Local seniors earn Tripodi scholarship

Rossi, Wilson receive $20K for college expenses

NILES — Two Niles McKinley High School seniors recently received the Louis J. Tripodi Scholarship.

Selected by the Tripodi family were Trasa Rossi and Kyra Wilson.

The scholarship is awarded each year based on applications and letters submitted by McKinley students. The winners receive $5,000 per year for four years, for a total of $20,000 each.

Rossi and Wilson were presented their scholarships at the high school April 10 by Kenneth Tripodi, nephew of longtime businessman Louis J. Tripodi.

”It is truly an honor to have won the Tripodi scholarship. With this money I will further my education at Youngstown State University, where I will work towards an education degree,” Rossi said.

”I am so grateful to this Tripodi family for such a wonderful opportunity. This means so much to me and will help with my attendance at Kent State University in the fall and my major in French language, culture and translation,” Wilson said.

The scholarship was first presented in 2009, with two students receiving the award each year except in 2012, when there was one recipient.

A 1936 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, Louis Tripodi left the scholarship as an endowment to the school prior to his death in 2008. His nephew, Rockey Tripodi, has been trustee of the award since its inception and chooses the winners based on the applications and letters.

High school guidance counselor Julie Strollo said 20 seniors, who represent the top percent of their graduating class, applied for the scholarship.

Strollo said she is proud of all the students who applied for the Tripodi Scholarship.

”They have all achieved many accomplishments and honors during their years in high school,” she said.

Louis J. Tripodi , who was 90 when he died, spent most of his life in Niles. He was co-founder of the Niles Machine & Welding Co. and Steel Valley Erectors. He also was involved in commercial and public works construction, with projects such as Grace Lutheran Church of Hubbard, Lakeview High School of Cortland, Newbury Ohio High School and St. John High School of Ashtabula.

In 1964, he became the national builder for investors, providing buildings for lease to the Franchise Company Doghouse Inc. He also created a 100-acre development in Niles called Shadowridge, which consisted of more than 200 single family homes and 95 luxury ranch-style condominiums.