Foundation Recognizes Scholars

and Honors Concentration Students

With Scholarships

Front row: Erica Beach, Zully Cordero, Lisa Deemer.
Second row: Carolina Medina, Casey Frankoski, Chenya D'Arcangelis.
Third row: C. Brian Rogers, Emily Roberts, Ronald Gardner Jr., Jonathan Matuszyk

(See more pics from the scholarship ceremony.)

As a real history buff, Jonathan Matuszyk, of Niskayuna, is ready to dig into his Western Civilization and Russian History classes. He's waiting to see all that the College's Honors Concentration entails as a student in the new program being offered for the first time this fall. He has heard about the new Honors Lounge and electronic classroom (see photos), as well as the individual e-portfolios, which will serve as portable archives for the students to exhibit their intellectual development throughout their academic careers. He's ready to get started. "I'm looking forward to all of it," Jonathan said. "This is a great stepping stone to further myself and my education."

His semester is already heading in the right direction with financial assistance from the SCCC Foundation which pledged scholarships to the first cohort of students in the new Honors Concentration, part of the Liberal Arts A.A. degree. (In order to enroll in the program, students need a high school average of at least 90. Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 G.P.A to remain in the program and continue to earn the scholarships.) The Foundation will provide half-tuition for each student for up to four semesters. (Applications are still being accepted for the Honors program. Find out more about the program.)

Jonathan and others in the concentration were recognized recently by the Foundation during a ceremony in the Lally Mohawk Room (see photos). The Foundation also recognized this year's Foundation Scholar Award recipients. Students are chosen as Foundation Scholars based on academic achievement and participation in school and community activities. (Foundation Scholars either have a GPA of a 3.0 or better, rank in the top 30% of his/her graduating class, or have a combined SAT score of at least 1,000 or an ACT composite of at least 25.) The award amount is equivalent to one-half tuition for up to four semesters.

Chenya D'Arcangelis, a 2013 graduate of Mohonasen High School and a Music major, is one of this year's Foundation Scholars. Last year she was the drum major for the Mohonasen Marching Band with flute as her instrument. This year she plans to get started on mastering other instruments including the trumpet, tuba, trombone and percussion. She has also joined the SCCC Bowling Team. After SCCC, Chenya plans to pursue her bachelor's degree on her way to becoming a music educator. The Foundation Scholar Award has helped her as she begins her journey. "There are so many bills to be paid in order to go to college," Chenya said. "The scholarship was a great help."

August 2013

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