2017 Scholarship Recipients

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship Award

Michael Fusca
Michael Fusca

At the 2009 Annual CW Foundation Scholarship event, The College of Westchester (CW) honored 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 College 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 thus the Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship was born. The Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship 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 Michael Fusca, currently in the Business Administration-Management/Marketing program. Michael is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Michael says "The Mayor Delfino Scholarship is a big accomplishment for me because it proves that hard work pays off. Going back to school was a terrifying decision. I was scared to fail, and I was afraid to disappoint my family and myself. It’s truly rewarding to know that I overcame my fears and doubts. I’m so glad I did not let my fear get in my way and instead adventured into something that was out of my comfort zone. In the process, I surprised myself with my academic accomplishments. This scholarship is important to me because it proves that overcoming personal fear and working hard towards something meaningful and rewarding is worth the uncomfortable and awkward beginning."

 

Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship Award

Olga Fernandez
Olga Fernandez

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation 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 our college, students, staff, and faculty. He believed in the power of education and devoted his life to helping others in its pursuit. The recipient for this special scholarship must exhibit academic excellence and the same passion for learning and leadership qualities as Dr. Papallo. The Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship is granted annually.

This year’s recipient is Olga Fernandez. Olga is finishing her Associate degree in Business Administration-Management/Marketing. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Olga says, "Choosing to attend The College of Westchester was one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. Being the first one in my family to attend college has not only made my family proud but has also driven me to work my hardest. Since coming to this college I have been exposed to the tools necessary to further my educational and career goals. The reason why I decided to continue my education was to expand my knowledge in the business world and become someone who can make a difference, not only in her community, but also in the world around her."

 

Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship Award

Ashely Rose
Ashely Rose

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 Ashely Rose who is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration, and a member of Sigma Beta Delta.

Ashley says, "The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines education as the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process. For many students attending The College of Westchester, we define education as the solution to end poverty and the acquirement of a rewarding future for oneself. My primary focus in life is to provide a better life for myself, my family and the community. I am achieving this goal by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health administration at CW and then completing a master’s degree in public health. I plan to apply my education in the respiratory care field and continue to expand the awareness of asthma education in the community."

 

The Doris Metzger Miller Datakey Scholarship Award

Shawn Cobb

Shawn Cobb

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 Shawn Cobb, who is currently studying Accounting. Shawn is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Shawn says, "This scholarship provides a sense of accomplishment. Competitions such as these can give one the notion that hard work gets rewarded. For me, this competition shows that the College does recognize and honor those who are not satisfied with simply getting by in school and attempt to do more than what is asked for. It shows that going the extra mile is something that is more than worth doing."

 

GenRe Scholarship Award

Alyssa Garon

Alyssa Garon

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 Alyssa Garon. Alyssa is in the Digital Media program and will soon graduate with her Associate Degree.

Alyssa says, "During my time at The College of Westchester, I have excelled in my studies. I have done better than I ever thought I could. Being that I am 24 years old, I came back to college nervous and unaware if I was going to be able to complete my degree. Over my semesters here, I have become more than confident in myself. I am finally following my dream of becoming a Graphic Designer and I have never been happier to do so. My future holds great things for me."

 

The Radford Quesada Networking Scholarship

Claudia Cherrington
Claudia Cherrington

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 Claudia Cherrington, Claudia is in the Digital Media program and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Claudia says, "This scholarship will benefit me, because I am a soon to be mother, full-time manager, and full-time student here at CW. My parents sat me down the year before I graduated high school to warn me, that I would have to figure college out on my own, and with a GPA of 2.6 behind me, I didn’t have much hope for accessibility and scholarships, especially when the scholarships were already offered at my high school and I wasn’t good enough to receive a single one.

Since then I told myself a few things: I would never be left in the position of having a GPA that did not represent what I could do with myself; I would not inhibit myself by being lazy, and by not giving my all to my education. For not only my daughter, but for all my siblings, ages 14, 9, and 8, who look up to me to find someone in our family who will achieve what they consider to be impossible, I will succeed in my goals, and I will succeed in my art."

