SUNY Cortland recently awarded more than $54,000 in scholarships and exchange awards to help 64 students expand their educational horizons through study in Chile, Turkey, India, Germany and many other countries.
The College, through its International Programs Office, will provide $43,460 in scholarships so 62 students can study abroad during the 2015 winter session or spring semester. Additionally, through the IPO’s many exchange agreements with international universities, two SUNY Cortland students will receive tuition waivers and grants totaling $11,095 in exchange value to help pay for their international study.
Along with a more than 15 percent increase in direct scholarship funding since last year, the College is giving scholarships to a growing number of students asking for them.
“To advance our Generation Study Abroad goal of doubling the number of Cortland students studying abroad by 2020, we strive to help students identify resources to support their participation and provide programs that are affordable, academically relevant to their studies, and aligned with their personal and professional goals,” said Mary Schlarb, director of international programs.
She was referring to the College’s participation, announced last March, in a national initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE).
“Members of the SUNY Cortland family contribute to these efforts in many ways, from supporting scholarship funds, to encouraging students to explore the world, to providing the flexible administrative support required when working across international boundaries,” Schlarb said.
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 scholarships and the award recipients appears below:
Overseas Academic Program (OAP) Award
Overseas Academic Program (OAP) scholarships are awarded to students accepted in a study abroad program. The scholarship is for amounts between $200 and $400 for winter recipients and between $500 and $950 for spring recipients.
Three winter 2015 OAP recipients traveled abroad for fieldwork related to a course in Belize: History, Arts and Culture:
• Dylan Ferrier, a senior history major from Middletown, N.Y.;
• Kelli Grossmann, a sophomore art and art history major from Miller Place, N.Y.; and,
• Amanda Sacca, a junior speech and hearing science major from Latham, N.Y.
Two winter 2015 OAP winners used their scholarship for academic work at Fulda University, Germany:
• Justine Marschner, a junior communication studies major from Nassau, N.Y.; and,
• Elizabeth Saltman, a junior sociology major from Huntington, N.Y.
|A SUNY Cortland student shares a moment with new friends made during her African continent study abroad experience.|
Additional spring 2015 OAP Scholarship winners include:
• Morgan Blueglass, a senior psychology major from Mahopac, N.Y., to complete a Projects Abroad service learning assignment in Jamaica;
• Samantha DeCarlo, a senior psychology major from Canastota, N.Y., for studies in New Zealand through SUNY Brockport;
• Adrianna Holness, a senior political science major from Huntington Station, N.Y., to complete an internship in Belize;
• Kellie Lynch, a senior art and art history major from Stony Brook, N.Y., for scholarship in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, through SUNY Fredonia;
• Sheryl Mathew, a junior speech and hearing science major from Sparkill, N.Y., for academic work in the Dominican Republic through University at Albany;
• Sarah Prieto, a junior inclusive special education major from East Elmhurst, N.Y., to complete an international education experience in Costa Rica;
• Matthew Savino, a senior criminology major from Seaford, N.Y., for studies in Italy and Greece through SUNY Brockport;
• Katherine Stroman, a junior speech and hearing science major from Binghamton, N.Y., for scholarship at the Spanish Language Institute in Mexico.
• Lauren Vass, a senior childhood/early childhood education major from Elmont, N.Y., for academic work in Greece through SUNY Brockport; and,
• Aubrey VanDeusen-Ingraham, a junior history major from Chenango Forks, N.Y., for studies in Santiago, Chile, through University at Albany.
Six spring 2015 OAP winners used their award for scholarship at the University of La Rochelle in France:
• Cosette Austin, a sophomore communication studies major from East Northport, N.Y.;
• Ivy Donahue, a senior French major from Binghamton, N.Y.;
• Melissa Duluc, a senior English major from New City, N.Y.;
• Alyssa Morga, a junior international studies major from Massapequa, N.Y.;
• Amanda Rose, a sophomore criminology major from New Paltz, N.Y.; and,
• Alyssa Smeding, a sophomore business economics major from East Northport, N.Y.
