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Overseas Scholarships and Awards Flourish

 Overseas Scholarships and Awards Flourish

06/24/2012 

SUNY Cortland recently awarded approximately $70,500 in scholarships and exchange awards to help 66 of its students expand their educational horizons through study in Ghana, Turkey, Peru or other countries.

The College will provide $42,575 in scholarships so 59 students can study abroad during the 2012 summer session or fall semester; and for two students awarded after the fact. Additionally SUNY Cortland, through its many exchange agreements with international universities, presented seven SUNY Cortland students with a total of almost $28,000 in tuition waivers and grants at host institutions to help pay for international study during the Fall of 2012.

Six different SUNY Cortland scholarships, ranging in size from $300 to $2,500, were awarded. They are managed along with the exchange awards through the College’s International Programs Office. The students will study in Australia, Belize, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine or the United Kingdom.

“We aim to give every SUNY Cortland student the opportunity to have an overseas educational experience at least once during their studies,” said Mary Schlarb, director of international programs.

“Through the generous scholarship contributions of College alumni and friends who believe in the transformational power of intercultural experiences, along with our tuition exchange agreements, careful program budgeting and financial aid, every eligible student can afford to participate in at least one of SUNY’s 600-plus exchange, faculty-led and internship study abroad programs.”

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 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 $300 to $750 for summer recipients and $500 to $750 for fall recipients. The OAP Award recipients of $750 for Summer 2012 are:

• Dana Cole, a senior adolescence education: Spanish major from Cazenovia, N.Y., for study in Spain through SUNY New Paltz;

• Ashley Garry, a senior childhood education major from East Meadow, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Charlotte Heavern, a junior inclusive special education major from Hamburg, N.Y., for study in Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Melissa Howard, a junior adolescence education: social studies and history dual major from Hyde Park, N.Y., for study in Turkey through Binghamton University;

• Talia Parisi, a junior adolescence education: mathematics major from Seaport, N.Y., for study in Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Danielle Payne, a senior international studies major from Cortland, for study in Hamburg, Germany;

African children
A scholar from SUNY Cortland captured these African children arrayed in festival wear.

• Marilyn Scribner, a junior childhood/early childhood education major from South Salem, N.Y., for study in Italy through Stony Brook University;

• Amanda Slattery, a junior psychology major from Ithaca, N.Y., for study in Dingle, Ireland; and,

• Claire Wickersham, a senior speech and hearing science major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Cork, Ireland.

The OAP Award recipients of $300 to $700 for Summer 2012 are:

• Khalia Brown, a junior speech and hearing science major from Brooklyn, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Patricia Langdon, a sophomore undeclared major from Bellport, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Jessica Palmer, a senior early childhood education major from Mohegan Lake, N.Y., for study in Peru through SUNY Geneseo;

• Gabrielle Lantier, a senior Spanish and childhood education dual major from South Setauket, N.Y., for study in Veritas, Costa Rica

• Rosalie McKee, a junior communication studies major from Slingerlands, N.Y., for study in Spain through University at Albany;

• Kathryn Bruno, a junior childhood/early childhood education major from Seaford, N.Y., for study in Italy through Stony Brook University;

• Madelyn Howes, a junior physical education major from Oyster Bay, N.Y., for study in Australia through SUNY Brockport;

• Marissa Merson, a senior education and Spanish dual major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for study in Peru through SUNY Geneseo;

• Rachel Orrico, a junior childhood/early childhood education major from East Amherst, N.Y., for study in Italy through Stony Brook University;

• Melissa Tierney, a sophomore undeclared major from Irvington, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Emily Cochrane, a senior business economics major from Ravena, N.Y., for an internship in Belize;

• Brittany Harden, a senior sociology major from Wallkill, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa;

• Robert Poliszuk, a senior exercise science major from Webster, N.Y., for study in Veritas, Costa Rica;

• AnnMarie Scoppettone, a senior sociology major from Holbrook, N.Y., for study in Italy through  Stony Brook University;

• Lorraine Campanaro, a senior childhood education major from Mohegan Lake, to participate in the Belize Summer Teacher Institute;

• Abdoul Diallo, a senior international studies and French dual major from Bronx, N.Y., for an internship in Belize Internship;

• Hillary Shippee, a senior inclusive special education major from Fort Edward, N.Y., for an internship in Belize Internship; and,

• Nicholas Kolod, a senior adolescence education: social studies and history dual major from Cortland, to take part in the Belize Summer Teacher Institute.

The OAP Award recipients of $750 for Fall 2012 are:

• Madison Messina, a junior professional writing major from Oneonta, N.Y., for study in London through SUNY New Paltz; and,

• Samantha Sand, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Bellmore, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain.

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

 • Susan Caccavale, a junior adolescence education: French and Spanish major from Schenectady, N.Y., for study in LaRochelle, France;

• Dana Cannatella, a senior early childhood education major from Lynnbrook, N.Y., to complete the student teaching requirement at a school in Australia;

• Zuri Delfosse, a junior adolescence education: mathematics major from Bayshore, N.Y., for study in Italy through Stony Brook University;

• Sharon Girgenti, a senior childhood education major from Norwich, N.Y., to complete her student teaching requirement at a school in Australia;

• Caitlin Lanigan, a junior community health major from Buffalo, N.Y., Australia through SUNY Fredonia;

• Emily Mittelman Freeman, a junior musical theatre major from Bellmore, for study in London through SUNY New Paltz;

• Alicia Murdock, a senior adolescence education: French and Spanish major from Black River, N.Y., for study in LaRochelle, France;

• Jessica Nickles, a senior adolescence education: mathematics major from Rochester, to complete her student teaching requirement at a school in Australia;

• Alyson Prunier, a senior biology major from Cortland, for study in Spain through SUNY Oswego; and,

• Ashley Quent, a senior childhood education major from Babylon, N.Y., to complete her student teaching requirement at a school in Australia.

