2020 Anselmo Family Award

Hello again!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the Ralph and Theresa Anselmo Resilience Award over the last two years. The response has been overwhelming.

In the last two years, we have been able to award five $1,000 awards to students registered with the Northeastern University Disabilty Resource Center (DRC).

 I am happy to announce that the award is coming back for Year 3!

This year my goal is to fund two more $1,000 awards for students registered with the Northeastern DRC. I waited a little longer this year to announce the award as I waited for information on what Northeastern planned to do for the upcoming year. As it stands now, they plan to have students on-campus, with additional protocols in place to keep everyone safe.

Even with the safety precautions, however, this is going to be a difficult year for Northeastern students, as they try to navigate classes, find a job/co-op, and live in the middle of a major city during a pandemic. In speaking with Northeastern administrators, they have said that this has been an incredibly stressful time for students and faculty. My heart goes out to them all.

Any amount of support would be greatly appreciated, even if it’s just sharing the GoFundMe link. I know times are difficult economically. No amount is too small!

For those new to the award, here is an overview of why I started it:

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 (or students) registered with Northeastern's Disability Resource Center  (DRC). Although I did not utilize the DRC when I was a student at Northeastern (my disease symptoms had not yet manifested), it is a resource I would have used had the timing been different. I have met several 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 up to them.

If you would like to learn more about the 2018 recipients, Hannah and Katherine, Northeastern did a great job telling their stories:


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 per recipient. Any funds raised above and beyond the goal will go towards future awards. I will keep everyone up to date on how the funds are allocated.


-          Any Northeastern sophomore, third-year 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 to do 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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