Anita Giampalmi Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

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 Financial Contributions page.

Giampalmi family standing and smiling with Julia Ruggirello.

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

Anita Giampalmi in the News

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State News Features RCPD Student

Director Michael Hudson and Specialists Darryl Steele and Virginia (Ginger) Martz share their insights in assisting students with disabilities in a State News article.

Giampalmi Scholar Arrives with Global Message of Awareness

Giampalmi Scholar Julia Ruggirello received her greatest wish this May: The opportunity to spread awareness about cystic fibrosis to her peers.

2005 Annual RCPD Awards Reception

On Friday, April 22nd, the RCPD held its 21st Annual Awards and Appreciation Reception to honor both staff and students who have done exemplary work to make this program a success.

2004 RCPD Awards Ceremony

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities honored a number of faculty, staff, and students on April 23rd at the 20th Annual Awards and Appreciation Reception held for the second year at the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center.

Students and Faculty Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities held their annual spring awards ceremony on April 25 at the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Center.

The 18th Annual Awards and Appreciation Reception 2002

On Friday, April 19, 2002, The RCPD hosted The 18th Annual Spring Awards and Appreciation Reception at Michigan State University.