The Paul D. Giamanco Memorial Scholarship was created in loving memory of Paul D. Giamanco, father of Carroll High School Principal PJ Giamanco.
The elder Giamanco was passionate about education and fully supported his son’s career choice to make a difference in the lives of young people through the intellectual and academic pursuit of excellence.
Mr. Giamanco died on Nov. 14, 2016, after a lengthy illness, but his strength, character, passion, and resilient spirit live on through the lives of his beloved children and grandchildren. This memorial scholarship honors the life of Paul Giamanco by encouraging Carroll Senior High School graduates who are pursuing a career in education and will be awarded at the Senior Awards Assembly.
Paul Dennis Giamanco was born Feb. 24, 1942 in New York. He attended St. John’s University in New York for his undergraduate degree and then attended University of Toledo, Ohio for law school. Paul then moved to St. Louis, Missouri and served in the FBI.
After his years in law enforcement Paul moved to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where he practiced law for many years helping countless people obtain justice and peace. Later in life he taught in a variety of teaching positions at Mt. Vernon Township High School, where again he inspired and coached numerous teens on their life journey.
He was involved in countless community and state organizations that assisted in providing a better community for everyone he came in contact with throughout his life.
Most of these centered around education as he worked as a local school board president, assisted with a student Mock Trial team, worked as president of the county housing board, ran various athletic teams for the local YMCA, and worked with numerous legal bar associations. In the end he always fought for education and pushed each of his children to grow to their max through their academic studies.