More Scholarship Awards Added to CSI
By: Victoria Ifatusin
On March 9, 2017, two new scholarships, Student Government Scholarship and Student Government Study Abroad Scholarship, were put into place at CSI.
This agreement was unanimously decided as the College of Staten Island’s Student Government and the College of Staten Island’s Foundation put these scholarships into effect.
These scholarships were agreeably confirmed by the Student Government President, Joshua John Ulloa and Executive Director of the College of Staten Island Foundation, Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna.
Students that are eligible for the Student Government Scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Such students must also be from a state that is not New York, for this encourages out-of-state students to apply to the College of Staten Island.
Although, a maximum of three New York State residents that are schooling at the College of Staten Island can also be awarded this scholarship.
$2,500 is allocated to an out-of-state student, while $1,000 is given to a New York State resident. $25,000 was used to establish the scholarship as a source of funds.
The Student Government Study Abroad Scholarship is available to students who are also full-time undergraduates with a minimum of a 2.75 GPA. The applicant must have an interest in international academia as well.
A total of $15,000 went into the scholarship, as each student is awarded $1,000, along with a trip to the country of the student’s choice.
Joshua John Ulloa, the President of the Student Government, has been working for a long time for this scholarship to be implemented. Of course, there were roadblocks during the execution of the plan. Yet, the ideas of the scholarships came about as the Student Government noticed students wanting to travel abroad, but did not have the sufficient funds for it, as well as housing being available to out-of-state students.
He further mentions that the Student Government is “supporting our students, encouraging them and advocating for them” during their college careers. Of course, support is needed to motivate others to do more during their academic years.
No one is limited to this opportunity, as the President urges students to “be aware that they can come to the Student Government and keep asking questions about those scholarships to make sure they can apply for them.”
Kristine McNally, an undecided Freshman at CSI explains, “it’s a good experience for a student to be exposed to other parts of the world and other parts of the country to get a feel of what they want to do.”
A Mechanical Engineering Junior, Morkus Abdelmaseh, mentions that he would definitely be intrigued to study abroad, even though his parents wouldn’t allow him. It is still pretty cool.”
Alyssa Pappalardo, a Senior in Business Management, points out it is great for out-of-state students, “because we have dorms.” The students agreed that the creation of the scholarships was an excellent decision.