 

Art Contest Scholarship

Antonio Sassano
Antonio Sassano

Digital Media student Antonio Sassano, was selected as the winner of the Art Contest Scholarship Award. His artwork was selected by the CWCF Board of Trustees to represent the 9th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. In addition to receiving a scholarship, Antonio’s artwork is on display in the halls of CW.

 



 
Antonio Sassano's Artwork
Antonio Sassano's
Artwork

Artwork Description

Moon Man
"This drawing shows a man reaching out towards the moon. This should be interpreted as reaching out for greatness. I made the moon fairly large to show how close the man is achieving success. This represents me because I finished high school and now I’m a college student. Even though I’m not finished with school, I’m very close to reaching that success. It shows people that success isn’t as far away as it seems as long as you reach for it.

I drew this picture with a pencil to act as a basic outline, then I went over it with marker to make the lines more refined and neat. Finally, I added Copex Markers to act as the shading and the lighting."

 

Honors Program Scholarship Awards

Felicia Conte

BBA, Business Administration
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program

"The College of Westchester makes me feel at home, the professors and the staff remind me of exactly what my father tells me each and every day. Everything I accomplish here is for my own benefit. The staff and professors are here to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, they strive for their student’s success and they don’t take failure for an answer. The small campus makes it almost difficult to not have a great relationship with your peers and professors, and that’s something most college students can’t freely say. The main reason why I attended CW was because you aren’t another number to the professor."

 

Jamisha Gill

AOS, Health Information Management
Phi Theta Kappa

"Obtaining this scholarship will hopefully have my younger sister look at me as a leader; my hope is that she will want to fight hard for a scholarship too. I want to make generational money for my future kids and their children. When I make it big, I want to help students like me receive a scholarship because I know how hard it is to go from four years of being in a public high school, not having to pay a dime to transitioning into going to college; having to pay for transportation, food and tuition just so that I can make a name for myself."

 

Nicole Mercadante

BBA, Health Care Administration
Sigma Beta Delta

"In truth, there have been many times when I wanted to give up on my aspirations. But, giving up is not the answer, especially when I do as well as I do in school. Pursuing my education gives me the strength to persevere and make it all worth the while. It’s an amazing feeling to achieve great things and to be proud of my endeavors. I clearly take my college career very seriously, always striving for the best possible outcome. Receiving this generous scholarship is truly a blessing.”

 

Jennifer Mitchell

BBA, Business Administration
Sigma Beta Delta
BBA Honors Program

“Some may say their educational goal is to get a degree to start working. Although that may be ideal for others, it is not for me. My goals include earning my doctorate degree by 23 years old, gaining expertise in my field through this knowledge, having a long lasting career and making my mother proud. With this in my mind I know there is no limit."


Alejandra Rojas

AAS, Business Administration
Phi Theta Kappa

“I believe in the importance of being well-educated, not just holding a degree, but developing values and skills, opening one’s mind, gathering new perspectives on things, and embracing the excitement of knowledge. This scholarship can offer me more of that excitement. I am currently completing an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration-Management/Marketing by 2017, and plan on continuing to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree by 2019. This scholarship will push me further towards my Business degree, and my dream of one day having a successful career as a marketing manager."  

 

CWCF General Scholarship Awards

Salvador Andeme

BBA, Accounting

"I do not care how much work I have to do, I just do it. The scholarship will benefit me in the sense that with it I will be able to pay less out of pocket, which will in return reduce the amount of money we loan from banks. It will also allow me to continue my education and my excellent work with less worries about our economic situation. I just want to stay in school and do great work in my studies because education is my only key to success in my career and in life.”
 

 

Jazmin Patino

AAS, Accounting

"I am going to finish college not only for myself, but for my brother and for my future children. I am setting the example for them and am hoping to have a prosperous career so I can pay for my future children’s tuition so they are not financially burden as so many of us are. I can sincerely say that I value CW, the education and employment they provide."




