Building up the next generation of STEM leaders


Central Connecticut State University students Abigail Denison and Tiffany Lubanski each received a $10,000 Future Built Scholarship from Presidio, a digital services provider based in New York. 

The scholarship is awarded annually to undergraduates in underrepresented groups who are pursuing STEM studies. To be considered for the scholarship, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater; a faculty recommendation; and experience as a community volunteer.

Members of the Presidio leadership team, including CEO Bob Cagnazzi and Vinnie Graziano, senior account manager, visited Central on Dec. 4 to meet with students, School of Engineering, Science & Technology faculty, and members of the university leadership team.

The Future Built Scholarships program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. 

In the photo below (from left): Dr. Sarah Maurer, associate dean of the School of Engineering, Science & Technology (SEST); Vinnie Graziano, senior account manager at Presidio; scholarship winner and Central senior Abigail Denison; Bob Cagnazzi, CEO of Presidio; and Dr. Steven Minkler, dean of SEST.