When Steve Sciulli ’75 was in third grade, his father passed away. His aunt introduced him to Milton Hershey School, and his family decided he should apply.
“I applied, was accepted, and spent fifth grade until I graduated there,” Steve said. “It was one of the greatest things that ever happened in my life.”
It took time for Steve to adjust to life at MHS, but he eventually made friends that would last a lifetime—friends that stood up for each other, treated each other with respect, and supported one another.
“My houseparents, teachers, and the administration helped raise me, but the kids I lived with—the guys I grew up with—made a big [impact] in my life,” Steve explained. “They helped raise me and made me who I am today. Without them and without being at the school, I would have nothing compared to what I have now.”
Steve remembers working together with his housemates to stack hay in the barns on the MHS campus. Working with his peers taught him lessons about work ethic and relationship-building that impact the way he views the world.
“They taught me how to respect other people. They taught me how to work hard,” he said. “We didn’t want to see something happen to somebody we cared about. We loved each other and weren’t going to put anybody in a position where they could get hurt.”
When he graduated from MHS, Steve worked in the plumbing and heating field until he began doing inspections and building evaluations which led him to a career in insurance. He worked his way through the industry as an underwriter in marketing before starting a career in insurance sales where he has worked for the last 30 years.
“I love the work. I get to meet a lot of different people,” Steve explained. “I think that’s one of the things Milton Hershey School has helped me with, because I dealt with all kinds of different people there. I experienced different spectrums of personalities, and it has been a good thing for me.”
As he reflects on his life and the trajectory of his career, Steve can’t help but encourage MHS students to find their passion and stay open to change.
“Keep your options open, listen, and don’t be afraid to change tracks once you start something,” said Steve. “It’s a long life. There are a lot of things out there. Do what makes you happy, and as you’re doing it, do it with a passion.”