2016 Scholarship Recipients

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship Award

Jason Cohen
Jason Cohen

At the 2009 Annual CW Foundation Scholarship event, The College of Westchester (CW) honored 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 College 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 thus the Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship was born.

The Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship will be 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 Jason Cohen, currently in the Business Administration-Management/Marketing program.

Jason says “leading by example has always been something I have stood for. In order to achieve greatness, one must sacrifice and go above and beyond. There is virtually no way to achieve success without obtaining the tools and knowledge. I realize that to accomplish my goals, I must earn an MBA, and that is okay; hard work is something I am familiar with. 'Very excited' describes the way I feel about my future and the opportunity this scholarship presents. By receiving this scholarship, I can become one step closer to accomplishing my goals. I will be able to give back to the community.”

 

Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship Award

Katieann Ramirez
Katieann Ramirez

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation 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 our college, students, staff, and faculty. He believed in the power of education and devoted his life to helping others in its pursuit. The recipient for this special scholarship must exhibit academic excellence and the same passion for learning and leadership qualities as Dr. Papallo. The Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship will be granted annually.

This year’s recipient is Katieann Ramirez.  Katieann is finishing her BBA in Health Care Administration and a member of Sigma Beta Delta.

Katieann says, “as I will soon be graduating from CW and will soon be a first time mother, I am very motivated to obtain my educational goals. In addition to graduating and getting my Bachelor’s degree, some of my educational goals are to educate myself as much as I can to understand the world around me and have a better understanding of my career field. Education is important to me because without knowledge you cannot have understanding. Without understanding you have confusion and possibly no success in where you want to be in life. This scholarship is helping me with my goals by assisting me to complete my Bachelor’s Degree and have all my loans paid off; opening the door of opportunity for me to continue my education and broaden my knowledge.”

 

Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship Award

Brittany Rosario
Brittany Rosario

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 Brittany Rosario who is finishing her degree in Medical Assistant Management. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Brittany says, “I decided that I wanted to become a Medical Assistant because I wanted to have an impact in someone else’s life. I want to provide others with the attention, care and support that they need when they are in distress and not feeling their best. I have significant goals that I intend on reaching with all of my hard work and dedication.

Receiving this scholarship is truly a game changer for me as well as a blessing. I have made either Dean’s List or President’s List every semester, and I have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. With these achievements as well as maintaining a 3.9 cumulative GPA, I know that I can attain my nursing degree. I am more than willing and determined to take that next step in my life to attain greatness.”

 

The Doris Metzger Miller Datakey Scholarship Award

Michelle Seabrook

Michelle Seabrook

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 Michelle Seabrook, who is currently studying Business Administration-Management/Marketing. Michelle is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Michelle says, “reflecting back on the last year and a half at CW, I have realized the many benefits that come from pursuing a secondary education. For example, having a secondary education can provide career choices, financial security, and flexibility on how and where one can live. However, from a personal perspective, my CW education has provided me with opportunity, validation, and a second chance to pursue my career goals."

 

GenRe Scholarship Award

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. They are 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. Gen Re writes treaty and facultative business in the Property/Casualty and Life/Health markets. GenRe’s direct distribution model allows them 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 Richard Medina. Richard is a recent graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Network Administation.

 

The Radford Quesada Networking Scholarship

Lerika Hahn Abada
Lerika Hahn Abada

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 Lerika Hahn Abada, a current BBA student.

Lerika says, “according to Hunter S. Thompson, "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." Coming from a third world country, I was trained to perform at the very best of my capabilities, whether it is sports or academic related in order to be successful in life and escape poverty. Fortunately, my family and I were given the opportunity to move abroad and study here. Not a lot of people from my country are given the same opportunity.

Knowing how much my parents are sacrificing for my siblings and I, it inspired me to become a highly motivated student. I like to surround myself with people who are as highly motivated as I am. I also try to encourage my peers to perform at their very best in everything they do. Overall, my experience at The College of Westchester has been amazing. Being able to have one-on-one time with the professors due to a small teacher-student ratio is a huge thing for me."

