Fraternity Hosts Annual Dion Arroyo Scholarship Dinner

PATCHOGUE, NY – MARCH 6, 2012 – The St. Joseph’s College Alpha Phi Delta National Fraternity and Delta Psi Omega Alumni Association recently hosted their seventh annual Dion Arroyo Scholarship Dinner at the Centereach Knights of Columbus, raising nearly $6,000 for the Dion Arroyo Memorial Scholarship.

The Dion Arroyo Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2006 to honor the memory of Dion Arroyo, a student of St. Joseph’s College and brother of the Delta Psi Omega Fraternity, who was tragically killed in a car accident on September 11, 2003. The scholarship is awarded annually to a male student who, like Dion, is a Mathematics or Computer Science major on the Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s College.

“Dion was kindhearted and funny, but most importantly, he was a good friend that I aspire to be like,” said Luke Gregory, recipient of this year’s Dion Arroyo Memorial Scholarship. “I am honored to receive a scholarship in Dion’s name. I feel the donors who made this scholarship possible expect me to do what Dion would have done, which is exceed expectations.”

Last year, Delta Psi Omega became the first SJC fraternity inducted on a national level after joining Alpha Phi Delta, a national fraternity founded in 1914 at Syracuse University. During the event, members of the fraternity presented the Arroyo family with a plaque displaying new Greek letters and announced that Dion will be recognized as both a founding and honorary brother of their new colony.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event also benefited The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, a local organization that is committed to reducing the number of child abductions in America by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction.

“The level of honor and respect that continues to be shown in Dion's memory, always amazes us,” said Mrs. Marilyn Arroyo. “It is an honor for us to be associated with such a fine group of young men. We know that Dion would have supported The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation and we cherish the opportunity to stand in his place to help raise money for such a worthy and important cause.”

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