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College Awards Study Abroad Scholarships

 College Awards Study Abroad Scholarships

06/11/2013 

SUNY Cortland recently awarded a total of $37,150 in scholarships and $27,142 in exchange awards to help 66 of its students expand their educational horizons through study in European, African, South American and other countries.

The College will provide $37,150 in scholarships so the 66 students can study abroad during the 2013 summer session or fall semester.

Additionally SUNY Cortland, through its many exchange agreements with international universities, presented seven of the SUNY Cortland students with a total of almost $27,142 in tuition waivers at host institutions to help pay for international study during Fall 2013. These awards will save the students an average of roughly $3,878 apiece in tuition during their  transformative, study-abroad experiences.

The students will study in Australia, Belize, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom or Venezuela.

Seven different scholarships, ranging from $200 to $2,500, 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 the opportunity to experience other cultures and develop global awareness and intercultural competency,” 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.

“The number of SUNY Cortland students studying abroad has increased by about 27 percent in the past year, in part due to the scholarships generously provided by alumni and others who believe in the transformative opportunities an international experience can provide,” Schlarb said.

“Students can select from a variety of programs worldwide, including semester-long study, shorter-term faculty-led courses, internships, and student teaching. By participating in one of SUNY’s over 600 programs, students broaden their perspectives, build their confidence and enhance their skills in ways that will enrich their Cortland experience and pave the way for successful careers.”

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

Overseas Academic Program (OAP) scholarships are awarded to students accepted in a study abroad program. The scholarships range from $200 to $700 for summer recipients and $750 or $1,000 for fall recipients.

The OAP Award recipients for Summer 2013 are:

• Kristyn Alfonso, a sophomore speech and hearing science major from New Hampton, N.Y., for study in Cork, Ireland;

• Rebekah Andre, a junior communication studies major from Croghan, N.Y., for study in Westminster, U.K.;

• Justin Bailey, a sophomore communication studies major from Manhasset, N.Y., for study in Spain;

• Abigail Boduch, a sophomore speech and hearing science major from Manlius, N.Y., for study in Madrid, Spain;

• Daniel Bretscher, a junior political science major from Valley Stream, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Mallory Brownell, a sophomore childhood education major from Springville, N.Y., for study in Jamaica;

• Karissa Calamari, a senior English as a second language major from West Islip, N.Y., for study in Barcelona, Spain;

• Lauren Calcagnino, a sophomore speech and hearing science major from North Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Madrid, Spain;

• Deanna Caraccio, a junior biological sciences major from Massapequa Park, N.Y., for study in Belize;

• Davon Clarke, a junior childhood education major from Middletown, N.Y., for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Heather Connors, a junior childhood education major from Vestal, N.Y., for study at the Belize Teacher Institute;

• Britney Creed, a senior psychology major from Voorheesville, N.Y., for study in Belize;

• Jolene-Mychal Eaton, a graduate student in literacy education from Willet, N.Y., for study at the Belize Teacher Institute;

• Marianna Feger, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Pearl River, N.Y., for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Cassandra Heiman, a junior psychology major from Dansville, N.Y., for study in Cork, Ireland;

• Colleen Honan, a senior international studies major from Rouses Point, N.Y., for study in Poland;

• Emily Katz, a sophomore English as a second language major from Bearsville, N.Y., for study in Madrid, Spain;

• Jade Mackney, a junior early childhood/childhood education major from Hewlett, N.Y., for participation in Teach in Thailand;

• Emily Morehouse, a junior sociology major from Cortland, N.Y., for study in Nepal;

• Nicole Olson, a sophomore biomedical sciences major from Warners, N.Y., for study in Belize;

• Elizabeth O’Neill, a junior communication studies major from Old Bridge, N.J., for study in Ireland;

• Bianca Orecchio, a senior childhood education major from Brooklyn, N.Y., for participation in Teach in Thailand;

• Jennifer Petrosino, a junior adolescence education: English major from Brooklyn, N.Y., for study at University of Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Imani Purvis, a junior African American studies major from Brooklyn, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Jordan Rapa, a junior political science major from Seneca Falls, N.Y., for study in Italy;

• Madelyn Reilly, a freshman fitness development major from Farmingdale, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Jonathan Schwarz, a junior business economics major from Dix Hills, N.Y., for study in Westminster, U.K.;

• Ryan Shanley, a junior sociology major from Massapequa Park, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain;

• Kayla Stirpe, a junior childhood education major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain;

• Margaret Treiber, a junior childhood education major from Suffield, Conn., for participation in Teach in Thailand;

• Andrea Tubbs, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Newfield, N.Y., for study in Guatemala;

• Julia Tuttle, a junior speech and hearing science major from Penfield, N.Y., for study in Spain;

• LeighMarie Weber, a junior communication disorders and sciences major from Williston Park, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Matison Williams, a junior childhood education major from Washingtonville, N.Y., for participation in Teach in Thailand; and

• Kelsey Zambraski, a junior sociology major from LaGrangeville, N.Y., for study in Costa Rica.

