The Sir Peter L. Cardiello Award for Entrepreneurship


It will be given each year to the graduating senior at Wagner College who has made the greatest impact on the campus and community: A student with a proven history of outstanding leadership who, like Cardiello, demonstrates an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, the desire to make a difference and above all, a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. A visionary leader who will undoubtedly leave a legacy by embodying the true Wagner spirit of "learning by doing" and blazing a trail whether by: (i) consistently demonstrating a positive attitude and thought process that embodies the saying, “what the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve" (ii) exuding a passion and desire to better, no only themselves but also the world around them (iii) displaying the beginnings of a budding entrepreneur by taking initiative and thinking outside the box (iv) creating a company, nonprofit / foundation, organization / initiative, club / group. The Sir Peter L. Cardiello Award at Wagner College was established in 2010 by alum, Elisabeth L. Cardiello, as a tribute to her father's life and legacy. Contribution details below.


2O13  Recipient to be announced on Thursday, May 23, 2013!!  
2O12  Violeta Capric of Staten Island, NY graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. At the college’s annual senior banquet, she took home an armful of impressive awards including for surperior leadership, scholarship, honor and service: the Joseph T. Gabrielline Memorial Award for superior leadership, honor, scholarship and service, the Juliette Tyor Outstanding Student Employee Award, the Sir Peter L. Cardiello Award for Entrepreneurship and the Kevin Sheehy Award in Biology for the highest GPA among graduating biology students. Violeta has participated in Wagner’s Emerging Leaders Institute and served as President of the Student Government Association. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed fraternity and was inducted into two honor societies: Beta Beta Beta (biology) and Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership). She was recognized in previous years by the college with the Bloomquist Memorial Award in Biology and the Megerle Scholar Prize for Science Achievement. As a student employee for the Biology Department, Capric was responsible for the lab’s mosquito research colony. Her excellent performance last summer as a research intern at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine led to the full-time position she took up at Johns Hopkins after graduation. You can also check out her feature in The Link here.
2O11  Jillian E. Sully of Stewartsville, N.J., graduated cum laude with a major in sociology, concentration in family studies and social work and a minor in gender studies. Sully was extremely involved in all things Wagner and has displayed that she will, without doubt be making a huge impact on our world. In everything she has done and will continue to strive for, she represents what Sir Peter Cardiello stood for: outstanding leadership, a love of learning, the desire to make a difference and a passion for contributing to others. She studied abroad in Rome, and was enrolled in the Civic Engagement Certificate Program. She was inducted into Lambda Alpha, the sociology honor society. She belonged to the Earth Club, and she worked as a resident assistant. Among her many civic engagements was her work in the Park Hill housing project, where she applied for and won a grant for the organization with which she was working, and her development of the Home Program for Richmond Senior Services, which offers home rehabilitation to elderly or disabled low-income Staten Islanders so that they can continue living in their own homes. We are honored that she is the first recipient of this very special award.


NEWS click on the underlined text to read about some of these momentous occasions in the news!!

8.25.13 The Third Annual Coach Peter Cardiello Memorial Soccer Game
We can't wait to take the field - location and time TBD, stay tuned for updates!

BIG thank you to everyone for making it a great day - rain or shine!!
Also, to Spartan Embroidery for making us pretty awesome shirts!

5.17.12 The Second Sir Peter L. Cardiello Award was Awarded at Wagner!!!

An interview with our 1st award recipient, 
          Jillian Sully BS Wagner2O11 / MS NYU2O13

what would you like your legacy to be/what do you want to be remembered for? for being fair and just.  I don’t want to be remembered for the things I have but for the experiences endured.  I strive to be always growing and hope that I am remembered for an ability to self-reflect.

if you were asked to give a TED talk, what would it be about? I would want to address issues of injustice within our own borders. Issues of racism, sexism, classism and the like are extremely relevant still today and are a reality for most US citizens.

what advice would you give young people? it sounds cliché but make your own path! Don’t follow the “popular” ones, you won’t find true happiness! Be Kind! Be Real! Be Giving! 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I will be forever grateful...