In 2003, friends and family honored Matthew R. Grappone, by establishing a scholarship in his memory. The scholarhship benefits students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, with preference given to those who work at UB’s central computing services organization, Information Technology.
Matthew Grappone spent almost half of his too-short life in association with UB earning two degrees: a BS in aerospace engineering in 1987 and a BS in mechanical engineering 10 years later. He worked with UB’s Information Technology during his time at the university. When he passed away unexpectedly at the age of 30, friends and family decided to name a scholarship for Grappone. His friend Kevin Shortt, also a UB alumnus, led the effort to develop “an everlasting gift for Matt through the school he loved.” Matt’s family, friends, acquaintances and relatives of Grappone contributed to the fund.