Meet the Scholars for 2018

 

Craig King

Craig King
Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship Award

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.”

 

Adanelys Jerez

Adanelys Jerez
Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship Award

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."

 

Miranda Maldonado

Miranda Maldonado
Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship Award

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.”

 

Jaime Velez-Arpi

Jaime Velez-Arpi
The Doris Metzger Miller Datakey Scholarship Award

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.”

 

Domonique Smith

Domonique Smith
GenRe Scholarship Award

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.”

 

Savier White

Savier White
The Radford Quesada Networking Scholarship

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.”

 

Daniel Mokayi

Daniel Mokayi
CWCF Art Contest Scholarship

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

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."

 

Luz E. Lopez

Luz E. Lopez
CWCF Honors Scholarship Award

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
CWCF Honors Scholarship Award

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
CWCF Honors Scholarship Award

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.”

 

Rose M Reyes

Rose M. Reyes
CWCF Scholarship Award

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
CWCF Scholarship Award

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
CWCF Scholarship Award

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."