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The Phil Guza Memorial Charitable Trust was established on March 30, 2010 in honor of Philip T. Guza, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. This public non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt trust is comprised of the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship, which makes annual disbursements to deserving students moving on to college. Each year $1,000 - $3,000 in grants are offered to graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree in math (Phil’s major) or science. Preference will be given to students graduating from Phil’s alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School, located in the city of Philadelphia. Multiple students are awarded grants annually; below we're proud to feature the primary recipient from each year.


9/20/16 Update: Preparations for the big event this weekend are well under way and we're meticulously pouring over the fifty page Runner Participant Manual and course directions to minimize any chances of a wrong turn or forgotten energy gel. More updates coming soon...

9/11/16 Update: We're feeling particularly blessed for all the generosity and support of friends and family today. The kind words in text messages and donations have been simply amazing. We've just broken through our original $5,000 fundraising goal and we're upping our game to double that! In less than two weeks Tom and I will toe the line in Flagstaff to run 100 miles for Phil!

8/21/16 Update: Survived my prep race! Thanks for all the support for the Hampshire 100K ultramarathon race. 13 hrs 27 min, 64 miles (two extra from wrong turns), and some great new friends along the way. Technical trails are not nice to me, but they should be minimal in Arizona. I learned a lot today and feel primed for the big daddy Stagecoach 100 Mile next month, and ready for a strong fundraiser for the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship.

On September 24, 2016 Phil's sons Pete and Tom will be running the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 100 Mile race to support this cause very close to our heart: the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship. Raising $10,000 in donations for the Scholarship will ensure the ongoing support offered to math and science students in Phil's honor. Donations can be made through the PayPal link on the DONATE page, or by check to the CONTACT page address. Either way, we'll maintain the Honor Roll below to help showcase your generosity, unless you prefer to remain anonymous.

Regarding the event: This will be my (Pete's) first attempt at a 100 mile ultramarathon, building on a dozen marathons, 50K ultras, and 50 mile ultra distance events over the past 5 years. Supporting this great cause will provide me with the motivation to meet the challenge, and I'll have support along the course from Tom as he leads a 55K (34 mile) 3-person relay team on the same course. Updates leading up to the event will be posted here and we'll try to post some info during the race as well while so many friends and family will be on our minds; especially my dad as he watches down. Let the countdown begin for running 100 miles of Arizona Trail through 7,000 feet of climbing within 30 hours in honor of Phil. Thank you so much for your love and support!
-Pete Guza

15 Year Anniversary Honor Roll:

Ivan & June Wanat $100
Toni Portmann $25
Katherin Dockerill $50
Amy Garr $50
Molly Fields $200
Paul Mertens $25
Nick & Melanie Staley, Santa's Village $100
Clara & Patrick Kelly $100
Debra Millage $50
The Lee Family $50
Padma & Maha $200
David & Julie Smith $100
Irene Ribaudo $25
The Kapinos Family $50
Dave & Cheryl Barbato, Talent Retriever $200
Michele & Brendon Skafas $25
Jean Lane $2,000
Alex Loth $50
Greg & Timi Mosolf $100
Pauline Lee $50
Dixie Moore $50
Dave Anderson $50
Julia Rutherford $100
Dave Benedetti $100
Kelly Gray $100
Andrew McDevitt $50
Valerie Giles $25
Michael Murray $100
Suzie Cella $100
Kelly Farrell & Phil Schweppenhauser $50
Barbara Hayward $25
Lorelle Rosenbaum $25
Susan Young $100
Meg Gannon $25
Judith Pettiti $100
Maria Sendzik $50
Meghan Flynn $50
Sue Parke $25
Barbara Weinstein $50
Jess Stryhalalek $50
Bob & Sally Guza $1,100
Jaclyn Farina $25
Kelly & Dave Benedetti $50
Jennifer Slattery $50
Rudy & Bev Walter $50
The Rose Family $50
The Bendzewicz Family $30
The Lefebvre Family $50
Deanna Pomfret, Athletic Pursuits $100
The Swormstedt Family $100
The Phair Family $50
Andy Tessena $50
Brian Carlesimo $25
Frank DeBonis $101
Kim Allen $100
Frank Isganitis & PJ Walter, The Limerock Inn $100
Borislow Insurance $50
Mark Burns $100
Beth von der Heydt $100
Lisa Snowell $100
Mike Giunta $50
Karen Brooks $100
Joey Mandia $100
Ian Riggs $20
Erik Slivka $100
The Bruestle Family $100
Mark Shipley $200
Karen Robinson $25
Cindy Canterbury $50
The Arakelian Family $50
Douglas Zagha $250
Claude & Ann Dwan $100
The Lilly Family $250
Dan Lionetta $50
Tim Fallon $50
The Bilodeau Family $200
The Thorley Family $100
Anonymous $350

The 2017 Application Form for the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship will be available for download on the Apply page in the late winter. All aspects of the application will require postmark no later than April 15, 2017, and applications will not be reviewed until all required material has been received. The Charity will award a total of $2,000 in grants for 2017.

2015 primary scholarship winner Kamile Lukosiute of Jackson, NJ

Graduate of Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in New Jersey, Kamile Lukosiute received $1,000 grant from the Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship in 2015. Kamile is beginning her freshman year at Wellesley College in the fall studying astrophysics. Beyond a rigorous workload in the classroom, she's earned college credits during a summer program, performed independent research on ocean acidification, and competed on a national level in the SeaPerch Robotics Competition. In addition, Kamile stays in close touch with her roots as a fluent Lithuanian dancer and teacher.

