City of Berlin Scholarship Recipients

Current Recipients

Lindsey R. Bischoff

Lindseys father died in 2014 due to severe health problems related to his duty on September, 11.
Lindsey started her studies in 2018 at the Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.




Ryan E. Bonitz

Ryan is the daughter of a firefighter who was forced to retire from service due to respiratory illnesses related to his duties on September 11, 2001.

Ryan was admitted to the competitive health science program at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She is also a long-time volunteer at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Kimberly M. Davis

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Kimberly Davis’s father, an FDNY paramedic, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11th and was buried in the rubble when the buildings collapsed. In the years since 9/11, he has developed a number of debilitating health conditions related to the deployment. Kimberly and her family now live in Florida.

Kimberly is studying industrial systems engineering at the University of Florida.

Kevin P. Flaherty



Kevin’s father, an FDNY paramedic, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11th and was buried in the rubble when the buildings collapsed. In the years since 9/11, he has developed a number of debilitating health conditions related to the deployment which have caused significant finacial hardship for his family.

Kevin is a history student at SUNY Cortland.

His scholarship is generously supported by the Stiftung Luftbrückendank.

Juliane L. Forsyth

Forsyth, JulianeJuliane’s father worked as a firefighter for 22 years. On September 11, 2001, he was on duty with his unit. During the following eight months, Juliane’s father spent almost 15 hours a day working on rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site. Due to his work there, he acquired severe health problems and had to retire early from his work as a fireman.

Juliane is studying Art at the Hunter College, New York.


Sean T. Gillam

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Sean’s father had already been working on a 24-hour shift when the World Trade Center was attacked. He was sent to the scene and continued to work there for the next three days. His exposure to the dust and debris caused health problems that later forced his retirement.

Sean is studying mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire and plans to graduate in with a master’s degree. When classes are not in session, Sean works as a lifeguard on his native Long Island.

Kenneth T. Haskell

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Two of Kenny Haskell’s uncles were killed on September 11th and his father, who was also a firefighter deployed as the site, suffered long term debilitating health effects as a result of his work there. He was force to take early retirement in 2016.

Kenny is studying neuroscience at the University of Delaware and hopes to become a physician.

Jillian R. Hubert

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Jillian’s father was deployed to the WTC site on 9/11. Arriving after the towers had already collapsed, he spent the following weeks at the site in rescue and recovery operations. Since 2014, he has been permanently disabled as a result of his work at ground zero.

Jillian is studying at Wagner College in Staten Island to become a physician’s assistant.

Kirsten B. Kaiser

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Kirsten’s father was deployed to the World Trade Center on 9/11. When the towers collapsed, most of his colleagues in his unit were killed. In 2003 he was forced to accept early retirement to due to psychological after-effects resulting from his deployment.

Kirsten, who sang at the official ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks is studying Theater at Wagner College in Staten Island.

Gabrielle A. McGovern
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Gabrielle’s father was supposed to work the morning of September, 11, 2001. But he switched shifts with one of his collegues. Many firemen in his unit died while on duty that day. Gabriella’s father immediately began working in rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site. Due to severe health problems caused by his work at the WTC site, he was eventually forced to retire early from his duty as a fireman.

Gabrielle began is studying at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Her scholarship is generously supported by the Stiftung Luftbrückendank.

Jon P. Moran

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The fire house in which Jon’s father was serving on September 11, 2001, was the second in Manhattan to receive the emergency call. Due to the psychological burdens related to his deployment, including the search for survivors in the days after the attacks, James Moran was declared unfit for duty and put on early retirement soon after the attacks.

John is studying International Business at Fordham University; NY .

Marissa A. Olsen

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Marissa’s father and his fellow firefighters witnessed the first plane crashing into the WTC on September 11, 2001. Their unit was one of the first to arrve at the site, where they started evacuating people from the tower and began rescue efforts. When the towers collapsed, Marissa’s father was buried under rubble but was able to free himself after several minutes.

Marissa is a student at Psychology at Elmira College. Her major is Business Adminsitration – concentration in marketing.

Joseph B. Porpora

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Joseph’s father was declared unfit for duty in early 2013 as a result of a variety of ailments caused by his deployment on September 11 and the days and weeks that followed.

Joseph now studies computer science at Boston College, MA.


