This fund has been established in memory of Dr. Matthew Charles Cordaro in order to cover the expenses for a young adult to pursue a degree in science, engineering, and/or mathematics.
My dad, Dr. Matthew C. Cordaro, was born in 1943, technically considered a “war baby”. In researching this generation, I came across a quote that so perfectly summarized my father’s character :
“People brought up during these years never took anything for granted and they knew that unless they worked hard nothing was going to come to them easily. So, they developed a discipline and passion for whatever they were truly gifted doing. The war babies taught us that we should not take things for granted but we should work hard to achieve anything that we really are passionate about. And that is a wonderful thing to strive to achieve. If only kids today believed that.”
My dad lived his whole life through that mentality, and instilled those beliefs within me from a very young age. He firmly believed in the value of higher education. He saw the beauty in science and mathematics and logical thinking. He taught me to never settle - not in my academics, my athletics, my career or my personal life. If I wasn’t happy with something, it was up to me to make a change, and that has been one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my entire life.
My dad started from very humble beginnings, starting his childhood in a small apartment in the lower East side. His family didn’t have money for him to buy a car or go to college - that was up to him. He put himself through his undergraduate education, his masters, and ultimately earned his PhD, becoming one of the most successful and knowledgeable people in the energy business.
Dr. Cordaro was the definition of a fighter. He fought and he fought and he fought his whole life. He fought for his education, for his career and all his success. He fought for me and my mom, and the rest of his family, making sure we were always taken care of. He fought not one, but TWO rounds of cancer. He fought for his life until his very last breath.
My dad pushed me my entire life to NEVER accept mediocrity and to ALWAYS aim for greatness. I would not be who I am today without his guidance, influence, and love.
My goal for the Matthew C. Cordaro Memorial Scholarship Fund is to provide an opportunity for higher education for an aspiring young scientist, engineer, or mathematician. This money is intended to keep my father’s legacy alive through providing a hardworking individual the chance to attend a university - someone who would not have been able to afford that chance on his or her own.
I am SO proud to be your daughter - my biggest accomplishment in life was being raised by you.
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