Fox Pest Control named Angelina Amato as the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship that recognizes and rewards exceptional students making a difference in their communities.
In her application, Amato shared about her personal experience with a disability that led her to create a non-profit to ease access to educational resources for military kids with special needs, according to the news release.
Diagnosed with severe dysautonomia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) her freshman year of high school, Amato was bedridden for two years and told that only remedial courses were available for students learning from home.
Having a love for learning, Amato wanted to more than what she was being offered. She knew that honors classes would benefit her pursuit to become a neuropsychologist. To increase her own educational resources, Amato began working directly with her school district and the military base where her father was stationed to improve access to public education offerings.
Her journey led to the creation of the Military Kids Special Needs Education Alliance, a non-profit that works with individuals, school districts and advocates of change to ensure that all levels of education are accessible to students, regardless of their abilities.
“Angelina is a remarkable young lady,” said Rory Anderson, chief of staff at Fox Pest Control. “First, she advocated for herself. Then she built a resource to help others facing a similar situation. She’s paved the way for others to get the education they want and need to achieve their dreams. The impact that Angelina has made will go far beyond anything she ever could have imagined.”
Because of Amato’s time and dedication to ensure that no one is left out, more than 100 military kids have received the education resources they deserve.
“It only takes one person to make a difference,” Amato said in the news release. “And, this time, that one person was me. I am proud of the legacy that I have built and I look forward to continuing to help others.”
Amato will be a student at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
Fox Pest Control received an overwhelming number of scholarship applications this year, making it difficult to choose just one winner. To recognize the hard work and philanthropic efforts of another remarkable individual, the Fox Pest Control Scholarship Team decided to award an additional $1,000 scholarship to Eniola Ayo-Gbenjo for her development of free, virtual dance classes for kids in underserved communities.