Give Back To Utica Fund Graphic Update

The Give Back To Utica Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, has announced the names of three college students participating in summer internships at Utica-area organizations.

The Give Back to Utica Fund, created by Utica native Steven H. Oram of Washington D.C., supports and sponsors summer internships that provide high school juniors and seniors or college students from Herkimer or Oneida counties experiential learning opportunities, encouraging them to stay in the area post-graduation.

Three students were selected by area organizations for summer internships in a range of fields:

  • Caitlin Snyder, studying biochemistry at the State University of New York at Fredonia, engaging in a summer fellowship at Masonic Medical Research Institute focusing on pulmonary embolism research.
  • Giovanna Constantino, majoring in communication sciences and disorders at Nazareth College, interning with Upstate Caring Partners (formerly Upstate Cerebral Palsy) focusing on preschool therapy programs.
  • MichaelColocho, pursuing a degree in fraud and financial crime investigation at Utica University, was awarded a summer internship through Young Scholars focused on finance at a local manufacturing facility.

“I am pleased that this fund is able to reward and inspire young adults whose lives have been positively impacted by Utica,” said Oram. “I am proud that this summer, three young people will be rewarded for giving the Mohawk Valley a chance to be their home.”

Established in 2007, the fund will be celebrating its 16th anniversary on August 3, Give Back To Utica Day. For more information on the Give Back To Utica fund, visit

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