Since its founding in the mid-1990s, The Thomas W. Zito, Sr., Scholarship at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ, has enabled dozens of talented young men to benefit from the school’s highly regarded Jesuit education. Named for the father of Prep alumnus and former trustee Robert Zito, ’71, this endowed fund has grown steadily, and it currently stands at $1,061,350.
The Zito Scholarship is part of the school’s broader endowment, which is comprised of a permanently restricted collection of funds, a majority of which are devoted to providing merit- and need-based financial awards to qualified students. In the 2016-17 academic year, these total awards exceed $2.9 million, with the Zito Scholarship itself providing financial assistance for eight boys—two from each academic year.
As with most of Prep’s restricted scholarship funds, the recipients are young men who have met the school’s rigorous admissions requirements but whose financial circumstances would not enable them to enroll without “need-based” support from funds such as the Zito Scholarship. This scholarship, which Cento Amici is proud to support, is awarded to deserving students from Bayonne, NJ, where the scholarship’s namesake worked tirelessly in support of the community as executive director of the Bayonne Housing Authority.