 

Art Contest Scholarship

Aidan Quneis
Aidan Quneis

BBA student Aidan Quneis, was selected as the winner of the Art Contest Scholarship Award. His artwork was selected by the CWCF Board of Trustees to represent the 8th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. In addition to receiving a scholarship, Aidan’s artwork is on display in the halls of CW.

 

 

 

Aidan Quneis Artwork
Aidan Quneis' Artwork

Artwork Description

"Shine Bright"
Artwork photographed at Botanical Gardens by Aidan. In addition the quote is original and can be used as inspiration for other students.

 

 

 

Honors Program Scholarship Awards

Jimmy Hernandez

Jimmy Hernandez

BBA, Accounting
Phi Theta Kappa

"I am an entrepreneurial student who is always seeking opportunities to grow and help others. I am enjoying my experience at CW. I also love the fact that I can graduate and earn my bachelor’s degree in three years, which will help me enhance my professional credentials in a short period of time. This has been a surreal growing experience for me as a person and a student. I am profoundly grateful to CW for these amazing opportunities.”



Sandra Martin

Sandra Martin

AAS, Business Administration Online
Phi Theta Kappa

“Every day I see my dreams of finally getting a degree getting closer. With this scholarship it will make that dream a reality. I know that I will be a success. And that I will graduate, because there will be nothing else to stop me from getting my associates degree and then my bachelor’s degree. So I thank you for all the encouragement throughout my year of college and everyone seeing the great potential that I hold and continue to grasp for.”



Raquel Mazza

Raquel Mazza

BBA, Business Administration
Sigma Beta Delta

“The foundation scholarship would benefit me by allowing me to continue to further my education. I am a hardworking, persistent student with a 3.99 grade point average. The College of Westchester is a perfect fit for my educational preferences, as they have small class sizes, enabling me to have one on one, creative time with my professors. I also love that I can receive my bachelor’s Degree so quickly.”
 

CWCF General Scholarship Awards

Darnell Dixon

Darnell Dixon

BBA, Business Administration
CWCF General Scholarship

“Coming to The College of Westchester has changed my life completely. Not only have I received my Associate’s degree in Business Administration Management but I decided to continue my education here at the college. Before coming to The College of Westchester, I attended a few other universities and felt as if I was a number in the classroom.

Getting a CW scholarship towards my balance has helped me out greatly and now I’m able to focus on getting my degree, rather than how am I going pay my next bill. One main reason I love The College of Westchester is because of all the connections that we can make here. This is a small school but every little connection can make someone’s dream become reality in the near future. I just hope that my dream becomes a reality real soon.”

 


Lenora Dunbar

Lenora Dunbar

BBA, Accounting
CWCF General Scholarship

“Since becoming a student at The College of Westchester, I have displayed my hard work, motivation and efforts by maintaining a grade point average of 3.76. I believe this scholarship will greatly benefit me and my educational goals in so many positive ways. I have very high aspirations and objectives that I push myself to accomplish. The most important reason besides my academic achievements of why I desire this scholarship so, is because of my financial needs and demands.

This scholarship will benefit me and my educational goals in so many wonderful ways. For me to repay this honor is by executing my objectives and goals. It is truly a privilege to be granted such a successful and motivational reward.”

 


Sydney Gunn

Sydney Gunn

AAS, Medical Assistant Management
Phi Theta Kappa
CWCF General Scholarship

“I enjoy working with people so I know the medical field will be the best career for me. I would love to continue my education after graduating from CW and become an ultra sound technician. One day I would also like to go back to college to become a Cardiac Care Nurse. Medical Assisting is a great way to get your foot in the door in the medical field. It gives you the opportunity to see different sections of the medical field as well. I enjoy this program so much and I am very happy I chose this program. And this scholarship will help me secure my goals.”
 



