The Dr. Santo Barbarino Scholarship Fund Corporation was established to provide High School Scholarships to college bound students annually. The goal at a minimum is to identify three students from a graduating class that will benefit from the Scholarship Award.
Dr. Barbarino served in the education system for over 45 years of his life. He has impacted many individuals throughout his career and is a recognized figure in the communities he has supported.
The objective of this scholarship is to identify students who exemplify the qualities and attributes Dr. Barbarino lived every day of his life. Scholarships will be granted to three students: Student of the Arts, a Student Athlete and a Student of Promise.
Nomination and selection of recipients will be administered by a Committee that is formed by the Corporation. The Committee will consist of Teachers, Coaches and Administration from the School Board along with Directors from the Corporation.
Background of Dr. Barbarino
Dr. Santo Barbarino was born in Brooklyn in 1946. After graduating from St. Francis College in 1967, he began his career as an educator and was a High School Chemistry Teacher at Holy Cross and Holy Trinity from the years 1967-1980.
Dr. Barbarino became involved in the national Alpha Phi Delta Association, serving as its district governor for the New York City area. He was also the editor of its magazine, Kleos, from 1968 to 1978. He was elected the fraternity’s national president in 1978, and was a director on the Alpha Phi Delta Foundation. Dr. Barbarino was also the sole remaining active trustee of the fraternity’s original scholarship committee, which was formed in 1974.
Dr. Barbarino served the Lynbrook School District for 32 years. He joined the district in 1980 as a High School Chemistry Teacher, and later served as Administrative Assistant for Instruction and Director of Athletics. He was also the Principal of Lynbrook High School from 1986-2006. He was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
He earned a doctorate from New York University in 1987. In 2008, the year he became Superintendent of Lynbrook School District, he was named New York State’s Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York. Dr. Barbarino was also a longtime member of the association’s Government Relations Committee and the Commissioner of Education’s Blue Ribbon Panel on School Leadership. He has been a State Principal of the Year, the village's Man of the Year, the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, and was named the Knights of Columbus’ Humanitarian of the Year. He was also awarded the NYS PTA Life Membership award and the Rotary Club Award for Service Beyond Self.