The Msgr. Joseph C. Ansaldi Memorial Prize


The Msgr. Joseph C. Ansaldi Scholarship was founded in 2016 after the passing of the beloved chaplain of The Minty Organization, Msgr. Joseph C. Ansaldi. While principal of St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School, Msgr. Ansaldi oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art auditorium for the school’s performing arts department. Throughout his tenure at Sea, and later as Chaplain of Msgr. Farrell High School, St. Joseph Hill Academy, and St. Peter’s Boys High School, Msgr. Ansaldi was a strong supporter of the Arts and of the students involved in the Arts. This award was created to support and recognize those students, who through their Catholic education, Christian example, and dedication to the Performing Arts, carry on the spirit of Msgr. Ansaldi.

 Previous Recipients 

2017 (Inaugural Year): Francesca Saccomagno (SJVA) & Teresa Wrobleski (MCHS)

2018: Tyler Kelly (Sea) & Dominique Treglia (SJHA)

2019: Francesca Compagno (MCHS); Annabella Gordon (NDA); & Nicole Sutherland (NDA)

2020: Jillian Bodiford (MCHS); Emily DeChristine (SJHA); & Jacqliene Mangini (SJHA)

2022: Antonia Bongiorno (SJHA); Alyssa Mazzone (MCHS); & Lillian Meagher (NDA)


All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the award:

  • Be currently enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a Staten Island Catholic high school;

  • Be in good Academic Standing; and

  • Have participated in at least one Staten Island Catholic high school’s Performing Arts program (drama or musical) for each of the last two academic years.

2023 Memorial Prize Application Dates