'There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you.  Nor will there be any future in which we cease to be.'

Sri Krishna, in the Bhagavad-Gita


             Tim Valint, Angela’s first cousin once removed (Maria Sowa Valint's son), became eligible for her Cousins’ Scholarship in 2011. Tim wrote the following letter:
Dear Aunt Angie and Uncle Angelo,

           I am writing to you for your consideration for the Angela Coniglio Cousins Scholarship. I am the second – and middle – son of Maria (Sowa) Valint, who was Angela’s first cousin. Like my older brother, I was too young to ever get to know Angela for myself, but from what I hear, I think we would have enjoyed each other’s company. My mother has many fond memories of her childhood growing up with Angela, much the way I do with my cousins. I often hear stories from her about Angela, and every story has something in common with the others: Angela’s propensity to make everyone smile.

          I find that Angela and I would have many things in common. I am a soccer player and an overall fit person. From what I hear, Angela was an incredible athlete, good enough to hold her own on the guys’ teams! I can only imagine how much fun it must’ve been to play with her.

          Another thing I have in common with Angela is that we both have played the violin. I have played my violin in 5 different countries for countless different people. I have also taught many young children in the Buffalo Suzuki Strings program the beginning steps of learning how to play the violin. As a teacher, herself, I can only think that Angela would approve.

          My mom has told me Angela was a great Biology teacher. Seeing as that I am attending the University at Buffalo in the fall majoring in Chemical Engineering with a Biology track, I think we could have had quite a few interesting intellectual discussions. This shared love of science will help me to discover and achieve the goals I set for myself in the future. I think that Angela would require only one thing out of my education, that I follow my heart and choose a career that I will love and enjoy.

          In the process of writing this letter, I am glad to say that I learned a lot about a really special person! In memory of my cousin Angela, I would be very much honored to receive the Cousins Scholarship. This gift from her is a way to keep Angela’s memory alive.


             Tim received the 2011 Cousins Scholarship, and attended the University of Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science Engineering degree in 2015.


    'But soon we will die and our memory of those we love will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. 

    But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. 

    Even memory is not necessary for love.  

    There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.'

Paraphrased from Thornton Wilder,
The Bridge of San Luis Rey


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