Meet the Scholars for 2018

Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship Award

Craig King
Craig King

Created in 2009 to honor friend to CW, former Mayor Joseph Delfino for his fine work and tremendous support of the college. Education for today’s youth has always been a passion of his: “I am all about the kids, about education, taking care of the younger members of our community.” Since the CW and former Mayor Delfino have a long, collaborative relationship that goes back more than 30 years, it seemed fitting that an award be created in his honor and is granted annually. The successful recipient must be a White Plains High School student currently attending CW, and most importantly, they must embody Mayor Joe’s spirit of giving.

This year’s recipient from White Plains High School is Craig King, currently in the Bachelor of Accounting program in the Adult College.

Craig says, “The challenging work has paid off! These are the best words that describe my feelings. I have a great support system behind me that has pushed me from the beginning. I feel this scholarship is for them also. This is just the beginning. Receiving the scholarship is not just receiving money for my education; it reaffirms that my dreams are possible. It tells me I have potential for anything headed my way. It has boosted my self-confidence. Knowing that I not only completed a very important task, but also took the responsibility of creating a platform for getting me closer to my career goals, I believe in the importance of earning a college degree! Therefore, I plan to work extra hard to obtain my Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting by November 2018. This scholarship will push me further towards my Accounting degree and my dreams of one day having a successful career.”

 

Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship Award

Adanelys Jerez
Adanelys Jerez

The CWCF established this scholarship to honor the memory of Dr. William R. Papallo who served as CW President from 1992 to 1997 and then served on the CW Board, ultimately as Chairman. Dr. Papallo was devoted to CW students, staff, and faculty. He believed in the power of education and devoted his life to helping others. The recipient for this annually granted scholarship must exhibit academic excellence and the same passion for learning and leadership qualities as Dr. Papallo.

This year’s recipient is Adanelys Jerez. Adanelys is finishing her Associate degree in Health Information Management. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Adanelys says, "This college award will help me be the first one in my family to obtain a college degree in the United States and for that, I will always be grateful and proud. Completing my education will signify one of my greatest accomplishments, which would be much more affordable with the help of this scholarship. The award would spark my enthusiasm to challenge myself and demonstrate that my knowledge, effort and wishes to become better are worth striving for. I would also be a representation of the Hispanic community to show that with effort and hard work dreams can be achieved, even for people who are economically less fortunate, because opportunities are always in place to help.

My short-term career goal focuses on obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Health Information Management, which I am very close to achieving. This has a lot to do with my hard work and effort but also, the wonderful staff and faculty at The College of Westchester, who make an effort every day to push me to continue. Thereafter, I would like to obtain a position in the healthcare management field at any non-for-profit hospital. I will also strive to continue my education and acquire a Master’s Degree to expand my knowledge in the healthcare field, which will keep me up-to-date, and in practice of my day-to-day job. I also hope to one day obtain a Ph.D. if I am given the opportunity in the future."

 

Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship Award

Miranda Maldonado
Miranda Maldonado

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation established the Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship in loving memory of a caring, devoted and hard-working wife and mother who cared for all around her. Jeanne was the wife of CW Chairman Emeritus Ernest H. Sutkowski and mother to President & CEO, Mary Beth Del Balzo; Vice President of Marketing and Media Resources, Nancy Trim and Vice Chairman of the CW Board, Karen Smith. Jeanne was also mother to Joe Sutkowski and Jennifer Sutkowski. This scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to an individual who aspires to work in the health care industry and possesses the same compassion for others as Jeanne did. Special thanks to Jeanne Sutkowski’s family and friends for making this scholarship possible.

The recipient of this year’s award is Miranda Maldonado who is currently in the Medical Assistant Management program.

Miranda says, "I believe everyone deserves a chance to be a winner. I have been attending CW since January of 2016. I can still remember the first day I walked in this building. It felt like I belonged here. I still feel that way, every single time. I came to this school with a goal. That goal was simple, yet complex. Graduate, no matter what. Many things got in the way but I kept a resilient mind and remained motivated. One of the most important things was my fear of not being able to afford the schooling. Then CW introduced me to grants, financial aid and other ways to benefit my education. I trust that this will do so much more than just benefit my education and educational goals.”

