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Gianni Manganelli, left, circa 2007-08, while working as a co-pilot for Trans States Airways. Right, Lisa Cresenzo, a senior at Embry-Riddle, trains inside a United Airlines Boeing 737 in 2005. Perpetuating dreams Families honor loved ones with memorial scholarships BY K E LLY C U C U LI A N S K Y P R AT T ianMaria “Gianni” Manganelli (’05, PC) and Elizabeth “Lisa” Cresenzo (’95, DB) never had the chance to meet, but like so many young people with a passion for ying, their love for aviation propelled them to attend Embry-Riddle. Studying at campuses on opposite sides of the country, both completed Bachelor of Science degrees in aeronautical science and were on track to ful ll their ambitions of becoming airline pilots, when their lives tragically ended. Left behind are proud parents that remember every rating Gianni and Lisa achieved and nearly every model of airplane they ever ew. In honor of their children, the families established endowed memorial scholarships that would perpetuate Gianni and Lisa’s love of ight through the lives of future Embry-Riddle student aviators. ‘HE WAS A FIREBALL’ Soon after graduating from the EmbryRiddle Prescott Campus, Gianni became a ight instructor at the West Valley Flying Club in Palo Alto, Calif. He went on to y for Trans States Airlines on the East Coast and work as a co-pilot for United Express and American Eagle. The Mountain View, Calif. native was known by family and friends for his inquiring mind, energy and passion for everything from politics and the arts, sports and traveling, to his longtime love of soccer and newfound interest in off-road motorcycling. “He was very dynamic in the things he did. He was a reball,” says Gianni’s father, Sauro Manganelli. “He poured himself into whatever he did.” Having newly purchased an apartment with his younger brother, Simone, the siblings were looking forward to living in San Francisco, Calif. and were planning an off-road motorcycling trip in Brazil with their parents, when tragedy struck. On a summer evening in 2011, Gianni, 29, was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while traveling to a friend’s house to watch a soccer game. A large circle of friends and family members rallied around him at the hospital, where he died on June 18, 2011. As restless as he was, Gianni also had a passion for helping people, says his mother, Susan Roberts-Manganelli. Whether he was starting and teaching a ground school or helping pilots nd a method to settle their accounts at the local ying club, Gianni wanted to help people follow their dreams of ight, she says. The scholarship fund, which was organized quickly after his death, memorializes that side of Gianni, Susan adds. Instrumental to establishing the scholarship was Gianni’s best friend, Robert Youkhana (‘05, PC), who helped spread the word about it through Facebook and advertised free ight lessons through the social news website Reddit, in exchange for contributions to the fund. Donations streamed in from friends, family and anonymous donors. “The big reason why we were so successful was because Gianni was such a great person, with a big heart and had so many friends and family that cared about him. Everyone was willing to give to the cause,” Youkhana says. “We’re just glad that we had so many people help us reach our goal.” The Manganelli family also credits Gianni’s friend, Google employee Laura Daener, who encouraged support from coworkers and coordinated matching donations from her employer. In less than a year, the fund reached endowment level, enabling student Julior E. Marroquin to become the rst scholarship recipient. “We’re really thrilled that we were able to do that within the rst year,” Susan says. “We felt strongly, for symbolic reasons, that someone should win the scholarship the year after Gianni died.” Raised in the low-income, gang-riddled city of Compton, Calif., Marroquin aspires to become an airline pilot. The scholarship brings him one step closer to achieving this. The $1,000-scholarship is offered to aeronautical science students in nancial need, with 38 P H I L A NTH R O PY R E P O RT G I V I N GTO.E R A U.E D U

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy

Lift - 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy
Letter From the President
Letter From the Associate Vice President
Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Report
Throttling up
Lifetime and Legacy Donors
Toward an entrepreneurial university
Corporations and foundations
Student projects take off with Rockwell Collins
Daytona Beach alumni
Part of the Embry-Riddle fabric
Embry-Riddle’s first cadet gives back
Students help create a culture of philanthropy
Prescott alumni
Worldwide alumni
Military support
Board members, faculty and staff
Perpetuating dreams
Scholarship Donors
In Memoriam Donors
Endowed Funds

Lift - 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy