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History of The Christopher Columbus Scholarship Fund

In 1986 Peter Cucchiara, then President of the Order Sons of ltaly York lodge #528, appointed a committee to explore the possibility of erecting a public memorial to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

The York County Board of Commissioners appreciated the generous offer and foresaw no problem in having this statue erected in the front of the Court House, pending approval of the final drawings and marble samples.


While all committee members recognized the original intent of the group, some favored awarding scholarships to York County high school graduates to assist in the furtherance of their college education. In 1988 the committee developed appropriate by-laws to establish the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fund, Inc. as a separate, not for profit community organization to: 

  • Develop a memorial marking the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America.

  • Develop a scholarship fund for promising students who might go on to new discoveries benefiting mankind.

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2023-2024 CCSF Board of Directors

Maria Maciareiello Swomley, PRESIDENT
Mark Swomley, TREASURER

Laura Beck
Mark Caltagirone
Michael Caltagirone
Carmine Pantano

Mikayla Spataro


Laura Strausbaugh
Christina Vranich


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