The Antonio V. Glassberg Educational Foundation & UBPN

The Antonio V. Glassberg Educational Foundation

Antonio V. Glassberg

February 28, 1978 – March 7, 2001

Greetings United Brachial Plexus Network Members and Friends,

Our Foundation was founded at the request of Antonio V. Glassberg shortly before he died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2001 at the age of 23. We are delighted that UBPN is willing to share with you our Foundation’s mission, vision and strategy.

Our Foundation’s Board shares Antonio's core belief that a young person's physical and financial hardship should not be an impediment to gaining access to excellence in education.  Our purpose is to empower and help Antonio V. Glassberg scholarship recipients reach their fullest individual potential - academically, emotionally, and socially - by providing those selected recipients an opportunity and impetus to attend private educational institutions which can provide the most hospitable environment for such growth.

Our mission: At Antonio’s request, in 2001 we began to grant scholarships for disadvantaged children to attend private schools of excellence, and have now provided over 65 annual grants. Early in 2014 we refocused our mission to provide tuition scholarship grants exclusively for physically challenged students with financial need to attend great K-12 private schools.

Our vision: We aim to have 100 physically challenged students supported by Antonio’s Foundation over the next ten years.

Our strategy: We want students with physical differences to have every advantage in life possible and we are particularly passionate about education. After interviewing the parents of our grant recipients, we have learned there are a number of reasons why parents may want to consider the private school option for their physically challenged child:

•Community – Often students in a K-12 or 7-12 private school can avoid the middle school/junior high and/or senior high transitions. These are awkward periods for able-bodied students, let alone those with spinal injuries, limb loss, or other physical differences. A private school may offer a truer sense of community, giving the student time to grow and develop the self-confidence needed to face adulthood.

•Partnership – All students deserve to be part of a school that is genuinely engaged in seeking out, accepting, supporting, and empowering them. Ideally a school is a true partner aligned with the parents’ vision and values. Ultimately, private schools are at their best as partners who respond with the appropriate level of urgency and focus when and if issues arise for a physically challenged student.

•Trajectory – Antonio’s vision for the foundation was to create superior educational opportunities for children who might otherwise be denied. Antonio understood from his own experience that these opportunities can alter a future career and life trajectory in a positive way by setting a child up for success in college and beyond.

Thank you for allowing us to spread the word of our mission, and we look forward to your inquiries. Learn more about us at Feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will respond to all emails.

For Antonio,

Matt Schnuck, President and Director

Jim Walter - Matt Crystal - Tom Glassberg, Directors

December 10, 2014

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