Scott Pioli, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and former NFL executive, is no stranger to hard work and effectively dealing with uncharted territory. A recipient of numerous accolades including five-time winner of ‘NFL Executive of the Year’,’ honors from national media outlets and ‘Executive/Personnel Man of the Decade’ by both ESPN and The Sporting News and now a popular NFL analyst for NBC, he clearly knows what it takes to be successful. But this hasn’t always been the case, which is why in 2011 he established the Scott Pioli Scholarship for College For Every Student (CFES) students who attend CCSU.
“My involvement with CFES began long before I established the scholarship, so this was a natural extension of my commitment to CFES and helping low-income kids get on the path to college,” said Scott Pioli who joined the CFES board in 2004. “When I learned about the types of kids CFES supports, I immediately identified with them. As a first-generation college student, who had little knowledge about the college-going process or what to do once I got there, I vividly remember that very daunting period in my life.”
Pioli, who attended CCSU, noted, “My path was athletics and it served me well, but the great majority of people don’t have that particular opportunity and the infrastructure that comes with a scholarship. I can’t imagine how I would have navigated applying to, paying for, and being successful in college otherwise. With this scholarship I want to extend those advantages to a broader audience.”
And he is doing exactly that.
Jasmyn Almodvar, a former CFES Scholar who is currently a sophomore at CCSU is a recent Scott Pioli Scholarship recipient. “Receiving the Scott Pioli scholarship is an honor,” said Almodvar. “The financial support alleviates a tremendous amount of stress, allowing me to focus on my studies.”
Added Almodvar, “I would not have thought about going to college without the interest and support of CFES and the college-going culture they create. They saw qualities in me I didn’t see in myself. Mr. Pioli knows how important college truly is for every student and for that I am grateful.”
Noted Pioli, “Establishing this scholarship was a way to recognize an organization that works to get low-income, first-generation kids across the country on the path to college while at the same time acknowledging CCSU – an institution that provided a particularly supportive environment to me – and many kids like me.”
“We are extremely appreciative to Scott and his family for investing in our university and more importantly our students,” said Christopher Galligan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at CCSU. “Scott understands the importance of making access and affordability a top priority but he also gives back in countless other ways – from delivering guest lectures to opening doors for our students in the workplace. We couldn’t ask for a better ambassador.” The Pioli Scholarship is derived from an endowed fund created by a $100,000 donation given to CCSU by Scott Pioli and his family.
In 2010, prior to establishing the Scholarship, Pioli was responsible for the expansion and funding of four CFES schools in Kansas City, Missouri that have served 600 children.
About The Scott Pioli Scholarship
Scott Pioli, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, is a former NFL executive and currently a NFL Analyst for NBC. The Scott Pioli Scholarship is a monetary award that is available to outstanding CFES Scholars who attend CCSU.
CFES currently serves 20,000 students in 200 urban and rural schools across 24 states. For more on eligibility requirements and the application process, please contact: Christopher Galligan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Central Connecticut State University firstname.lastname@example.org.
About College For Every Student
For the past 22 years, CFES has helped make college a reality for more than 75,000 low-income, first-generation youth by raising academic aspirations and performance. Over the last seven years, 95 percent of CFES Scholars graduated from high school and went on to college. For more information, visit www.collegefes.org.