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March 2017

Family Honors Late Jean McMahon Amodio By Establishing Memorial Scholarship

To honor the memory of Jean McMahon Amodio, a life-long resident and strong supporter of the White Plains community who passed away on November 30, the McMahon family and Stepinac High School have  announced the establishment of the Jean McMahon Amodio Memorial Scholarship.


Each year, the scholarship will be awarded to help educate an outstanding student “who, without such a gift, would be unable to attend Stepinac.” Because of the McMahon and Amodio families’ deep roots in White Plains, preference will be given to a student in that community. Jean was co-owner and treasurer of McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home.


The scholarship kicks off with a partial tuition scholarship in 2017 with the goal of creating an endowed scholarship that will provide tuition assistance to a rising senior starting next year. The selection of the scholarship recipient will be determined by Stepinac and awarded at the beginning of the academic year.


Stepinac was selected because of the family’s history with the school and their strong belief in the core values of a Catholic education. Jean’s husband, Frank Amodio and son, Kevin Amodio, are Stepinac alumni (respectively, Class of ‘70 and ‘03). Jean was a graduate of Maria Regina High School.


Stepinac President Rev. Thomas Collins (Class of ’79) thanked the McMahon family for their generosity in initiating the scholarship that will make it possible for “families who may have a challenge paying the full tuition but want their sons to have a Stepinac education.”


Father Collins noted the deep pride that Stepinac takes in the new scholarship. “The McMahon and Amodio names have long been synonymous with what makes White Plains such a caring community,” he said.


As with other scholarships that Stepinac offers, the Jean McMahon Amodio Memorial Scholarship Fund will encourage recipients to assist the next generation of Stepinac students by supporting their alma mater’s annual fund or scholarship programs.


For more information about the Jean McMahon Amodio Memorial Scholarship Fund including how to make a donation, contact Dennis  Buckley (Class of ’82), VP, Advancement, (914) 946-4800, Ext. 282 or dbuckley@stepinac.org