much more,” said Mike Fishman, President of 32BJ. “The Thomas Shortman Fund is one of the hallmarks of 32BJ. Through education and training for members and academic scholarships for their children, 32BJ members have the chance to build a good life for themselves and their families.”

This year, 23 high school graduates going on to college and eight students going on to graduate school received academic scholarships to schools that include Cardozo Law School, Cornell University, Hunter College and New York University. Each undergraduate scholarship provides $4,000 annually for four years at the students’ college of choice, while each graduate scholarship provides $8,000 annually for the life of the program.

The scholarships recognize the students’ achievements in academics and beyond. “Overcoming language and cultural barriers, caring for ailing family members, and holding part-time jobs to help family finances are just a few of the inspirational challenges these young people faced and wrote about in their application essays,” said Linda Nelson, Director of the Shortman Training Fund.

Representatives from the labor and management program who attended the event included: Mike Fishman, President of 32BJ; Howard Rothschild, President of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations Inc.

The Shortman Fund was founded in 1968, and since 1974, Thomas Shortman Scholarships have been enhancing educational opportunities for dependents of 32BJ members.

With more than 120,000 members, including 70,000 in New York City, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.



Applicant’s Name Universities Borough of Residence State
Somayah Aljahmi New York University Corona NY
Ardian Camaj Pace University New York NY
Daniela Cracolici Hofstra University Astoria NY
Anisha Dan St. John’s University Staten Island NY
Catherine DeMasi University of Delaware Westfield NJ
Mariya Dimitrova Deferred College Point NY
Jakub Domanowski State University of NY at Stony Brook Brooklyn NY
Elira Duro New York University Brooklyn NY
Bryan Florvil Cornell University Brooklyn NY
Elisa Frangaj Fordham University Bronx NY
Jeffrey Grinberg SUNY Binghamton Rego Park NY
Olivia Grodzka State University of NY at Stony Brook Forest Hills NY
Chelsea Jacobi SUNY Binghamton New York NY
Rania Muhieddine Fordham University Brooklyn NY
Vaida Mustafic Hunter College Middle Village NY
Stephanie Ogir John Hopkins University Ozone Park NY
Howard Stickley IV La Salle University Philadelphia PA
Oswaldo Subillaga College of the Holy Cross Ozone Park NY
Katelyn Toledo Lehigh University Lido Beach NY
Michelle Valentin Cornell University Elmhurst NY
Gina Vasquez The Fashion Institute of Technology Bellerose NY
Joshua Wadler The University of Oklahoma Brooklyn NY
John Walpole SUNY Binghamton New York NY


Applicant’s Name Universities Borough of Residence State
Samantha Arena Cardozo Law Yeshiva University Howard Beach NY
Tanjila Belal Hunter College Brooklyn NY
Halimah Famuyide Cornell University Law School Inwood NY
Ivana Kraljic Queens College Astoria NY
Wojciech Milewski University of New Mexico Staten Island NY
Maryann Osorio Queens College Queens Village NY
Aditi Shukla Deferred Brooklyn NY
Rachel Tedesco Long Island University Staten Island NY


Applicant’s Name Universities City State
Enisa Dukanovic St. John’s University Astoria NY
Victoria Goulbourne St. John’s University Bronx NY
Karina Kowalski SUNY Binghamton New York NY
Michelle Leon Boston University Flushing NY

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