The Anita Giampalmi Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Scholarship is awarded through the RCPD in memory and recognition of Anita Giampalmi. Anita received her bachelor degree in Elementary Education from MSU in 1993. Over the next two years, she followed her dream of working with children as a substitute teacher in Lansing and a pre-school teacher in Troy.

In April of 1995, Anita died of complications due to cystic fibrosis. Anita’s life symbolized the values of education, hard work in spite of physical challenges, and the pursuit of life goals. She was known for her courage, tenacity, sense of humor, and integrity. The family and friends of Anita have established a scholarship fund to facilitate the continuance of Anita’s ideals, her zest for life, and her concern for others. The scholarship provides a monetary reward as well as recognition of efforts toward the achievement of an educational program at MSU for a student who has cystic fibrosis.

Historically, the scholarship fund has produced an award in the amount of up to $1,500. The recipient is chosen after a review of each applicant’s strengths. Criteria include demonstrated academic achievement, academic references, educational and life goals, leadership and other personal qualities, and a written essay.

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and giving opportunities by visiting the Make a Gift page.

The Giampalmi Family with Julia Ruggirello, the 2011 scholarship recipient.

The Anita Giampalmi Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship in Action

Julia Ruggirello shared her experience with Cystic Fibrosis at the 2012 Awards & Appreciation Reception where she was honored with the Giampalmi Cystic Fibrosis scholarship