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College Provides $65,300 in Study Abroad Awards

 College Provides $65,300 in Study Abroad Awards

01/06/2012 

SUNY Cortland recently awarded a total of $65,300 in scholarships and exchange awards to help 34 of its students expand their educational horizons through study in China, Germany, Australia or other countries.

The College will provide $20,300 in scholarships so 24 students can study abroad during the 2012 winter session or spring semester.

Additionally SUNY Cortland, through its many exchange agreements with international universities, presented 10 SUNY Cortland students with a total of almost $45,000 in tuition waivers at host institutions to help pay for international study during the Spring of 2012. These awards will save the students an average of roughly $4,500 apiece in tuition during their transformative, study-abroad experiences.

The 34 students will study in Australia, Belize, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Spain or the United Kingdom.

Seven different scholarships, ranging from $400 to $3,000, were awarded. They are managed along with the exchange awards through the College’s International Programs Office.

“We believe every SUNY Cortland student should have access to the transformational intercultural experience an education abroad can provide,” said Mary Schlarb, director of international programs.

The International Programs Office recently replaced the James M. Clark Center for International Education as the College’s manager of study abroad programs and provider of related support services.

“Students can choose from more than 600 SUNY exchange, faculty-led and internship programs abroad, each offering an opportunity to enhance their academic learning, broaden their perspectives and develop confidence and skills that will serve them in their personal and professional lives,” she said. “These study abroad scholarships help put these opportunities within the reach of every deserving student.”

Recipients for the scholarships and exchange awards 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 seven scholarships and the students who won each award appear below:

Overseas Academic Program (OAP) Award

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SUNY Cortland students transform their scholarly lives among ceramic artifacts in China.

Overseas Academic Program (OAP) scholarships are awarded to students accepted in a study abroad program. The scholarship is $500 or $400 for winter recipients and $1,000 or $500 for spring recipients. The OAP Award recipients of $500 for Winter 2012 are:

• Kelly Caulfield, a  junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Smithtown, N.Y., for study in Cuernavaca, Mexico;

• Rachel Epstein, a senior speech language pathology major from Depew, N.Y., for study in Portugal, Spain, Morocco and France;

• Rachel Kolod, a junior childhood education major from East Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Rome and Florence, Italy.

The OAP Award recipient of $400 for Winter 2012 is:

• Tara Donnino, a junior psychology major from East Northport, N.Y., for study in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The OAP Award recipient of $1,000 for the Spring 2012 is:

• Bianca Hendricks, a senior community health major from Brooklyn, N.Y., for an internship in Ghana.

The OAP Award recipients of $500 for Spring 2012 are:

• Rhiannon Jardim, a junior sport management major from Greenville, N.Y., for study in Barcelona, Spain;

• Kyle Dillingham, a senior communication studies major from Laurel, N.Y., for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Madison Giannattasio, a junior adolescence education: English major from Commack, N.Y., for study in Cumbria, United Kingdom;

• Jennifer Langer, a senior inclusive special education major from North Woodmere, N.Y., for study in Florence, Italy; and,

• Courtney McKee, a junior psychology major from Baldwinsville, N.Y., for an internship in Belize.

Yuki Chin Scholarship

The Yuki Chin Scholarship supports exchange students at SUNY Cortland from Capital Normal University in Beijing, other Mainland China universities and other Asian countries. It also supports SUNY Cortland students wishing to study in Asia. The scholarship was created by Chinese native Wah Chip Chin and his Japanese-born wife, Yuki,. During their lives, the local Cortland couple opened their hearts and home to visiting Chinese students. Wah Chip survived his wife, establishing the scholarship in his estate in 2003.

The Spring 2012 recipient of the $1,000 Yuki Chin Scholarship is:

• Valerie Smith, a senior geography major from Auburn, N.Y., for study in Beijing, China. She is the first individual SUNY Cortland student to be awarded the stipend for study abroad, although the scholarship has been used to offset the expenses of a SUNY Cortland class that travels to China.

Willi Uschald Scholarship

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 at SUNY Cortland. Uschald Scholarships are open to students accepted to a study abroad program who are U.S. citizens.

