Advancement & Public Services

Nick & Susie DiGrino  DiGrino

Nicholas Joseph DiGrino Memorial Scholarship for Special Education Majors

In honor of their son, Nick and Susan DiGrino of Macomb have recently established the Nicholas Joseph DiGrino Memorial Scholarship for Special Education Majors. The scholarship is available to students who have passed the basic skills test and been admitted to the teacher education program. A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required, and preference will be given to applicants demonstrating community and/or university service and commitment to children with disabilities.

Nicholas Joseph DiGrino died in 1983. Nick recalls that a good friend of Susie’s cross-stitched a sampler for them that read, His song will be sung, if we do the singing. “I have remembered and thought about that saying over the years,” said Nick. “This scholarship represents one more opportunity to sing Nicholas’ song.”

“We have always known that we wanted to set up a scholarship in his name,” said Susie. “We reminded ourselves that had Nicholas lived, he would have been in a position to benefit from special services, so we wanted to help someone through an academic career designed to work with individuals with special needs.”

“With this scholarship, Nicholas’ song will go on,” continued Nick. “It is what he would have wanted.”


Nick DiGrino is the dean of the College of Education and Human Services. He will retire on June 30, 2011 after 35 years of service to Western Illinois University. Susan DiGrino is Director of Environmental Health at the McDonough County Health Department.