Awards

The William J. Sacco Award for Excellence in Applied Mathematics

The William J. Sacco Award for Excellence in Applied Mathematics recognizes students with a high aptitude in the mathematics and critical thinking fields. Eligible students include seniors from any high school in Harford County, MD. Each year, one of the (up to 12) winning students will be chosen as the Math Student of the Year and will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship.

The William J. Sacco Mathematics Educator Award

The William J. Sacco Mathematics Educator Award recognizes noteworthy mathematics teachers who carry on Dr. Sacco’s legacy of creative teaching methods and passion for mentoring students. Any high school mathematics teacher from Harford County, MD is eligible for this award. Each year, one of the (up to 12) winning teachers will be chosen as Math Teacher of the Year and receive a $1,000 prize.

The William J. Sacco Foundation Community Award

The Community Award recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in advancing mathematics in his or her school/community. This can be done in many ways, such as actively helping other students in the classroom, founding a math club, or a dedication to tutoring and sharing knowledge. Eligible students include seniors from any high school in Harford County, MD. Each year, one student will be chosen and awarded with a $750 scholarship.

The Mike Franklin Computing Award

The Mike Franklin Computing Awards were introduced to recognize and reward outstanding students and educators in the field of computer programming. The founders of The William J. Sacco Foundation were afforded opportunities by Dr. Sacco at an early age to develop computer software in the areas of healthcare and education. These opportunities spawned lifelong careers, and it is our aim to inspire youth and educators to create and follow similar opportunities through early exposure in computer programming.

Mike Franklin was an accomplished software engineer who was given his first computer programming opportunity as a teenager working on software systems used by many of the nation’s leading trauma centers. Over a 15-year career, Mike built on this opportunity to take on increasing roles and responsibilities, eventually becoming a lead software engineer on his company’s flagship products. When he passed away suddenly in August 2015, the Foundation passed a resolution to initiate a scholarship in his honor to help inspire youth to reach their full potential and recognize the educators who guide them in their endeavors.

Those eligible include seniors and educators from any high school in Harford County, MD. Each year, one student will be chosen and awarded with a $1,000 scholarship and one educator will be selected and given a $500 prize.”