Joseph A. Falgiani Scholarship Endowment To Benefit YSU Athletics

Jeff Wehler (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Jeff Wehler (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce the Joseph A. Falgiani Scholarship to enhance the YSU Athletics Scholarship Endowment Fund.

This scholarship was recently established in his honor by his sister-in-law, Donna Falgiani of Bradenton, Fla. The first recipient is YSU baseball student-athlete Jeff Wehler.

The late Joseph A. Falgiani was born into a poor, but very intelligent, Italian immigrant family of six sons. His father, unskilled, knew that a better life awaited the family in America where his boys would have the chance to earn college educations.

Falgiani, the fifth-born son, faced many obstacles and challenges early in his life. His mother passed away when he was six, making it necessary for him to start working early to have some change in his pocket and help pay for clothes and shoes.

While attending Rayen High School, his goal was to pursue a college education. He attended YSU while working part-time at Youngstown Foundry. He graduated from YSU in 1961 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English.

He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed golf and bowling. While teaching English and Latin at Choffin Vocational Center, Mr. Val Carano got him involved with Mr. Tanner and the Curbstone Coaches. Falgiani served on the Curbstone Coaches board for several years, all the while encouraging high school students and emphasizing the importance of an education.

This scholarship will honor his memory, love of sports, and his belief in the importance of a college education. "WITHOUT AN EDUCATION THE WORLD’s DOOR WILL NOT OPEN."

"Joe was an avid sports fan, driving force and proponent for education and loved Youngstown" his sister Donna said.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student-athlete participating in an Olympic Sport.

Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation, said the Falgiani family has had a passion for education and Youngstown.

"Making sure student-athletes get an education has always been the No. 1 priority and this endowment places a high emphasis on that," McFadden said. "We are grateful to the Falgiani family for all their scholarship contributions to Youngstown State University."

For more information, or to endow an athletic scholarship at Youngstown State University, contact Dan Kopp at the YSU Foundation at (330) 941-3211 or