The OAP Award recipients for Fall 2013 are:

• Michelle McGovern, a junior inclusive special education major from Wantagh, N.Y., for participation in the Australia Student Teaching Program;

• Konstantino Papakonstantis, a sophomore adolescence education: social studies and economics major from Holtsville, N.Y., for study in Queensland, Australia;

• Melissa Pena, a sophomore anthropology major from New York, N.Y., for study in Peru;

• Alexandria Rodriguez, a junior communications major from Lagrangeville, N.Y., for study at London Metropolitan University; and,

• Kerianne Trautmann, a senior early childhood/childhood education major from Hyde Park, N.Y., for participation in the Australia Student Teaching Program.

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 Summer 2013 recipients of an Uschald Scholarships are:

• Melanie Figueroa, a junior speech and hearing science major from New York, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Louisa Frick, a junior international studies major from Red Hook, N.Y., for study in Belize;

• Ashley Hill, a sophomore psychology major from Batavia, N.Y., for study in Belize;

• Michael Rosenthal, a junior political science major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Costa Rica;

• Caitlin Schweigler, a junior speech and language disabilities major from Mahopac, N.Y., for study in Ireland;

• Alicia Vinciguerra, master’s candidate for teaching students with disabilities from North Syracuse, N.Y., for participation in the Belize Teacher Institute;

• Tatyana Walker, a senior political science major from Astoria, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa; and,

• Sarah Wyhowanec, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Bayport, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain.

The Fall 2013 recipients of an Uschald Scholarships are:

• Emily Corsie, a junior criminology major from Stony Point, N.Y., for study at London Metropolitan University;

• Chelsea Murray, a junior inclusive special education major from Islip, N.Y., for participation in the Australia Student Teaching Program;

• Brittany Stallwood, a senior early childhood/childhood education major from Melrose, N.Y., for participation in the Australia Student Teaching Program; and,

• Jillian Wholey, a junior exercise science major from Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., for study in England.

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 $2,500 for Fall 2013 was awarded to:

• Jake Katz, a sophomore sport management major from Sparta, N.J., for study at the London Metropolitan University.

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 $1,500 scholarship for Fall 2013 is:

• Kirsten Kling, a junior anthropology major from Lima, N.Y., for study in Italy.

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 of the study abroad experience on her own life and to acknowledge the College’s study abroad program founder, Willi Uschald. The $1,000 scholarship for Fall 2013 was awarded to:

• Charlotte Heavern, a junior inclusive special education major from Hamburg, N.Y., for study at VENUSA College, Venezuela.

Charles A. Gibson Scholarship

The Charles A. Gibson Scholarship, which was created in 1998, awards students participating in a study abroad program outside the Western Hemisphere who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. Two scholarships were awarded for $750 each for study in the fall of 2013 to:

• Annmarie Calbo, a senior adolescence education: mathematics major from Islip Terrace, N.Y., for participation in the Australia Student Teaching Program; and,

• Lauren Dunphy, a junior inclusive special education major from Bethpage, N.Y., for participating in the Australia Student Teaching Program.

Recipients of $1,000 Charles A. Gibson scholarships for the fall of 2013 are:

• Marilyn Farrell, a sophomore childhood education major from Fayetteville, N.Y., for study at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in New Zealand; and

• Jaclyn Yonta, a junior childhood education major from Cortland, N.Y., for participation in the Australia Student Teaching Program. 

Exchange Awards

For this award cycle, the College presented seven SUNY Cortland students with exchange awards resulting from the agreements it has with 11 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 $8,270 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 the fall of 2013 are:

• Ana Antonio, a sophomore adolescence education: Spanish major from New York, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain;

• Jillian Murphy, a senior community health major from Wantagh, N.Y., for study in Griffith, Australia;

• Kenisah Rohadfox, a sophomore psychology major from Syracuse, for study in Fulda, Germany;

• Margaret Romanowski, a junior history major from Garden City, N.Y., for study in Cork, Ireland;

• Lauren Scotti, a senior adolescence education: social studies and history from Farmingdale, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain;

• Jillian Weeks, a sophomore early childhood/childhood education major from Queensbury, N.Y., for study in Ballarat, Australia; and,

• Sara Young, a sophomore biomedical sciences major from Lyons Falls, N.Y., for study in Fulda, Germany.

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