 

The Doris Metzger Miller Datakey Scholarship Award

Jaime Velez-Arpi

Jaime Velez-Arpi

Datakey Consulting, founded by Ted Miller in 2004, recently established this scholarship in honor of Ted Miller’s mom, Doris Metzger Miller. Doris was a remarkable, colorful, and extremely bright woman who grew up quite poor during the Great Depression in Rochester, NY. With her passing, Ted has had many moments of reflection and gratitude for the strong foundation she has given him. Ted feels her greatest contribution as an individual was her encouragement of others, especially women, to believe in themselves enough to further their pursuits in education. Doris had an insatiable desire to learn and she continued to learn well after achieving her Ph. D. She was a college professor, a published researcher, and an instructional designer. When Ted opened his company in 2004, she was instrumental in creating the company name, DataKey. She firmly believed individuals should have the freedom to exercise their intellectual curiosity. Ted believes that it is because of his mother that education has played a key role in his life.

DataKey Consulting is one of the fastest growing management consulting firms in Westchester County and specializes in Strategic Planning, Strategy implementation, Market Intelligence, Executive Leadership Development, Operational Excellence, and Business Process Management for mid-sized and Fortune 1000 companies. Ted Miller, DataKey’s founder, has always maintained that education has the power not only to unlock doors that one might otherwise never imagine opening, but also to completely change one’s circumstances and life path. While Ted is quite proud of DataKey’s success, he is even more honored that his company has contributed to dozens of local charitable organizations as well as educational institutions, his favorite being The College of Westchester!

 

The recipient of this year’s award is Jaime Velez- Arpi, who is currently in the Business Administration associate degree program.

 

Jaime says, "A scholarship opportunity means so much to me. The person I’ve become ever since attending The College of Westchester has been an incredible transformation. I am grateful for my education and I will continue to study and learn as much as possible to give back to my community. Making the decision to enroll in The College of Westchester was a major choice that I would not have ever imagined. This scholarship will benefit my education goals and me by motivating me to continue my hard work. Not only that, but it will give me a quick break as well. I’ll have a chance to take a deep breathe to appreciate my school so I can continue to keep going to class, and work my three jobs to get my tuition paid off, and get my real-life started.”

 

GenRe Scholarship Award

Domonique Smith

Domonique Smith

General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is a holding company for global reinsurance and related operations operating under the brand name Gen Re. GenRe is one of the leading property/casualty and life/health reinsurers in the world—represented by a network of more than 40 branch and subsidiary offices in key reinsurance markets. GenRe writes treaty and facultative business in the Property/Casualty and Life/Health markets. GenRe’s direct distribution model allows us to work closely with its clients to understand their strategic and operational objectives enabling GenRe to deliver relevant capacity and services based on that knowledge.

This year’s recipient is Domonique Smith. Domonique is finishing her studies in the Medical Assistant Management program.

Domonique says, “I am currently attending The College of Westchester as a full-time student, working toward an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assistant Management. It gets complicated sometimes, but staying focused and thinking positively helps me face these challenges. I often spend time studying and catching up on my assignments in the college’s library in-between and after classes. In addition to academics, I balance two part-time jobs. I have managed to maintain a GPA above 3.9 since I started in January of 2017, and I have been on the Dean’s List for three semesters in a row. I am involved in the Allied Health Club, where I currently hold the position of Treasurer, and I am an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. My plan is to transfer to a four-year college where I will complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Then, I will be on to my Master’s Degree to pursue my dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. As a former legally Emancipated Minor, I am now an independent adult and college student living in a low-income household.

The relief that this scholarship will provide would allow me more time and energy to excel and focus on my studies. Nursing is very competitive and it is important to fully grasp the material to be successful. I am so appreciative and grateful for this scholarship award.”

 

The Radford Quesada Networking Scholarship

Savier White
Savier White

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation established this scholarship to honor the memory of Radford Quesada who was part of the CW family from 2008-2015, when his life was unexpectedly cut short. He was a dedicated employee and a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. As Junior Network Administrator, he interacted with all staff, faculty, administration and students, and he always exemplified The CW Way in everything he did. His genuine personality inspired everyone that we do have time to just be people, to treat each other with kindness, to take a breath and enjoy life. Since he had such a positive impact on all he met during his service to CW, it was only fitting that a scholarship be named after him.

The recipient of this year’s award is Savier White, Savier is in the Digital Media BS program and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Savier says, “My educational aspirations consist of doing my work and having fun while doing it, and now I would like to give you a preview of it. The scholarship will release my financial hold and I’ll be set free. This scholarship is a relief from burdens and stress, this scholarship will help me be more and never less. Please let me be clear, I am here for a reason. I see this scholarship as an opportunity, and I will seize it. Moments come and go, doors open and close, I seen this door open and this is the door I chose. I may display hilarity, but within it is sincerity, I can also offer a brief moment of clarity. If I obtain these funds, I will use what they give to me. I can buy supplies to aid my creativity. Aid to my work, aid to my passion. I need aid to acquire the lights, cameras and action. No matter the award, no amount is miniscule.”

