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Scholarship of the Month

The William Procida and Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund

"William (Billy) Procida and I share a commitment. We want students to have access to a quality college education through the excellent academic and career-oriented programs offered at St. Thomas Aquinas College. I am honored to join with Mr. Procida as he provides this scholarship opportunity."
- Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C. Ed.


Margaret Fitzpatrick and Billy Procida on stage smiling, Margaret awarding Billy with honorary degree

William “Billy” Procida, President of Procida Funding & Advisors and Piermont, NY resident, announced the establishment of the William Procida and Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund in honor of Dr. Fitzpatrick’s retirement on June 30th, 2020. Dr. Fitzpatrick was named President Emerita after 25 years of leadership as President of St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Procida who admits he was “scholastically challenged” as a student, and Dr. Fitzpatrick met and forged a friendship, where they both agreed to create a scholarship fund to assist STAC students to cover the cost of their education.

In 2019, Procida was awarded an honorary doctorate of Commercial Science degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College for his contributions to his community and profession. Procida stated, “The honorary degree meant a great deal to me. My business ventures sidelined my pursuit of completing a college education. I love STAC and look forward to my continued involvement, starting with raising as much as I can for the scholarship fund.” Procida has volunteered his time at the college, sharing his entrepreneurial experiences with students at Fireside Chats, giving one-to-one guidance, and offering internship opportunities.

This scholarship fund will assist students with financial needs and hardships to pursue their degrees at St. Thomas Aquinas College.