Frances Galano Memorial Teaching Scholarship

About the Sponsor

The Frances Galano Memorial Teaching Scholarship Endowment was established in honor of Leona Cotsakos’ beloved mother, Frances Galano. Frances Galano worked all of her life in the textile factories as a seamstress in Paterson, New Jersey. A widow for many years, she made many personal sacrifices during very difficult times to ensure that her only daughter realized her dreams to become an elementary school teacher. To quote, John, husband of Leona, “Frances Galano realized Leona’s potential of becoming a teacher and nourished it!” This personal sacrifice became a tremendous source of strength and comfort to her until her passing. It is hoped that this scholarship will touch the lives of many other talented students to realize their dreams of becoming a teacher and allow Frances Galano’s spirit of giving to continue through the years.





  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in any College of Education credential program
  • May be enrolled full or part time
  • Must be enrolled at time of award