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Home » Recent News » Disney Studios Honors Former AFM EMSD Director with Memorial Scholarship

Disney Studios Honors Former AFM EMSD Director with Memorial Scholarship


On June 23, the Patrick M. Varriale Memorial Music Scholarship was presented to 5th-grade graduate Makrine Mgeladze. The young pianist attends Morris H. Weiss Elementary School, P.S. 215, Brooklyn, New York, the same elementary school that former AFM Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) Director Varriale graduated from many years earlier.

The $500 scholarship for outstanding performance in music was organized by the Walt Disney Studios Music Team to recognize Varriale’s 48-year career as an advocate for musicians and his work as AFM EMSD director. Disney Studios Music Team members and other colleagues who worked with Varriale over his long career made donations in his honor.

The certificate reads, in part, “Our beloved friend passed away on May 13, 2022. He would have been proud of your musical prowess!”

“With the passing of Pat, an era of the AFM also has passed. The lineage of legacy leaders of the AFM culminated with Pat’s service to the industry and AFM members. We are deeply indebted and grateful to him for the character and integrity that he manifested,” says Robert Johnson, SVP Labor Relations, Walt Disney Studios.

Presenting the certificate (L-R): Mrs. Patricia Varriale and AFM Secretary-Treasurer Jay Blumenthal with scholarship winner Makrine Mgeladze.

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