 

CWCF Art Contest Scholarship

Daniel Mokayi
Daniel Mokayi

Digital Media student Daniel Mokayi, was selected as the winner of the Art Contest Scholarship Award. His artwork was selected by the CWCF Board of Trustees to represent the 10th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. In addition to receiving a scholarship, Daniel’s artwork is on display in the halls of CW.

 
 

 

Daniel Mokayi's Artwork
Daniel Mokayi's
Artwork

Artwork Description

Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn
"The bridge represents the journey of every human being willing to succeed. The tall buildings describe the fears, discouragements and procrastination. Finally, the headlights under the bridge represent the achievements that give us the drive to pull through."

 

CWCF Honors Scholarship Award

Luz E. Lopez

Luz E. Lopez

BBA, Health Care Administration
Sigma Beta Delta

"I know at my age taking risks is scary, but you don't reach your goals by playing it safe. Remember the slogan, "The greater the reward, the higher the risk". My education plans are to finish my bachelor degree in order to achieve my dream of becoming a Health Administrator. I want to make a change in my community, and this is the first step to make it happen. I've always believed that education is the key to success. Pursuing my career would be such a great benefit to everyone around me. I am grateful to be part of The College of Westchester, I will increase my skills and knowledge that will help improve the community, even if it's just one person at a time. Education give us the opportunity to expand our horizons and open new doors for us. Education is something you can't lose, so it would be the wisest choice to get as much of it as you can."

 

Naika Saint Preux

Naika Saint Preux

BBA, Accounting
Sigma Beta Delta
Phi Theta Kappa

"This scholarship will benefit my educational goals financially. I won’t have to worry about my student payment every month. Most of all this scholarship will help me focus on school and have to worry about having enough shifts at work to be able to pay for school, transportation, food and other needs."

 

Yessica Morel

Yessica Morel

BBA, Business Administration
Sigma Beta Delta
Phi Theta Kappa

"This award will stand as a sign that hard work, determination and dedication can help one achieve goals that were once previously thought to be out reach. Further, it will allow me the ability to spend more time with my son and support him in all of his accolades. To make a place for myself, I feel like obtaining this scholarship will show my son that there are rewards to all the work we do. I have shown my family that getting an education made me a better person, a role model for my son, and a stronger candidate for jobs in the market. Furthermore, I have earned the respect, support, and admiration from colleagues, classmates, and my family.”

 

CWCF Scholarship Award

Rose M Reyes

Rose M. Reyes

BBA, Health Care Administration

"I know that part of these accomplishments was because of how I changed as a person. The College of Westchester helped me with that. I am truly proud of the woman I became but the leader that I am becoming is truly a blessing. I wouldn’t change a thing about the decisions I made given a second chance. I want to further my education and pursue my Master’s degree in Management. I want to continue my education and maybe one day be an adjunct professor like my professors here at CW. I am excited to see what the future holds for me. I am committed in working harder to achieve my goals.”
 

 

Stephany Espinal

Stephany Espinal

AAS, Business Administration Management/Marketing

"This scholarship will remove a lot of stress off my shoulders but most importantly, it will make me an example to others and encourage my friends to do better. It will take away the anxiety and worry of having to pay thousands of dollars after school. It will hopefully help my mother not be so hard on herself and feel less guilty for not being able to help me as much as I would like her too. I appreciate being given this opportunity, to have a chance of being chosen for this award and will be that extra push to starting my career and having a better future."

 

Abeer Ghanem

Abeer Ghanem

AAS, Accounting
Phi Theta Kappa

"Every time I pay one of my bills I feel so relieved, but thinking about my loans for college makes me stressed and worried. Winning this scholarship can make me less stressed and less worried because it will help to pay some of my loans and that way I will have things off my chest. Winning this scholarship will help me focus more on my education by setting my mind free. I’m going for my associate degree and I’m hoping to continue my education and go for my bachelor degree. For me to keep going I have to be well-organized, set goals and one of them is to be debt free. I will do what it takes to reach my dream, finish my education, and have a better career. Attending college has been a dream and I will do everything I can to make it happen by getting my bachelor’s degree and starting a good career. Through education, we can have a better future and more choices in life."