 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 2012 Uschald Award recipients of $750 are:

• Siobhan Brady, a senior childhood/early childhood education major from Valley Cottage, N.Y., for study in Italy through Broome Community College;

• Kelsie Foster, a junior new media design major from Elmira, N.Y., for study in Dingle, Ireland;

• Taylor Garry, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Oneida, N.Y., for study in Spain through Binghamton University;

• Rebecca Hall, a senior childhood education major from Seneca Castle, N.Y., for study in Cork and Dingle, Ireland;

• Ashleigh Mulcahy, a senior international studies major from Massapequa Park, N.Y., for study in Ghana, Africa.

The Summer 2012 Uschald Award recipients of $600 are:

• Amanda Fossli, a senior adolescence education: Spanish major from Yorktown Heights, for study in Spain through University at Albany;

• Very Moraza, a junior health education major from Bronx, for study in Ghana, Africa.

The Fall 2012 Uschald Award recipient of $1,500 is:

• Elise Thorsen, a senior psychology major from East Hampton, N.Y., for study in Spain through SUNY Oswego.

The Fall 2012 Uschald Award recipients of $1,000 are:

Seaside in Europe
This quintessentially European seaside vignette was photographed by a SUNY Cortland student experiencing an international education.

• Zhuo Chen, a junior economics major from New York, N.Y., for study in London through SUNY Brockport;

 • Theresa Connelly, a senior childhood education major from Mohegan Lake, to complete her student teaching requirement at a school in Australia;

 • Rachael Gambino, a senior communication studies major from North Rose, N.Y., for study in Italy through University at Albany;

 • Mallory Gorman, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Syracuse, for study in Salamanca, Spain;

 • Michelle Krenzer, a senior childhood education major from Scottsville, N.Y., to complete her student teaching requirement at a school in Australia;

 • Victoria Maione, a senior childhood education and Spanish dual major from East Northport, N.Y., to complete her student teaching requirement at a school in Australia;

 • Peter Rakowsky, a junior international studies and political science dual major from Clifton Park, N.Y., for study in Lviv, Ukraine.

Gregory R. Huether ’10 Scholarship

A scholarship created in 2010 by Ronald and Marguerite Huether and family honors the memory of their son, Gregory R. Huether ’10, and the wonderful international education experience he had at SUNY Cortland. The Gregory R. Huether ’10 European Sport Study Seminar Memorial Scholarship offers the College’s sport management majors a study abroad opportunity. The scholarship of $2,500 for Fall 2012 was awarded to:

• Rhiannon Jardim of Greenville, N.Y., for her participation in SUNY Oswego’s Barcelona, Spain, program in Spring 2012.

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 2012 is awarded to:

• James Burton, a junior adolescence education: English major from Mohawk, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, 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 recipient of $1,500 for Fall 2012 is:

• Andrea Cooney, a sophomore psychology major from Olivebridge, N.Y., for study at London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.

Chin Memorial Scholarship

The Yuki and Wah Chip Chin Memorial 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, expanding the scholarship in his estate in 2003. The Fall 2012 recipient of the $1,500 scholarship is:

• International graduate student Yu Yu of Harbin, China, a graduate of Harbin Engineering University who is currently completing her Master of Arts in Recreation with a concentration in leisure studies at SUNY Cortland.

The Fall 2012 recipient of the $750 scholarship is:

• Samantha Wong, a senior international studies major from Massapequa, for study at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China.

Exchange Awards

The College presented five SUNY Cortland students with exchange awards resulting from agreements it has with some of the College’s 25 international partner universities, saving the five selected students a total of  $19,789. The partner universities involved on both sides have agreed to waive tuition for students involved in the exchange so that, for example, an award recipient pays only the SUNY tuition for the duration of the study abroad opportunity. Recipients of exchange awards for Fall 2012 are:

• Sarah Brown, a junior anthropology major from Cincinnatus, N.Y., received an exchange award for study in Veritas, Costa Rica;

• Erin Kelly, a junior adolescence education: physics and mathematics major from Ballston Spa, N.Y., was given an exchange award for study in Cork, Ireland;

• Amanda McCarthy, a junior childhood education major from Bayport, N.Y., was presented an exchange award for study at Griffith University, Australia;

• Patrick McCue, a junior business economics major from Bayport, won an exchange award for study at Griffith University, Australia;

• Emeli Sena Lopez, a senior international studies major from Brooklyn, accepted an exchange award for study in Veritas, Costa Rica.

Fulda Grant

SUNY Cortland established in April 2011 a student and faculty exchange partnership in Germany with Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Fulda). SUNY Cortland Philosophy Professor Mecke Nagel, a Fulda native and former Fulda faculty member who currently teaches there through a Fulbright grant, facilitated the partnership. The first SUNY Cortland student participated in the program in Summer 2011 and two Fulda students studied at Cortland this past spring.

In Fall 2012, the studies of two students will be supported by Fulda Social Work Scholarship Grants, special scholarships worth approximately $4,000 apiece offered by Fulda’s president, Professor Karim Khakzar:

• Samantha Halicki, a junior sociology major from Akron, N.Y.

• Jonathan Herr, a junior history major from Bayshore.

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