--- Issued July 29, 2014

On Monday, July 28, at Erie City Hall, 27 elementary students were awarded $35,727 in Ellen Curry Scholarships to attend elementary schools. In addition, another five public housing youths were awarded $1,000 in Louis J. Tullio Memorial Scholarships. 

Watch the computer video of the presentation by clicking HERE.

The Curry  scholarship program is designed to help give public housing children the benefits of a private education. Since these scholarships began in the 1998-99 school year, 120 children  have been awarded a total of  $433,322 in Ellen Curry Scholarships.  These scholarships are funded by private donations to the Ellen Curry Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 1998 by the Housing Authority at the request of Ellen Curry, who was a longtime member of the Authority Board.

Curry left the bulk of her estate to the Ellen Curry Foundation for the education of public housing youth.

The Louis J. Tullio Scholarships scholarships are meant to encourage higher education and self-esteem among high school and college students living in public housing and, also, to keep alive the memory and spirit of Mayor Louis J. Tullio, Erie’s only six-term mayor. 

Another purpose of the Tullio Scholarship is to identify and assist these young adults to become role models for other public housing children.

HACE Honors Curry Scholarship award winners at the Ellen Curry Awards ceremony at Erie City Hall on July 28.

Shown above, from left, are Tullio scholarship winners Roza V. Momot and Isaiah Howard; HACE Executive Director John E. Horan; Alexgiomuel Gonzalez; and Kiana Morgan.  Yashoda Timsina was not present.

One highlight of the evening's award presentations was a surprise instrumental performance on the City Hall “stage” by  Isaiah Howard, 17, 700 block of East 21st Street, who is one of the Tullio Scholarship Winners.

Howard, who plays many instruments, chose the flute on which to play his own compostition for the audience.

He is a 2014 graduate of Collegiate Academy with a 3.34 GPA, and has been accepted by Mercyhurst University with a major in Flute Performance.

“Music is one of my major passions,” Howard said in his essay for the Tullio contest.  “It’s gotten me through some hard times and it has been a joy to take part in various ensembles and make amazing music." 

He has played in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to a middle school auditorium – and now Erie City Hall.

Howard lives with his mother in Section 8 housing. 

He started violin lessons in 3rd grade at the Neighborhood Art House, and has performed in many school shows; in Erie Playhouse productions; for the Mercyhurst orchestra and  Mercyhurst String Ensemble and at the  Erie Young People’s Chorus.

Howard hopes to earn a doctorate and teach at the college level.

For more information, contact John E. Horan, Executive Director, at 452-2425.