Kesha Moore

Kesha Moore

BBA, Health Care Administration
Sigma Beta Delta
CWCF General Scholarship

“I started my last semester at The College of Westchester this January. You ask me what does this scholarship mean to me, how will it benefit me in my educational goals? Well I will tell you I have 16 reasons all rolled into one, and her name is Indigo; she is my rock, the love of my life and I want to show her that I'm capable of going out in a bang! She and God are those mustard seeds in my life pushing me to move forward to work hard, to conquer my fears, believe in myself and to always have faith. Indigo told me recently that if I could get A's and B's so could she, and she has proven that time and time again. I want my little girl to see me graduate with honors and for her to know that though time can beat you in the face, with hard work and commitment to your faith and yourself, you can always come out on top -- it all starts with faith, the size of a mustard seed.”


2015 Scholarship Recipients

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Hernandez
Jarel Ramirez

At the 2009 Annual CW Foundation Scholarship event, The College of Westchester (CW) honored 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 College 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 thus the Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship was born.

The Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship will be 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 Jarel Ramirez, currently in the Medical Assistant Management program at The College of Westchester.

 

Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship Award

Marc Civil
Ayanda Watson-Galloway

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation 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 our college, students, staff, and faculty. He believed in the power of education and devoted his life to helping others in its pursuit.  The recipient for this special scholarship must exhibit academic excellence and the same passion for learning and leadership qualities as Dr. Papallo.  The Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship will be granted annually.

This year’s recipient is Ayanda Watson-Galloway.  Ayanda is currently in the BBA Business Administration program and a member of Sigma Beta Delta.

Ayanda says “I believe that education is a key part of a person’s life, and that you must continue to learn so that you can continue to grow as a person.  I also believe that knowledge is power and you have to be knowledgeable to stay current with the rest of the world.  I know that being educated and continuing to educate myself will enable me to be successful in whatever new career path I take after I graduate in 2015.”

 

Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship Award

Adrienne Jamison
Abigail Laissen

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation established this scholarship in loving memory of Jeanne Sutkowski, a caring, devoted and hard working mother who aspired to be a nurse. This scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to an individual who also 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 members for making the scholarship possible – Ernest Sutkowski, Mary Beth and Jim Del Balzo, Karen and Dale Smith, Jennifer Sutkowski and Brett Heiner, Joseph Sutkowski and Nancy and Brian Trim.

The recipient of this year’s award is Abigail Laissen an online student in the BBA, Health Administration program.

Abigail says “The education that I receive at CW will help me be successful because as the economy continues to struggle, companies and organizations will have to be selective about whom they choose to hire and promote.  My CW education will not just make me competitive in the business sector, but it will make me standout.  CW’s reputation among local business leaders is second to none, and I will be proud to say I am a CW graduate.  By realizing my educational goals, my confidence will grow, and this will also lead to my success.  The constant encouragement and consistent assistance from the CW staff keeps me moving forward towards my goal.  When I successfully complete my Bachelor’s degree, I will be so proud of myself and will be an inspiration to my children, who in turn will write their own success stories.  I am proud to be a part of the CW family!”

 

Datakey Scholarship Award

David Guerrero

David Guerrero

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. DataKey was founded by Ted Miller in 2004, who believes that education has the power to unlock doors that one might never imagine opening, and 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 not only to dozens of local charitable organizations, but also to educational institutions, his favorite being The College of Westchester!

The recipient of this year’s award is David Guerrero, currently BBA, business administration student.

David says, “When I graduate I plan on applying the years of instruction and training to obtaining a career in a company where I can gradually work my way up to the higher positions. After establishing myself and building a large network in the business world, I then plan on creating my own business. My goal in the end is to find success as an entrepreneur which began step by step at The College of Westchester. There are no secrets to success. It isn’t a quantifiable mathematical formula, inherent quality, or generic trait. It’s a combination of people working together, dedication, and ambition. It is no wonder then that CW has been successful for all of these years.”

 

GenRe Scholarship Award

William Owens

William Owens

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. We are 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. Gen Re writes treaty and facultative business in the Property/Casualty and Life/Health markets. Our direct distribution model allows us to work closely with our clients to understand their strategic and operational objectives enabling us to deliver relevant capacity and services based on that knowledge.

