Scholarship offers assistance to Italian-American women pursuing education

Scholarship offers assistance to Italian-American women pursuing education
October 10, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The Christine Frances Rocco Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Benedictine University is now accepting applications for its first partial tuition award. The award is available to Italian American women age 28 and older. Students must study English, Education or Business either at the main Benedictine University campus in Lisle or at the University’s Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies in Naperville, which offers evening classes for working adults. The announcement of the first partial scholarship award coincides with the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Christine Frances Rocco’s birth on September 16, 1927 in Chicago. Rocco pursued her college studies as an adult while employed full time. She earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a business degree from Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) in 1974. Rocco was a successful businesswoman who served in the human resources departments of several major corporations in the western suburbs including Victor Gasket Manufacturing Company, Kropp Forge Company, Sunbeam Corporation and Chicago Specialty Company. The Christine Frances Rocco Memorial Endowed Scholarship recognizes the special challenges facing women who return to school after personal or practical reasons forced them to delay or interrupt their college education. For more information about the scholarship, contact Denise West, Director of University Relations, at (630) 829-6027 or visit the University Web site at www.ben.edu/scholarships and click on Education, English or Business.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.