THE ANGELA Y. CONIGLIO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded each year to a Senior Woman at Amherst Central High School
who best reflects Angela's qualities:
Athletic Excellence and a Commitment to Education
1997 Carolyn Walsh
|2017 Hannah G. Smith|
The Angela Y. Coniglio Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a Senior Woman at Amherst who has excelled in athletics and plans to pursue a career in the sciences or education.
Angela attended Amherst before present students were born, but like them, she walked the same halls, participated in sports and productions, attended assemblies like this one, and she LOVED Amherst.
On her graduation in 1984, Angela held the highest accumulation of Athletic Points in the school’s history. She died unexpectedly at age thirty in 1996, but in her time at Amherst, she had starred in numerous sports, including Basketball, Volleyball, Field Hockey and Soccer. In her Senior year, she led Amherst’s Boys ‘Club’ Ice Hockey team to a championship, earning Most Valuable Player honors as the goalie. She received Amherst’s Ed Baer Award, and is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
After leaving Amherst, Angela played Varsity Softball and Soccer at Nazareth College of Rochester, breaking that school’s Soccer assist records.
In 1988, Angela was graduated from Nazareth with a degree in Biology, and after receiving her teaching certification from Daemen College in 1989, she went on to teach Science and Biology, and coach several sports at high schools in Batavia, Auburn and Port Byron. In 1995, she was named to the ‘Who’s Who of American Teachers’. In 1999, she was inducted to the Nazareth Athlete’s Hall of Fame. For several years she also played Soccer in the New York Empire State Games, earning Bronze and Silver Medals.
Throughout her life, she was a strong advocate of equality for Womens’ Sports at the elementary, high school and collegiate levels.
The Coniglio family hopes that this scholarship will help advance Womens’ Athletics, and encourage Amherst women to become teachers.
In 1999, gifts from friends and family were combined with funds from Angela's estate and gifted to the Amherst Central School District. The award grew from $250, to $850 in 2001, to $1,000 in 2014. Later gifts from friends and family have increased the fund, and future awards are expected to increase. In 2016, the funds were transferred to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, where they will generate a perpetual endowed scholarship for future Amherst Central High School women.