Hyeon Ju Song of Atlantic Highlands, NJ  with her 2014 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship Award

Graduate of Henry Hudson Regional School, Hyeon Ju Song earned a $700 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship in 2014 for her outstanding performance inside and out of the classroom. Heading to Carnegie Mellon this fall she'll begin pursuing her degree in biomedical engineering. Trilingual with perfect scores in math and writing on her SAT's, Hyeon is also President of the Science Club, an active volunteer, and a competitive dancer.

2013 primary scholarship winner Meghan Drastal of Rumson, NJ

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School graduate Meghan Drastal was awarded a $500 Scholarship in 2013 before beginning her college career in neuroscience at Duke University. In addition to managing the maximum load of advanced placement classes offered and earning high honor roll throughout high school, Meghan spends countless hours volunteering, speaks Chinese, and participated in the science-based PAVE Program at Vanderbuilt for six weeks. In addition, Meghan is a competitive field hockey player year-round and holds a First Responder role on the Rumson EMS.

Kaitlyn Whyte receiving her Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship from Executive Director Peter Guza

Recipient of a $1000 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship, Kaitlyn Whyte graduated from North Andover High School in June 2012 and will be starting her freshman year at Johns Hopkins this fall studying biomedical engineering, largely driven by her personal fight against juvenile diabetes. Kaitlyn thrived academically taking seven advanced placement classes in high school (nearly all A's to boot) and managed an outstanding workload outside as well: acting as President of Student Government and Bourbon Red (the NAHS literary magazine), volunteering with Science Club for Girls, paticipating in the highly selective Explore Engineering program at UConn, and winner of the Yale Book Award just to name some of her accomplishments.

Damian Brusko of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

In 2012 Gregory Damian Brusko was awarded a $1000 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship in recognition of not only his 4.64 GPA and Calculus I credit from Lehigh University, but also his 200+ hours of volunteer work at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and role as varsity scholar athlete on the LHS football team. Damian will be taking on a new endeavor in life this fall as he enters the University of Miami, Florida as a Dean Scholar to study neuroscience because, "This field encompasses everything that [he is] passionate about: challenging [himself], helping others, and most importantly, striving to understand the complexities associated with the brain to help those who, like [his] grandfathers, suffer from neurological diseases."

Tori Bahe of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix

Tori Bahe of Gilbert, Arizona was granted a $1,000 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship in 2011. She is a graduate of Mountain Pointe in Phoenix and will begin her higher education at Stanford this fall studying Environmental Engineering. From a large family of fifty, Tori strives "to be the person who stands out and influences [her] family to not give up and to pursue a good education." Her passion for environmental studies was exemplified by passing the Advanced Placement Environmental Science exam without a class available to prepare her. Furthermore, Tori is a cross country runner, clarinet player for the Concert & Wind Ensemble Band, Language Honor Society member, and volunteer with the Intel Native American Network which promotes math and science skills to elementary students. We wish Tori the best of luck and we'll keep an eye out for for her on the track - Go Cardinals!

In our inaugural year, Mary Katherine Velcamp of Rumson, New Jersey was the 2010 Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship $1,000 grant recipient. Kate proved to be an exceptional student and she began her freshman year at Loyola University in Maryland in fall 2010, where she's pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a focus in pre-med. Down the road Kate aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon.


Many thanks to all of our supporters who contributed to our 10 Year Anniversary fundraising campaign - we received over $18,000 in donations, shattering our $10,000 goal! These generous donations have combined to reinforce the foundation of this scholarship and help to ensure that a significant offering can be made for years to come, which we hope will continue to rise. Thank you again!

Ten Year Anniversary Media Coverage:
The Guza Family was featured in the cover story of the Boston Globe newspaper on Sunday September 4, 2011, "Four Families, Four Stories of Loss, Love, and Resilience." An online version of the article can be found here:
Photos from the above Boston Globe feature can be found here:

The Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship was featured on the North Andover Patch website on September 6, 2011, "9/11 Victim's Son Launches Scholarship," which can be found here:

Peter Guza was interviewed for the following article on The Stir website, posted on September 7, 2011, "Losing My Dad on 9/11 Made Me the Dad I Am Today," located here:

Peter Guza published a short article through the Yahoo! Contributor Network, "Honoring a Proud Father and Mathematician: The Phil Guza Memorial Scholarship," which can be found here:

A vignette on Phil Guza was released via The Asbury Park Press on September 7, 2011, "9/11 Changed Forever: Philip T Guza," which can be found here:

For our 10 Year Anniversary fundraising campaign, this beautiful custom made quilt, designed and sewn by Marcia Guza was given away - Congratulations to Jean Lane of Bedminster, NJ!


Milestones to date:
  • December 2015: $1,800 offered to two primary winners and three runners up
  • June 2014: $2,000 in scholarships awarded to seven deserving high school graduates
  • June 2013: $1,500 in grants disbursed to five students
  • June 2012: $3,000 in scholarships awarded between three primary winners and five runners up
  • December 31, 2011: Over $18,000 raised from 10 Year Anniversary Fundraising Campaign
  • June 30, 2011: Second and third scholarship awarded (for $1,000 and $500)
  • December 31, 2010: Closing of first fiscal year; over $9,000 raised by donations
  • October 5, 2010: Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status approved by IRS
  • September 25, 2010: First annual fundraising event held, Bowling for Mathematics
  • August 22, 2010: First scholarship awarded (for $1,000)
  • July 4, 2010: $735 raised from Red Sox ticket promotion
  • April 16, 2010: Website goes public
  • April 15, 2010: Form 1023 submitted to the IRS for tax-exempt status
  • April 3, 2010: Bank account opened with $911.01 donation
  • April 1, 2010: EIN (tax ID) number receieved
  • March 30, 2010: Trust doument signed


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