The Christopher P. Santoro Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established in Christopher Santoro’s memory, to support and inspire students of all ages who are interested in robotics, engineering and generally helping to make the world a better place.

Chris, a brilliant engineer and avid adventurer, passed away on Valentine's Day 2015 surrounded by his family at the age of 32. Chris was a truly unique person, who could be at once both confident and humble, serious and witty, honest and kind. He was a wonderful husband, son, brother and friend.

Chris was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  He earned a bachelor of engineering degree, with high honors, in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he was named to Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies, and joined Chi Psi Fraternity. He also earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering, with a concentration in control and robotics, from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn. Chris worked as a systems engineer with Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation in New York City. 

Chris loved being part of and learning about the outdoors, evidenced by his passion for foraging, hiking, cliff jumping, climbing trees, snowboarding, gardening, swimming, camping, backpacking, catching frogs and rafting. When forced to stay indoors he enjoyed brewing beer, making hot sauce, avidly reading, snuggling with the Groods, watching cheesy horror flicks, sophisticated humor and genteel conversation. Most of all he enjoyed cooking meals, large and small, for his family, friends and any others he welcomed into his circle.

His motto was to commit to all of your actions wholeheartedly because you have just one life to live. Chris, words alone cannot do you justice. The world is a better place because you existed.

Make a Gift to the Christopher P. Santoro Scholarship Fund

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Donate by Mail: Please make checks payable to the Brooklyn Community Foundation – note the Christopher P. Santoro Scholarship Fund in the memo section of the check.

Brooklyn Community Foundation
Attn: Development 
1000 Dean Street, Suite 307
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Additional Ways to Give/Questions: Please contact Donor Services at 718-480-7507 or email to discuss alternative methods of giving.