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The Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Trust

The Giunta Memorial Trust was established on 8/31/94 in tribute to Fall River Police Officer Tom Giunta who was killed in the line of duty on the afternoon of 8/24/94.    Since that time, we have deposited more than $200,000 to those accounts, now managed by BankFive.  Legal counsel is provided by Attorney John Saulino; accounting services are provided by
 Mr. Thomas A. D’Ambrosio, CPA.

Deputy Chief of Police (ret.) Cathleen L. Moniz acts as the Administrator and worked with police personnel and legal and financial representatives to create a charitable trust as well as a formal Trust Committee.  Thus, The Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Trust was created as a charitable organization under sections170(c), 501(c)(3), 2055(a), and 2522 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code, which restricts the purposes for which the Trust monies can be used to those that are charitable in nature.  The Trust agreement was executed in August, 1995.

To date, the Trust commits the bulk of its funds to ten separate scholarships, seven of which are perpetual and three that are funded annually. Recipients are chosen by an independent selection panel.  Other funds are subject to charitable disbursement as the Committee determines.  Under legal guidelines, no profits are taken and no members receive compensation for service.  All monies generated become part of the Trust Fund.

Donations may be made at any time to the Giunta Memorial Trust Fund via Ms. C. L. Moniz,
 11 Mohawk Drive, South Dartmouth, Ma. 02748. The annual Giunta 5K Road Race, held on the first Sunday in April, continues to provide the Trust Fund with most of its support.

The Trust Committee, under its by-laws, consists of up to nine members, all of whom serve voluntarily and indefinitely.  All are active or retired officers of the
 Fall River Police Department.  At this writing, they are

Cathleen L. Moniz, Administrator
Roland R. Proulx, Asst. Administrator
Manuel Rapoza, Clifford Wright, Daniel Ahaesy, Bruce McCabe
Raymond Correia, Timothy Giunta, David Pacheco

Serving as advisors to the Committee are the active Chief of Police Daniel S. Racine and
 Officer Giunta’s surviving widow, Doris M. Giunta.  The Committee meets a minimum of twice annually, in February and in August of each year. 

For more information about the Giunta Memorial Trust, the scholarships, the independent selection panel, or the annual Giunta 5K Road Race, please contact
 Cathleen L. Moniz at 508 525-7983.

 



The Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarships

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarship at BCC (perpetual) - 1996
Part of the BCC Endowment Fund, award was funded, in part, by a $15000 gift from the Memorial Trust Fund.  Awarded each year to a Criminal Justice student maintaining a B (3.0 GPA) average or better (eff. 2012).* The amount of award is dependent on endowment earnings.  Selection is made by the BCC staff.  Applications are available at FRPD mid-March to early May!

 

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarship (perpetual) – 1996
This award is part of the American Dream Challenge which operates in the City’s elementary and secondary school system.  Funded by an initial $2000 gift from the Memorial Trust Fund, it is awarded each year to a fourth-grade student who demonstrates skill in the annual essay contest, for $100. 00 towards college.*  Selection is made by the ADC staff.

 

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarship (annual) – 1996
This award is funded annually with a gift from the Memorial Trust Fund, as funds allow.  It is awarded to an active Fall River Police Department officer in continuing education, with 3.0 GPA, at accredited college level, in the amount of $1000.* Selection is made by independent Scholarship Selection Panel.  Applications are available at FRPD mid-March to early May!

 

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial College Scholarship (perpetual)
 for High School Seniors – 1998
These scholarships were funded and established by the Memorial Trust Committee with an initial base of $25000.  Now awarded annually to four graduating Fall River high school seniors (one each from BMC Durfee, Diman, and Bishop Connolly, and one at-large), with a 3.0 GPA, who are continuing to accredited colleges.*  Amount of each award is $1000.  Selections made by independent Scholarship Selection Panel.
Applications available at High School Guidance Departments mid-March to early May!!

 

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial College Scholarship (perpetual)
 for Children of FRPD – 2012
This scholarship is awarded annually to an FRPD employee’s high school senior child (or grandchild) who meets the 3.0 GPA requirement and is continuing to an accredited college of his/her choice.*  The amount of the award is $1000. Selection is made by the independent Scholarship Selection Panel.  Applications are available at FRPD from mid-March to early May!

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarship (perpetual)
 in memory of
Officer John W. Ruggeiro – 2012
Most recently established with funds from the Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Trust, and gifts from the Det. Richard G. Magan Memorial Trust and the Off. John W. Ruggeiro Scholarship, this award is made to a high school senior from Fall River, maintaining a 3.0 GPA, who is continuing to an accredited college.* The amount of the award is $1000.  Selection is made by the independent Scholarship Selection Panel. Applications are available at High School Guidance Departments, mid-March to early May!!  

 

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarship in memory of
Constable Gideon Manchester – 2012
Newly established, this annual $500 award will be made to a Fall River high school senior maintaining a 3.0 GPA who is continuing to an accredited college*.  Selection will be made by the independent Scholarship Selection Panel.  Applications are available at High School Guidance Departments, mid-March to early May!!

 

Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Scholarship in memory of
Officer Louis T. Gormley – 2012
Also newly established, this annual $500 award will be made to a Fall River high school senior maintaining a 3.0 GPA who is continuing to an accredited college*.  Selection will be made by the independent Scholarship Selection Panel.  Applications are available at High School Guidance Departments, mid-March to early May!!

 

*Other criteria may apply – see up-to-date application for details.

 

It is the hope of the Memorial Trust Committee that, as the Memorial Fund continues to grow, more scholarship and charitable opportunities will benefit from this lasting and positive remembrance of our friend and colleague.  If you have any ideas, please forward them to any of the Thomas J. Giunta Memorial Trust Committee members.

 


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