The recipient of this year’s award is William Owens, a Digital Media student.

What drives The College of Westchester to be successful is seeing the students being productive in their efforts to make the school as lively as possible, the effort the students makes to learn what they want, the efforts the instructors make to help the students with their classes, the vast amount of information that students can learn from, and the freedom that the students have to rest and relax from classes to hang with their friends and talk about what they learned from other classes, offer some advice and just be themselves.

 

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation Art Contest Scholarship Award

Kevin Zuniga
Kevin Zuniga

BBA, Digital Media student Kevin Zuniga, was selected as the winner of the Art Contest Scholarship Award. His artwork was selected by the CWCF Board of Trustees to represent the 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. In addition to receiving a scholarship, Kevin’s artwork is on display as part of this year’s auction. 

 

 

 

Kevin Zuniga's Artwork
Kevin Zuniga's Artwork

Artwork Description

"When working on the graphic I wanted to show that the CWCF helps students reach their potential. This is the main reason the CWCF logo is in the middle of the design. The two students represent all the CWCF students that have been helped by the CWCF Scholarship. This is one of the reasons they’re in color. Since it is the 100th year of CW I wanted to show the past and the present. CW has a rich history and I wanted to show that by the black and white image. The Colored part of the image represents the present and future of the school." 

 

Honors Program Scholarship Awards

Jonathan Calixto
Accounting
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

“The College of Westchester since 1915, has never stopped providing quality education – only with the best instructors in the classrooms. Professor Bikofsky, James McGee, Christian De Matteo, Paula Cancro and Alan DelFavero are some professors that come to mind when I think of quality education in this institution. These great instructors have helped me tremendously with my education and they have provided me with vast experience, like soft skills, that has developed me from a confused college freshman to a mature student on the pursuit of his AAS degree in Accounting. From internship and employment opportunities to quality education to dedicated professors – CW is certainly the college to be at. If it wasn’t for CW, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. The success the school has achieved over the past 100 years is pretty self-evident. There is no reason not to attend because this is indeed education that works.”
 

Carlos Colon

Carlos Colon

Medical Assistant Management
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

"CW has been successful all these years because of its system and the way the teachers set you up for the real world. Professors and staff here give you and teach you the proper tools that are needed not only for the career you have chosen, but in life. My education will help me be successful because it is something that I can utilize when I start working. I am able to take my degree, diploma, certificate, and credentials, and I will be able to use them for the rest of my life.”



Yizzette Gonzalez-Rivera

Yizzette Gonzalez-Rivera

Medical Assistant Management
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

“Twenty 20 years after I graduated from high school, I decided to pursue my dream of working in the medical field. The only way to get there was to educate myself. I felt that the College of Westchester was the best fit for me. The first semester at the college was the most influential time in my life. I was able to maintain a perfect grade point average and it was all because of the relentless dedication of the professors. Each semester was a new and positive experience. The professors ensured that every student knew and understood the material being taught to them. In return, I kept a positive attitude and maintained my confidence.”


Alexandra Gordon

Alexandra Gordon

Accounting
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

“CW offers a family like vibe and when we students sometimes hit a wall, the administration is always there to help us by giving us the best options suited for each student. My education will help me continue to be successful because virtually all employers are looking for candidates with college degrees. Employers want to know that they are hiring an employee who can fulfil requirements that they will assign. Completing my degree at CW will show that I am focused, determined, and responsible to fulfill the requirements of any job within the field that I am studying. My education will help me succeed because when I get my degree I will be reminded of my hard work and determination and use that motivation to excel within my career.”
 


Joshua Intrator

Josh Intrator

Business Administration
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

“Education is part of the foundation of success. The education at CW gives me the skills and tools that I need to better myself, problem solve effectively and systematically and reach my goals. CW creates a learning environment that brings out the full potential in me. It allows me to think outside the box. I am looking forward furthering my education at CW and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business. The College of Westchester’s constant pursuit of excellence in academics and dedication to their students makes it a wonderful place to learn.”



