Anselmo Family Award

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The Ralph and Theresa Anselmo Resilience Award is an award that I have created at Northeastern University (my alma mater) in honor of my parents, Ralph and Terry. 

The goal of this annual award is to provide monetary assistance to a student registered with Northeastern's Disability Resource Center  (DRC). Although when I attended Northeastern I did not experience any of the symptoms of the muscle disease that I am living with today, it is a resource I would have used had the timing been different. I have met a handful of students registered with the DRC over the years, and they are some of the kindest, most driven students I have ever met.

As someone living with a progressive disability, I have benefitted from the support of others who have enabled me to achieve my goals and dreams, which included going back to school full-time to get my MBA. Many people have helped me along this journey, none more so than my parents. 

My mom and dad have been instrumental in empowering me to succeed, even as my physical condition has deteriorated. They provide me assistance and support without ever asking for anything in return. My resilience today in facing my disease would not be possible without their help.

In the spirit of the example set by my parents, I want to help others achieve their goals and dreams. Specifically, I want to help Northeastern students registered with the DRC. The intent of the award is to provide a little more peace of mind to the recipient, whether it's helping to purchase a piece of adaptive equipment they may need for the classroom, or putting the award towards books or room and board. How they decide to use the funds is at their discretion.

I am a firm believer that anyone of any ability level can do anything they set their mind to. However, we are only as successful, we are only as strong, as our support system around us.

Without my parents, I wouldn't be where I am today. It is an honor to name this award after them!

Award Parameters:

It is a one-time award of $1,000. Any funds raised above and beyond $1,000 will go towards future awards.


-          Any Northeastern sophomore, middler or junior year student with a GPA above 2.0.

-          Must be registered with the Disability Resource Center.

-          Student must provide a statement of what they plan on doing with the award and why it will help them on their college journey.

How the funds can be used:

-          The award can be used on anything school-related, such as: tuition, an assistive technology device, books or room and board. 

I will follow up once the award has been announced. Thank you in advance to everyone for your support!
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Happy to announce that Northeastern University has selected the first two winners of the Ralph and Theresa Anselmo Resilience Award. I look forward to meeting Hannah and Katherine in the coming weeks!

Thank you to everyone who contributed - not only am I eternally grateful, your support will also make a big difference for the recipients.
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*Resilience Award.

Would be helpful if I knew the name of my own fundraiser....

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Great news! The Northeastern Disability Resource Center has selected two recipients of the 2018 Ralph and Theresa Anselmo Perseverance Award! Their names will be kept private for confidentiality reasons but they are excited and thankful to receive the award.

None of this would have been possible without your support. I am so grateful to have such supportive friends and family!

And just as a reminder, the funds above and beyond $2,000 will be used for the 2019 award.

Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Update #3:

Thank you everyone for your generous donations! I am happy to say that I have now hit my goal of $2,000. My plan is to give out two $1,000 awards this year, and anything above and beyond $2,000 will go towards future years. If anyone is still interested in contributing, I will leave this open!

Thank you again!
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