Three spring 2015 OAP winners used their award to complete their student teaching requirement in Australia:
• Padraic Bailey, a senior physical education major from Niskayuna, N.Y.;
• Megan Demody, a senior childhood/early childhood education major from Syracuse, N.Y.; and,
• Mary Kopcienski, a senior physical education major from Spencerport, N.Y.
Three spring 2015 OAP winners used their award for scholarship at the University of Salamanca in Spain:
• Valerie Alvarez, a sophomore physical education major from Wood Ridge, N.J.;
• Darien Cruz, a sophomore exercise science major from Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; and,
• Elizabeth Gomez, a sophomore teaching English as a second language major from Plainview, N.Y.
Two spring 2015 OAP winners used their award for scholarship in the United Kingdom at London Metropolitan University:
• Sarah Cerbone, a sophomore communication studies major from Tarrytown, N.Y.; and,
• Cory Laga, a junior sport management major from Park Ridge, N.J.
Two spring 2015 OAP winners used their award for studies in Ireland at University College Cork:
• Kelley McGinnis, a sophomore inclusive special education major from Livonia, N.Y.; and,
• Stephanie Clarkin, a junior adolescence education: mathematics major from Commack, N.Y.
Two spring 2015 OAP winners used their award for academic work at Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany:
• Adriana Babak, a junior exercise science major from Valhalla, N.Y.: and,
• Lauren Vaughan, a junior physical education major from Fayetteville, N.Y.
Additional spring 2015 OAP winners used their scholarship as follows:
• Melissa Pena, a senior anthropology major from New York City, to complete an independent internship in Otavalo, Ecuador;
• Amy Sander, a sophomore exercise science major from Lake George, N.Y., for studies in Australia at Griffith University; and,
• Henry Zagaja, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Centerport, N.Y., to attend Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica.
|These SUNY Cortland students had a close look at nature during their study trip to Belize.|
Charles A. Gibson Study Abroad Scholarship
The Charles A. Gibson Scholarship since 1998 has awarded students participating in a study abroad program outside the Western Hemisphere who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. Eight scholarships of $800 or $560 were awarded in spring 2015.
Two spring 2015 Gibson Scholarship winners used their award for scholarship at Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany:
• Shawana Miller, a sophomore athletic training major from Sinclairville, N.Y.: and,
• Gavin Shulock, a junior business economics major from Kings Park, N.Y.
Two spring 2015 Gibson Scholarship winners used their award to study abroad through SUNY Oswego programs:
• Kathryn Dalton, a sophomore psychology major from Liverpool, N.Y., traveled to Dublin, Ireland; and,
• Marissa Travis, a junior psychology major from Cortland, N.Y., visited Barcelona, Spain.
The remaining spring 2015 Gibson Scholarship winners used their awards as follows:
• Leah Goldstein, a sophomore adolescence education: Spanish major from Bellerose, N.Y., for studies at the University of Salamanca in Spain;
• Samantha Lee, a sophomore French major from Camillus, N.Y., for scholarship in France at the University of La Rochelle;
• Tevin Smith, a junior political science major from Huntington, N.Y., for academic work in Istanbul, Turkey through SUNY Oswego; and,
• Erica Thompson, a senior criminology major from Clay, N.Y., for studies in Florence, Italy through Stony Brook University.
Clark Center Five Continent Scholarship
Created in 2012 by the James M. Clark Center for International Education, the scholarship was developed with funds from the Rozanne M. Brooks Foundation. The award supports an outstanding student for study in a non-English-speaking country, with preference given to students planning to study in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America or Central/Eastern Europe/Eurasia.
• Amanda Sibbitts, a junior biomedical science major from Homer, N.Y., conducted academic work in Mangalore, India at St. Aloysius College
Clark Center Study Abroad Scholarship
The James M. Clark Center for International Education annually gives one $800 scholarship to a student from an under-represented group for a semester-long study abroad experience. The recipient is chosen based on academic achievement and financial need. This year’s recipient was:
• Ridi Dauti, a junior coaching major from East Elmhurst, N.Y., for studies at Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany.