Brittney Miller

Brittney Miller

Medical Assistant Management
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

“The College of Westchester celebrating 100 years is not a surprise to me. It’s very exciting and I also feel as if I have contributed to its success in one way or another. Everyone here has worked very hard to help keep this college the amazing place it is today. If it wasn’t for The College of Westchester, I wouldn’t know where I would be. The College of Westchester has helped me reach goals that I never knew were possible for me to reach. Being a student at this school has motivated me a lot and has given me a brighter outlook on my future.”
 


Zara Moloney

Zara Moloney

BBA, Business Administration
Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Program Scholarship

“When trying to describe the culture experienced by students daily, the best word that comes to mind is family, a family of students who share common goals and sense of community. It has always been said that one can’t choose their family. However, when students choose CW, they are choosing to join the special CW family. For me, The College of Westchester has done nothing short but help me live the American dream. When I enrolled to attend, I never imaged how far I could go with the service and support available at CW. I am now in my fourth semester, and I am doing things I had only dreamt about or seen in movies. A simple “thank you” would be too short an expression for how I feel about everything I have been guided in achieving at The College of Westchester.”

 

CWCF General Scholarship Awards

Natasha Leslie

Natasha Leslie

Business Administration
Phi Theta Kappa
CWCF Scholarship

“Growing up I would have never pictured myself having gone to college, receiving my associate’s and following that up by pursuing my bachelor’s degree. I often ask myself as an adolescent what it would take for me to become a better and more successful me. I know today as I walk the halls of CW, that the determination and persistence within me, the faith and reinforcement that was instilled upon me as a child by my family is what drives me. They reminded me that I can do anything that I set my mind to. To this day those words make me feel confident in knowing that not only did I make the right choice in continuing my education, but that I also made the right choice in choosing to continue my education here at The College of Westchester. I feel the professors’ guidelines that are used to teach us is a mission each professor chooses to accept. That mission is to mold their students into the best version of themselves by providing them with the knowledge that is needed to become more successful in the work force as well as in life. I’m thankful for the late hours that are spent trying to enlighten us and the tests and assignments that were administered to get our gears turning. With this guidance, I have begun to master the crafts of being the best version of myself and the successful person I was destined to become due to my education acquired here at The College of Westchester.”
 


Leslie Ramirez

Leslie Ramirez

Health Information Management
CWCF General Scholarship

“Many students are parents working one or two jobs and don’t have time to attend a conventional college. CW has accommodated the student of today by providing day classes, evening classes, and online classes. As someone who works up to sixteen hours a day, I am able to attend class once a week, but still have the opportunity to learn throughout the week through online activities. I am not taking this opportunity lightly because I know that this is how I will be able to push the doors of success wide open. My education will help open the door of success for my family. I will be an example to them and show them that with hard work, dedication, and having an education, the sky is the limit.”
 


Danielle Settembre

Danielle Settembre

Business Administration
Phi Theta Kappa
CWCF General Scholarship

“Hard work, efforts and achievements don’t go unnoticed at CW. As one of the first in my family to attend college, being inducted into the prestigious honor society Phi Theta Kappa has been one of my greatest achievements as in being selected for this scholarship. Being recognized for my hard work at CW is a sensational feeling. Many students think that the sole goal of success in college is receiving a diploma, but forget that it is fortified through the values instilled behind that piece of paper. After graduating with a degree in Business Management this spring, I will forever carry with me the skills I’ve learned and remember the mentors that have helped guide me along the way as I start my career.”
 



Husam Zayed

Husam Zayed

Accounting
Phi Theta Kappa
CWCF General Scholarship

“For me personally, The College of Westchester is a great opportunity to finish my education. CW provides me a BBA degree in Accounting which combined earning one’s associate and bachelor’s degree at the same time. In this program, CW has sharply honed focus on business careers, meaning less time spent on completing non-related electives. So this degree will help me pursue my goals starting with getting my CPA in accounting. After a century of a dazzling success, we should all take off our hats greeting for this amazing school.”