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The 2019 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award package is now available!

For the 20th year, the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is pleased to announce the
opening for nominations, for the Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship, to an Outstanding
North Carolina High School Senior with a Disability.

This award includes a $1,500 scholarship to be used for any post high school learning experience/
training or for equipment/technology needed for employment.

Download the following link to the fillable application:

2019 Graziadei Application Form fillable ENGLISH

2019 Graziadei Application Award Form fillable SPANISH

Be sure to download from your browser view to your computer in order to enable text entry fields.

Application deadline:  Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Please feel free to download and share the application and items below with other families, in your newsletters and on your websites:

Graziadei Announcement from ECAC Executive Director – English

Graziadei Announcement from ECAC Executive Director – Spanish

Print version of application:

The 2019 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award – English

La beca Matthew C. Graziadei 2019 de premio al logro


Matthew Carmen Graziadei was a remarkable young man who died in January 1998 at the age of 26. He graduated from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC and was elected to Who’s Who in American High School Students. Matt was a student intern at the Charlotte Mint Museum and served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association both locally and statewide. He achieved President’s Honors at Central Piedmont Community College and served in Washington, DC with the US Surgeon General’s Council on Families and Disabilities. Matt also started his own business and was a contractor in facilities, engineering and computer services.
When asked to define the characteristics that made Matt unique, his family and friends defined the attributes listed below.  These attributes will be the criteria for selecting the winner of this award.

 Determination  reaching above one’s imagination
 Perseverance  remaining steadfast against all odds
 Persistence  starting from scratch and striving until successful
 Dedication  maintaining solid effort and achievement
 Confidence  overcoming obstacles through internal courage
 Motivation     seeing life as a series of opportunities, not obstacles
 Fortitude     keeping going after others have stopped
 Accomplishment  succeeding with on-going new vision
 Excellence  showing exemplary performance
 Quality  leaving a signature/unique mark of excellence



ALL North Carolina students with disabilities are eligible for nomination. This includes students enrolled in the Occupation Course of Study, students who will be receiving a Certificate of Graduation and students enrolled in the Future Ready Course of Study.

The award will be presented to the winning student during the student’s high school awards ceremony.  Based on applications received, additional students may be selected as a Finalist and will receive a small check and certificate.

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