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Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Memorial Scholarship

In memory of the life of Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo, the Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Memorial Scholarship was established to help P.A.C.E. students. Selection will be based primarily on the student’s financial need.

Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo was a physician, born in Rome, Italy on July 1, 1923. He graduated from medical school in Rome and immigrated to the United States in the early 1950's. His primary interest was orthopedic surgery, but he was accepted into an anesthesiology residency program in Illinois, and upon completion went into private practice at Illinois Masonic, Westlake, Gottlieb, Walther Memorial and Cook County Hospitals.

Dr. Caccomo loved his adopted country and was drawn to service in the United States Army Reserves, serving in the Special Forces, and retired as Colonel. Following his retirement from the medical profession as an anesthetist, he renewed his interest in orthopedic surgery, his first love, and for the last fifteen years of his life, he was associated with the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Dr. Caccomo was also a pilot, owned his own plane and loved to skydive. He loved animals and was supportive of agencies caring for animals, as well as the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. In 2001, he established a Family Foundation to benefit the charities, organizations and institutions that he came to enjoy and support during his lifetime. Dr. Caccomo died in January 2004.

Students who are interested in being considered must meet the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Provide a completed 2017-2018 FAFSA or the first page of the applicant’s parent(s) federal tax return from the previous year to verify financial need
  • Complete the 2017-2018 Scholarship Application

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