Gregory R. Huether ’10 Scholarship
A scholarship created in 2010 by Ronald and Marguerite Huether and family honors the memory of their son. The Gregory R. Huether ’10 European Sport Study Seminar Memorial Scholarship offers the College’s sport management majors $2,500 for spring 2015. The recipient is:
• Megan Leysath, a junior sport management major from Fredonia, N.Y., for scholarship in Florence, Italy through Stony Brook University.
Marcia Spaeth McDermott Scholarship
The Marcia Spaeth McDermott Professional Study Abroad Scholarship was created in 2009 by the late, former acting dean of the School of Professional Studies, to support the overseas studies of a SUNY Cortland student majoring in a school program. The recipient of the $500 scholarship for Spring 2015 is:
• Dylan Tracy, a sophomore physics and engineering major from Cobleskill, N.Y., for academic work at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
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 spring 2015 recipient of this $1,500 award is:
• Kayla Douglas, a senior international studies major from Lockport, N.Y., for studies at St. Aloysius College in India.
Willi Uschald Scholarship
|A student savors a moment in front of a great cathedral of Europe while studying overseas.|
Created in 1991, the Uschald Study Abroad Scholarship is named for Willi A. Uschald, professor emeritus of foreign languages and director emeritus of international programs. Uschald Scholarships are open to students accepted to a study abroad program who are U.S. citizens. Seven spring 2015 recipients were awarded between $500 and $950.
Two students received the scholarship to attend the University of Salamanca, Spain:
• Elizabeth Mundy, a sophomore business economics major from Bellmore, N.Y.; and,
• Shareefah Pereira, a junior childhood/early childhood education major from Endicott, N.Y.
Two students received the scholarship for studies at Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, Germany:
• Austin Horovitz-Tennenbaum, a junior physical education major from North Bellmore, N.Y.: and,
• Sean Lord, a senior fitness development major from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Additional spring 2015 Uschald Scholarship winners include:
• Esosa Aideyan, a freshman psychology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., to attend Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica;
• David Paulino, a senior international studies major from the Bronx, for academic work in Universidad de Granada, Spain, through SUNY Brockport; and,
• Meghan Rebholz, a sophomore inclusive special education major from Rochester, N.Y., for studies in Barcelona, Spain through SUNY Oswego.
Chin Memorial Scholarship
The Yuki and Wah Chip Chin Memorial Scholarship supports students at SUNY Cortland from Capital Normal University in Beijing, other Mainland China universities and other Asian countries, as well as SUNY Cortland students wishing to study in Asia. Three natives of Japan and one of South Korea used their spring 2015 Chin Scholarships of $1,625 apiece for studies at SUNY Cortland. They are:
• Kazuki Nakamura, a senior sport management major from Osaka, Japan;
• Yuka Okuzumi, a senior business economics major from Naha, Japan;
• Yuka Tamura, a junior sport management major from Saitama, Japan; and,
• Jisang Kim, a senior art and art history major from South Korea who is a U.S. permanent resident living in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Spring 2015 recipient of a $950 Chin Scholarship is:
• Yanjun Li, a sophomore physics and engineering major from Brooklyn, N.Y., for academic work in Hong Kong, administrative district of China, through Stony Brook University.
The College presented two SUNY Cortland students with exchange awards resulting from agreements with some of the College’s 25 international partner universities. The partner universities have agreed to waive tuition for students involved in the exchange so that an award recipient pays only the SUNY tuition for the study abroad opportunity. Spring 2015 recipients are:
• Amy Sander, a sophomore exercise studies major from Lake George, N.Y., for studies at Griffith University in Australia; and,
• Valerie Alvarez, a sophomore communication studies major from Wood Ridge, N.J., for academic work at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
For more information on the scholarships, contact the International Programs Office at 607-753-2209 or visit the website cortland.edu/studyabroad.