The Spring 2012 recipients of $1,000 are:

• Cruise Dittus, a junior fitness development major from Queensbury, N.Y., for study in Cologne, Germany;

• Michael Montana, a sophomore criminology major from New City, N.Y., for study at Griffith University, Australia;

• Christine Mosich, a junior childhood education and mathematics dual major from Penn Yan, N.Y., for study at University of Chester, United Kingdom; and,

• Hannah Murphy, a sophomore adolescence education: Spanish major from Baldwinsville, N.Y., for study at University of Salamanca in Spain.

The Spring 2012 recipients of $950 are:

• Evelyn Botwe, a senior community health major from Bronx, N.Y., for an internship in Belize;

• Amalia Reyes, a senior Spanish major from Huntington, N.Y., for study in Barcelona, Spain;

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American visitors from SUNY Cortland explore an international coast on horseback.

• Emily Rowse, a junior communication studies major from East Greenbush, N.Y., for study at London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom; and,

• Thomas Welch, a junior fitness development major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Cologne, Germany.

The Spring 2012 recipient of the $850 scholarship is:

• Christine Justiniano, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Mountaindale, N.Y., for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica.

Gregory R. Huether ’10 Scholarship

Created in 2010 by Ronald and Marguerite Huether and family, 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 scholarship of $3,000 for Spring 2012 was awarded to:

• John Recordon, a sophomore sport management major from Boiling Springs, Pa., for study at Griffith University, 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 recipients of the $750 for Spring 2012 are:

• Stephanie Hopkins, a junior adolescence education: social studies and history major from Hawthorne, N.Y., for study at London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom; and,

• Rebecca Sullinger, a sophomore kinesiology major from Suffern, N.Y., for study in Cumbria, United Kingdom.

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 Spring 2012 is:

• Shannon McHugh, a sophomore health education major from Sparta, N.Y., for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica.

Exchange Awards

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American students including ones from SUNY Cortland shared a moment together during their study abroad experience.

For this award cycle, the College presented 10 SUNY Cortland students with exchange awards resulting from the agreements it has with some 25 international universities, Schlarb added. The partner universities involved on both sides have agreed to waive tuition for students involved in the exchange. For example, an award recipient pays only the SUNY tuition for the duration of the study abroad opportunity, saving in some cases $9,600 in tuition expense from the foreign university. At times, two or more SUNY Cortland students attending one university will split one exchange award.

Recipients of exchange awards for Spring 2012 are:

• Heather Bailey, a junior psychology major from Pittsford, N.Y., received an exchange award of $4,640 for study at University College of Cork, Ireland;

• Emily Clifford, a junior undecided major from Baldwin, N.Y., won an exchange award of $4,640 for study at University College of Cork, Ireland;

• Taylor Hartley, a sophomore physical education major from Fairport, N.Y., was presented with an exchange award of $9,600 for study at University of Ballarat, Australia;

• Claire Moore, a junior physical education major from Glasco, N.Y., was selected for an exchange award of $9,600 for study at University of Ballarat, Australia;

• Nicholas Heintz, a sophomore business economics major from Vernon Center, N.Y., received an exchange award of $3,312 for study in University of Griffith, Australia;

• Richard Jarvis, a sophomore business economics major from Westbury, N.Y., was chosen for an exchange award of $3,312 for study at University of Griffith, Australia;

• Stefanie Meyers, a senior psychology major from Fairport, N.Y., earned an exchange award of $3,312 for study at University of Griffith, Australia;

• Rachel Hendrix, a senior early childhood and childhood education major from Merrick, N.Y., was granted an exchange award of $1,522 for study at University of Salamanca, Spain;

• Eleanor Troy, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Cortland, N.Y., received an exchange award of $1,522 for study at University of Salamanca, Spain; and,

• Tricia Stevens, a senior adolescence education: Spanish major from Richland, N.Y., was selected for an exchange award of $3,480 for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica.

For more information on the study abroad scholarships, contact the International Programs Office at (607) 753-5989.