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2016 Matthew C. Graziadei Award Applications now available!

The Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Award

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Application deadline:  Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Award is presented annually by ECAC, The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center, to a North Carolina high school senior with a disability who best exemplifies the characteristics of Matthew Graziadei. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship to be used for any post high school learning experience/training or for equipment/technology needed for employment.

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 was self-employed as 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 students, including students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study, students who will be receiving a Graduation Certificate and students enrolled in the Future Ready Course of Study, are eligible for nomination.

Nominations can be made by either high school personnel or a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. 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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