Rolando flew with U.S. Helicopters as an aerial photographer for several Chicago television stations, including WGN News and ABC 7 News. Seed money was received from Rolando’s coworkers at the TV stations and members of the MCMA Board of Directors to create a $500 student scholarship. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar matched that amount to bring the award to $1000, which will be offered in the 2018-19 school year. MCMA will continue to accept donations to help this fund grow in order to bless more students in the future.
MCMA is so thankful for the generosity of the friends who support our school and our mission. We thank you in honor of Rolando and the Banda family for donations to this scholarship fund.
All donations are tax deductible. Please contact our office to obtain a receipt of donation.
The Rolando Banda Scholarship has been established in honor of a man who was very dear to MCMA. In 1999, Rolando was married to Carolyn, longtime staff member, and he immediately became a step-father to Jesse and Hannah Stanford. Four more children joined the family: Rachel, Rolando III, David and Arrow. Each of these six children attended this school. It was at Rolando’s insistence that his children receive their early education at MCMA (formerly New Beginnings), as he recognized the value of a private, Christian education and he enjoyed learning about the Montessori Method.
Rolando was an inspiring man, a loving husband and father. He was a seeker of knowledge; studying the Bible, linguistics, maps, geography, sailing, nautical knots, photography, hiking, biking and camping in nature were just a few of his interests. Rolando also loved the scripture and was a devoted father. Rolando coached little league teams, taught the children how to ride bikes, was a boy scout leader, took the boys camping, helped with homework, and in general, made time for his family.
After a lengthy battle with a rare cancer, Rolando passed away on February 4, 2018. Michael Carpanzano, as President of the Board of Directors of MCMA, spearheaded the formation of the Rolando Banda Scholarship, to be offered in the future to a student who exhibits integrity of character and presents a financial need.