Massapequa Water District Commissioner Raymond Averna Plays Instrumental Role in Selection
Process for 2023 Nicholas J. Bartilucci Manhattan College Scholarship Awarded to Long Island/North
Massapequa Resident

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), one of the region’s leading water
supply authorities serving over 620,000 people across Long Island, has awarded its prestigious 2023
Nicholas J. Bartilucci Manhattan College Scholarship to Ms. Isabella Gluszak, a North Massapequa
resident who lives within the South Farmingdale Water District. Given for performance excellence in the
classroom, this annual scholarship is open to entering freshmen who live within a District of the NSWCA
and are enrolled full-time in any engineering degree program at Manhattan College in Riverdale, Bronx
New York.

NSWCA President and Locust Valley Water District Chairperson Patricia Peterson commented, “The
NSWCA Bartilucci Scholarship recognizes the enormous contributions made by the late Nicholas J.
Bartilucci, a water industry leader who served as a Jericho Water District Commissioner for over 48
years. Nick’s dedication to water supply and environmental conservation as Water Commissioner and as
President of D&B Engineers and Architects, was invaluable in elevating consciousness about Long
Island’s long-term sustainability.

Ms. Gluszak thanked members of the NSWCA, South Farmingdale Commissioners Ralph Atoria, John
Hirt and Gary Brosnan, and former NSWCA President and current Massapequa Water District
Commissioner Mr. Raymond Averna, who were instrumental in this year’s Bartilucci Award selectior
process. Commissioner Averna added, “Inspiring a younger generation of engineers like Isabella
Gluszak through education creates an incredible impact and a path to success. We are happy to select
Isabella as this year’s recipient of this commemorative award.”
“It has been wonderful to witness the aspirations I have had since childhood start to become a reality
This scholarship has made those goals much more attainable,” said Ms. Gluszak, who is currently
studying mechanical engineering at Manhattan College, and aiming to work in the aerospace industry.

L to R: Massapequa Water Commissioner Raymond Averna; Melissa Gluszak; Award recipient Isabella Gluszak; South Farmingdale Water Commissioner John Hirt; South Farmingdale Water Commissioner Ralph Atoria.