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Family and Friends Create the Katie M. Socci Memorial Scholarship at the Cayuga Community College Foundation

DATE: 02-28-2013

During her short life, Katie Socci dedicated herself to the welfare of others through her career in nursing. Katie’s caring spirit will be carried forward for nursing students at Cayuga Community College, through an endowed scholarship funded in her memory.

Family members and friends met recently to remember Katie Socci and to present the latest addition to her fund, a check for $11,400. This gift brings the total in this fund to nearly $35,000, with a goal of reaching $100,000 in the next three years.

“The Katie M. Socci Memorial Scholarship honors her memory as a compassionate individual for whom nursing was a passion,” said Foundation Executive Director Jeff Hoffman. “We are truly honored to have been chosen to carry Katie’s legacy forward. Through this scholarship, we will support Cayuga nursing students who demonstrate Katie’s skills, compassion, and devotion to serving others.”

Katie Socci used her nursing degree from Cayuga Community College in medical-surgical, neurological, telemetry, and critical care units. After beginning her nursing career locally, Katie worked as a travelling nurse in Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, and Charleston, S.C. Her devotion to family brought her back to Auburn and to University Hospital in Syracuse, where she worked at the time of her passing.

“We are proud that Katie was a nurse, and proud that she attended CCC,” said John Socci, Katie’s father. “At CCC they don’t just teach nursing skills, they teach compassion as well. Wherever Katie travelled around the country, she saw what an excellent education she had received at Cayuga Community College; her skills were on par with and above those of her fellow nurses from other colleges.”

“The Auburn community has been extremely generous in creating Katie’s scholarship fund,” her mother Tina Socci said. “Erin (Colaneri) and Karrie (Glatt) put together the Stiletto Stampede, a 5K run and walk that attracted 312 runners its first year. Their goal is to get 600 participants in 2013.”

In fall 2012, friends John and Noreen Lattimore and Bonny and Tom Blair created the fashion show, Styles and Smiles for Socci, at the Springside Inn. This event raised $11,400 for the scholarship and was hosted by Todd Lattimore, nephew of John and Noreen. “We plan to hold this every year in honor of Katie and to boost her scholarship fund,” Bonny Blair said.

“We remember Katie as a student at Cayuga, and we miss her,” said Nursing Program Director Linda Alfieri. “We worked closely with the family to create selection criteria that truly reflect Katie.” The first recipient of the Socci scholarship is Sharon MacKay of Auburn, who graduates from the Nursing program this May.

The Katie M. Socci Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student returning to Cayuga for his or her final year of the nursing program. First preference is given a single parent who is an Auburn High graduate. Otherwise, it may be awarded to a single parent in Cayuga’s Nursing program who is a graduate of any Cayuga County high school. The recipient should exhibit Katie’s compassion and her expertise in the many settings in which nurses practice their art.

“We will continue the Stiletto Stampede and the Fashion Show in the coming years,” Bonny Blair said. “Our goal is to raise over $100,000 for this scholarship. Earnings from the endowment would cover full tuition for the Katie Socci Scholarship recipient every year.”

Registration has opened for the 2013 Socci Stiletto Stampede, which is scheduled for May 11 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, N.Y. For more information, visit http://www.soccistilettostampede.com/Home.php.

For more information on the Cayuga Community College Foundation, contact Jeff Hoffman at 315-294-8627 or foundation@cayuga-cc.edu.