 Allison G. Schillinger


Allison’s father was a leutenant in the New York Fire Deparment and was actively involved in rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. Once it became clear that there was no hope of recovering survivors, he helped tend to survivors at fire department headquarters and coordinated the burials of his colleagues who died in the attacks. He has been unable to work since 2011 as a result of long-term damage suffered in the days after the attacks.

The scholarship is helping to fund Allison’s studies in social media communications at the University of North Florida.

John J. Schnaufer

Johns father was a New York firefighter whose health was seriously compromised following his duty on September 11th and the days that followed. He was granted early retirement in 2013.

John began his studies at Rochester Institute of Technolog, NY in fall 2018.


Mackenzie S. Schnaufer



Mackenzie’s father was a New York firefighter whose health was seriously compromised following his duty on September 11th and the days that followed. He was granted early retirement in 2013.

Mackenzie is studying at Syracuse University, NY.


Madison H. Wright

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Madisons father was deployed at ground zero on 9/11 and during the months that followed. As a result, he has developed health problems that make it impossible for him to work and has been forced to retire from the FDNY.

Madison is studying journalism at Hofstra University, where she also works as a reporter and producer at the university radio station.

Former Recipients

Jaime F. Berghorn (CBS 2013-2016)

Jaime studied International Relations and Politics at Villanova University.


Justine E. Brancato (CBS 2010-2014)

Justine used the City of Berlin Scholarship to fund her Master’s degrees in special education and psychology, which she earned in a five-year program at the College of New Jersey.


Thomas J. Carroll (CBS 2006-2011)

Thomas studied at Loyola University in Chicago and transferred to Fordham University in New York. He graduated with a bachelor‘s degree.

Chelsea M. Coyle (CBS 2011-2014)

Chelsea studied public health at Ithaca College in New York and graduated with a master’s degree.

Video greeting from Chelsea Coyle

Pamela G. Curtin (CBS 2009/2010 +2011-2014)

Pamela finished her M.A. in early special education and childhood education from Manhattan College in New York.

John F. Dermody (CBS 2006-2012)

John attended Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge NY, where he earned his associate of arts degree. He then transferred to the University of California at San Diego, from which he graduated with a bachelor‘s degree.


Samantha J. DiTucci (CBS 2012-2014)

Samantha completed her bachelor‘s degree in business administration at Loyola University Maryland and later a MBA program in Marketing at Hofstra University‘s Zarb School of Business.

Nicole Forte (CBS 2009-2013)


Diana T. Greene (CBS 2007-2012)


Anthony W. Leonick (CBS 2014-2017)

Anthony Jr. graduated with a degree in Arts & Science from Farmingdale College.


Maureen L. McCluskey (CBS 2007-2014)

Maureen began her studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she was awarded her B.A. with honors in government. Afterwards she studied Law at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.


Joseph P. McGovern (CBS 2007-2009)

Joseph graduated with Honors from the University of Delaware in Newark, DE with a B. A. in his double major, Accounting and Finance.


Christian S. Montalvo (CBS 2017/2018)

Christian earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz in the spring and later his master’s degree in business administration.


Christina P. Murray (CBS 2008-2012)

Christina studied at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders .

Video greeting from Christina Murray

Samantha N. Mussorfiti (CBS 2012-2016 + 2017-2019)

Samantha completed her pre-med studies at the State University of New York – Geneso, funded by the scholarship.


Matthew R. Parker (CBS 2015/2016)

Matthew graduated from Nassau Community College with a degree in music.

Courtney M. Phillips (CBS 2014/2015)


Louis J. Pisicolo (CBS 2015-2018)

Louis studied computer science at the College of Staten Island.

Joseph A. Pisicolo (CBS 2012-2016)

Joseph studied at the reknowned Cornell University and completed pre-law studies at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Video greeting from Joseph Pisicolo

Marie R. Schiumo (CBS 2015/2016)

Marie studied graphic design at Susquehanna University (SU) with minors in international diplomacy and photography.

Brigitte A. Sykes (CBS 2015-2017)

Brigitte graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and than attended Brooklyn Law School.

Emma E. Sykes (CBS 2015-2017)

Emma earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the SUNY Geneseo and after this her master in Environmental and Resource Management at Binghamton University.


Fiona E. Ward (CBS 2016-2018)

Fiona studied at New York University Steinhardt English and Spanish to become a teacher.