The Scott Martella Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Stacy and Stephen Martella in honor of their son Scott.


The fund, which is being managed by United Way of Long Island, will provide college scholarships to high school students interested in pursuing a career in public service. 

In addition, a yearly community service project in coordination with Long Island's Smithtown Central School District will be held in Scott’s memory.

Scott was a devoted fiancé, loving son, caring brother, loyal friend, committed public servant, remarkable mentor, diehard New York sports fan, avid marathoner, theater lover, and a man of remarkable talent & a rising star in the New York State government & political sphere.

 Before the age of 30, Scott had already begun to assemble a list of extraordinary career accomplishments that included being the youngest member in the history of the Smithtown Central School District Board, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Suffolk County representative, and most recently Suffolk County's Communication Director under County Executive Steve Bellone.  

With your help, Scott Martella's mission of public service will live on into perpetuity.

Charitable contributions to The Scott Martella Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made online, or may be mailed directly to:

United Way of Long Island

819 Grand Boulevard

Deer Park, NY  11729

Please write The Scott Martella Memorial Scholarship Fund on the envelope and on the memo section of your check.

All donations are tax deductible.


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Scott Martella began his life journey on Saturday, September 27, 1986. 


Born to Stephen and Stacy Martella of Smithtown, NY, Scott was the oldest of three siblings.  He was the embodiment of the strong values Stephen and Stacy instilled in all their children from an early age. He was a devoted fiancé, loving son, caring brother, loyal friend, remarkable mentor, dedicated public servant and a blessing to all the lives he touched.


Scott was an Ivy League scholar – intelligent, inquisitive and never one to shy away from a challenge. High school was where he met the love of his life, Shelbi Thurau, while pursuing his passion for theater. Along the way, he discovered his calling in government and public service, and served with distinction until his final days.


Scott graduated from Boston University in 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business & Economics.  He then earned a Master of Arts at Columbia University, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Politics and Education.


Even from a young age, Scott’s talents were undeniable and in 2008, he became the youngest person ever to be elected to the Smithtown School Board at the age of 22.  There, Scott helped to develop an environment that was academically challenging and socially fulfilling to the student body.


Scott’s greatest accomplishment came last year, when he asked the love of his life, Shelbi, to marry him, and she said “YES!” The couple lived happily in Northport, and was set to be married in April 2017.


Scott passed away tragically on Sunday, August 21, 2016. He was only 29 years old.


He was a rising star in the New York State political sphere and was a dedicated public servant who impacted thousands of lives across Long Island and the state.  Scott most recently served as Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s Director of Communications.  He was the spokesman for the county executive and was responsible for the day-to-day communications operations of the county.


Prior to joining the county, Scott served as a member of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration for nearly five years.  From 2011-2015, Scott was the Suffolk County Representative for the governor, before being promoted to serve as the Long Island Regional Representative for the New York State Department of Labor from July 2015 to June 2016.


Among his many accomplishments while working for the state, Scott served as a key liaison to the governor during Superstorm Sandy.  In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Scott’s keen understanding of the region and unrelenting work ethic helped to provide much-needed assistance to the thousands of Long Islanders who were impacted by the unprecedented event.


Scott additionally served as a policy advisor for the New York State Senate from 2009-2011 where he worked on issues affecting various communities throughout the state.


In addition to his love of theater, Scott was also a diehard New York sports fan and an avid marathoner.  Scott was also a mentor, a friend, and role model to so many people. 


He leaves behind his fiancée, Shelbi Thurau; his mother, Stacy; his father, Stephen; his brother, Bryan; his sister, Rebecca; a loving extended family and the thousands of lives he touched over his 29 years.



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