Former Welland engineer leaves $350,000 for student scholarships at Brock
Published on July 06 2011
Amilcare Ramella travelled the world as a chemical engineer with Mobil Oil. He was responsible for several patents regarding the oil refining process. Now, he has one last achievement – in his last will and testament, he has created two new student scholarships at Brock University.
The Welland man, who died in June 2010 at age 87, has left $350,000 to Brock to show his commitment to education. The Amilcare Ramella Graduate Scholarship in Canadian-American Studies will benefit the top student earning an MA in Canadian-American Studies. The Remo and Ida Ramella Memorial Scholarship, named after his parents, will benefit the top undergraduate student from the City of Welland.
The scholarships promote two things important to Ramella — Canada-U.S. relations and the education of young Welland residents. It’s a final show of generosity for a man whose sharp intellect and curiosity made him a lifelong learner, say his cousins Joe Tonin of Welland and Fred Tonin of Crystal Beach.
Fred and Joe Tonin display a photo of their cousin, Amilcare Ramella.