Gabe Pietrorazio ’20 has been awarded the “Salute to Youth Scholarship” as one of just two distinguished Eagle Scouts in Connecticut which represents more than 20,000 Scouts. The $2,000 scholarship is given to Scouts who are “highly qualified academically, active members and leaders in their community, and best representatives of the fundamental values of what Boy Scouts means in people’s individual lives.”
As a scholarship recipient, Pietrorazio served as an ambassador at the Salute to Youth dinner and reception in Hartford Connecticut. At the fundraising event, he offered an address about what Scouting means to him and how it has impacted his life. The event raised roughly $200,000 for the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America to help reduce the cost for youth to attend summer camp and other events, and to maintain Scout camps and facilities.
“When receiving this scholarship, I felt as if I reaffirmed my commitment to being a lifelong Scouter and by extension, embodying the characteristics of a role model for future Scouts to imitate,” says Pietrorazio.
At HWS, Pietrorazio is a writer for the Herald, disc jockey for WHWS.FM, Seneca Speaks coordinator at the Centennial Center, and an assistant coach for the Geneva Youth Wrestling program. He served as treasurer of Brazilian Jujitsu Club. Pietrorazio was accepted into the HWS Leads program, the HWS Day on the Hill program and won the 2016 HWS Hackathon competition. Pietrorazio intends to major in media and society as well as political science, with a minor in Law and Society. He earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2015 and is now an Assistant Scoutmaster for his former troop in Connecticut.
He says the Scouting mission resonates with him. “We are obligated and ultimately expected to conduct cheerful service without any intention of recognition,” he says.