About the Award
Through their selfless actions, Milton and Mary Danko helped many people. Milton exhibited
great courage while serving with the US Navy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. After the war, he was a union leader with IUE 301 -- taking an active role
in the purge -- and served on the Board of Administrators of the GE
Employees' Community Service Fund. He was also certain to ensure adequate housing for his
wife Mary and their four children before he succumbed to the insidious effects of Multiple Sclerosis in 1957.
Despite early widowhood and her own health problems, Mary served as a wonderful role model for
others until her death in 1998, and never flinched while caring for her quadriplegic son at home
for nearly the last 30 years of her life.
Because both Milton and Mary cared for others and gave when it seemed there was nothing left to
give, The Milton & Mary M. Danko Golden Rule Award was established in their memory through
the University at Albany Foundation. Simply stated, the Golden Rule requires us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 19:19). In this spirit, each year a junior enrolled at the University
at Albany's School of Business will be considered for the award based on a demonstrated pattern of giving to others his/her most precious resource: time. A scholarship of $1000 will be directly credited to the winner's account
through the University's Student Accounts Office. In addition, the winner
will designate a matching amount of $1,000 to be contributed to an
approved not-for-profit organization that focuses on the needs of the
hungry and homeless.
How To Apply
To be considered for this Award, the applicant must submit a personal statement that:
Please note that you must include a copy of your current résumé with your application to the Office of Student Services (BB 201), Albany, NY 12222
- Describes at least one significant voluntary activity
- Indicates the number of years and hours/week the voluntary activity consumed
- Includes verifiable outcomes (i.e., letters of reference, or contact information
- Suggests future plans for additional voluntary activities