Mit Patel is forever grateful to the anonymous donor who provided a scholarship that will pay for his entire education
at Tunxis. Patel is majoring in Engineering Science and plans to transfer to the University of Connecticut after he graduates with his associate degree.
Patel said, “The financial assistance that this scholarship has provided me will allow me to concentrate more of my time on studying.” Patel also said that this gift has inspired him to help others and work hard to make his donor proud.
Mary Bencivengo and Ruth DeLeo have worked at Tunxis Community College for over five decades combined! Both retired this past June, but their parting gifts, totaling close to $13,000, will help Tunxis students pursue their dreams. In honor of their retirements, donors and well-wishers gave close to $3,000 to the Mary Bencivengo Allied Health Scholarship and general fund, which included a celebration at Hawk’s Landing Country Club on May 28 for the two retirees.
A few weeks later, Bencivengo presented the Foundation with another check for $5,000 that was collected for her retirement, a gift that she and her husband agreed to match for her scholarship fund. This was great news for the Foundation and allied health students at Tunxis.
Bencivengo served at Tunxis for 36 years, most recently as division director of the allied health department. She helped raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation during her tenure, most of which was used for allied health and dental hygiene students in need. “The Foundation is important because it supports students’ scholarly endeavors, academic programing and encourages learning beyond the classroom,” said Bencivengo. “It also gives the College a window of opportunity to engage with our community which is essential to its mission.”
“Students are always my first concern. They are why we are all here,” said DeLeo, an administrative assistant for the allied health and dental hygiene departments, who had worked at Tunxis for 25 years. “The Foundation is all about helping students complete their education through the scholarships itawards.” Bencivengo and DeLeo are now volunteering for the Foundation.
Presenting Sponsor – $10,000
Platinum Sponsor – $5,000
Pratt & Whitney
Stanley Black & Decker
Gold Sponsor – $2500
Clinton Roberts Foundation
Computer Recycling USA
Silver Sponsor – $1,000
Cathryn Addy, Ph.D.
The Associated Construction
Ericsson Television, Inc.
Facilities Engineering Associates, Inc.
First Bristol Federal Credit Union
New England Bank
Gene F. Prentiss & Company, P.C.
Thomaston Savings Bank
Attorney Sal Vitrano
WFSB Channel 3
Bronze Sponsor – $500
Dr. Charles Bencivengo, DMD
BVH Integrated Services
The Camera Company
Fourslide Spring and Stamping, Inc.
HLW Architects & Engineers
The Investors Center, Inc.
Lockton Benefit Group
Tracy-Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services
Business Card Ads
Attorney Cheryl Johnson
Tunxis Community College Student Union