SUNY Cortland recently awarded nearly $17,000 in scholarships to help 22 students expand their educational horizons in Australia, Europe or South America.
The students will study in Belize, Costa Rica, Spain, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany or France this summer or during the fall semester. Six different scholarships with awards ranging from $400 to $2,500 were offered through the College’s James M. Clark Center for International Education.
“We believe all students should have potentially transformational experiences as part of their college education,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “By studying abroad, students are immersed in a new culture and given an opportunity to develop a much broader and more diverse view of the world. Scholarships help make this experience affordable for many deserving SUNY Cortland students who might otherwise not have the opportunity.”
Recipients were selected based on criteria that included high academic achievement, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities, a personal essay and letters of recommendation.
A description of the six scholarships and the students who won each award appear below:
Overseas Academic Program (OAP) Award
Overseas Academic Program (OAP) scholarships are awarded to students accepted in a study abroad program. The scholarship is $400 for summer recipients and $500 or $1,000 for fall recipients. The OAP Award recipients for the summer of 2011 are:
• Christine Capobianco, a senior adolescence education: social studies major from Glen Cove, N.Y., to attend the Belize Summer Teacher Institute; and,
• Kaitlyn Jaskot, a sophomore childhood education major from Blauvelt, N.Y., for study in Konstantz, Germany.
The OAP Award recipients of $500 for the fall of 2011 are:
• Monica Bailey, a junior biological sciences major from Buffalo, N.Y., for study in York, United Kingdom;
• Katilyn Boehm, a senior childhood education major from Port Washington, N.Y., to complete her student teaching in Australia;
• Jessie Ford, a senior physical education major from Westbury, N.Y., to complete her student teaching in Australia;
• Chelsea Leon, a senior psychology major from Northport, N.Y., for study in Dunedin, New Zealand;
• Sara Pick, a senior childhood education major from Westmoreland, N.Y., to complete her student teaching in Australia; and,
• Jillian Walsh, a senior physical education major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to complete her student teaching in Australia.
The OAP Award recipients of $1,000 for the fall of 2011 are:
• Brianna Carolini, a senior childhood education major from Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., to complete student teaching in Australia; and,
• Abdoul Diallo, a junior international studies major from Bronx, N.Y., for study in LaRochelle, France.
Willi Uschald Scholarship
Created in 1991, the Uschald Study Abroad Scholarship is named for Willi A. Uschald, emeritus professor of foreign languages and director emeritus of international programs at SUNY Cortland. Uschald Scholarships are open to students accepted to a study abroad program who are U.S. citizens.
The Summer 2011 recipients of the $875 scholarships are:
• Mallory Gorman, a sophomore adolescence education: Spanish major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in San Jose and Costa Rica;
• Maria Leonardi, a senior childhood education major from Spencer, N.Y., for study in Barcelona, Spain; and,
• Jenna Wright, a senior childhood education major from Lockwood, N.Y., for study in the Dominican Republic.
The Fall 2011 Uschald Award recipients of $1,000 are:
• Laura Emerling, a senior speech and hearing science major from Williamsville, N.Y., for study in Queensland, Australia;
• Grace Wheeler, a senior international studies and anthropology major from Ballston Lake, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain;
• Morgan White, a senior English major from Binghamton, N.Y., for study at London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom; and,
• Dustin Verga, a senior physical education major from Delmar, N.Y., to complete student teaching in Australia.
Gregory R. Huether ’10 Scholarship
A scholarship was created in 2010 by Ronald and Marguerite Huether and family, who wished to honor the memory of their son, Gregory R. Huether ’10, and the wonderful international education experience he had through SUNY Cortland. The Gregory R. Huether ’10 European Sport Study Seminar Memorial Scholarship offers the College’s sport management majors an opportunity to attend the annual European Sport Study Seminar. The inaugural scholarship of $2,500 for Summer 2011 was awarded to:
• Rebecca Rooney, a senior sport management major from Middletown, N.Y., for an internship in Australia.
Gail Reed ’67 Scholarship
Created in 2007, the Gail Reed ’67 Scholarship is open to students who are U.S citizens and accepted to a study abroad program in destinations other than Great Britain for the sake of encouraging cross-cultural experiences. Reed created the scholarship to recognize the profound impact studying abroad had on her own life and to acknowledge the College’s study abroad program founder, Willi Uschald. The $500 scholarship for Fall 2011 is awarded to:
• Jessica Wilson, a senior childhood education and mathematics major from Medford, N.Y., to complete her student teaching in Australia.
Kevin A. Rowell ’83 Award
SUNY Cortland graduate Kevin A. Rowell ’83 created the award in 1998 to support the overseas studies of a student who has participated in club sports, student government and volunteer work. The recipient of the $750 for the fall of 2011 is:
• Heather Schowe, a senior childhood education major from South New Berlin, N.Y., to complete her student teaching in Australia.
Marcia Spaeth McDermott Scholarship
The Marcia Spaeth McDermott Professional Study Abroad Scholarship was created in 2009 by the late Professor Emerita Marcia Spaeth McDermott, former acting dean of the School of Professional Studies, to support the overseas studies of a SUNY Cortland student majoring in a School of Professional Studies program. The recipient of the $750 scholarship for the fall of 2011 is:
• Vanessa Gibson, a senior outdoor recreation major from Auburn, N.Y., for an internship in Belize.
For more information on the study abroad scholarships, contact the James M. Clark Center for International Education at (607) 753-2209.