Grants & Scholarships

The FCAA provides a number of grants and scholarships each year to qualifying Fordham College at Rose Hill students.

Luisa with FCRH Dean Rachel Annunziato, Ph.D.

Luisa Rosa, FCRH ’24, Receives FCAA Research Symposium Award

Luisa Rosa, FCRH ’24, is the latest recipient of the FCAA Research Symposium Award. Luisa, originally from Brazil, is studying computer science with a business minor. Her research focuses on educational data mining, specifically instructor grading patterns. (Photo” Luisa with FCRH Dean Rachel Annunziato, Ph.D.)

“We aim to understand grade distribution on multiple levels (for example, department, instructor, course levels) and identify professors/departments with lenient or strict grading patterns (essentially, easy graders/hard graders),” said Luisa, who has already published a paper on her research, “An Analysis of Grading Patterns in Undergraduate University Courses,” shared at the 2023 IEEE 47th Annual Computers, Software, and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) in Italy.

“We are currently running more analysis, using our EDM Python tool, on the 8 years of undergraduate educational data from Fordham to which we have access and also running a new student survey,” said Luisa. The survey aims to understand further how these grading patterns influence how students select classes.”

Luisa has also been busy with an array of extracurricular activities at Fordham. She’s captain of the D1 Fordham Swimming and Diving team; she’s been a global transition coordinator, vice president of international integration for United Student Government, president of the Computer Science Society, a tutor for student athletes and a member of both the Alpha Sigma Nu and Fordham Club honor societies.

On top of that, she spent a summer in Germany with the Daad Rise program performing research on Movement Feedback Systems (MFS). She developed an MFS to help basketball players improve their movement technique and acknowledge areas of improvement in their free-throw movement.

After graduation, Luisa plans to pursue her Master of Science in Data Science at Fordham.

Our Mission

The Fordham College Alumni Association, an independent, non-profit volunteer organization, seeks to strengthen the bonds of alumni – to each other, to Fordham College Rose Hill and to the university. The organization provides scholarships and grants to current Fordham College students and holds professional networking events for alumni. Members are Fordham College graduates and students who have attended for more than one year.

Glen Cove Neighborhood Association Award

The FCAA is pleased to announce that Agostino Facciolo, Fordham Class of 2027, is the recipient of our newest award, the FCAA/Glen Cove Neighborhood Association Award. Made possible by the association, the award is presented to a student at Fordham who has made a significant community contribution to Glen Cove, NY. Agostino has been a peer tutor and peer mentor in his hometown and also volunteers for a number of organizations, including his high school’s Key Club and his town’s annual Feast of St. Rocco.

At Glen Cove High School, Agostino was ranked third in his class. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Rho-Kappa.

At Fordham, Agostino will major in accounting in the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill.

FCAA Encaenia Award 2024

Julian Shuttleworth, FCRH ’24, receives his award from Ana Estela (left), FCAA Secretary, and Fordham College Rose Hill Dean Maura Mast, Ph.D. (right).

Each year the Fordham College Alumni Association awards a Fordham armchair to a senior who has achieved an outstanding record of service to the college and whose career exemplifies the Fordham spirit. The award was presented this year by Ana Estela, Secretary of the Fordham College Alumni Association Board, and Fordham College Rose Hill Dean Maura Mast, Ph.D., to Julian Shuttleworth. 

According to Dean Mast, “Our honoree’s adaptability and resilience – especially amidst unprecedented challenges – have been inspiring. His seamless transition into significant responsibilities shows a remarkable maturity and dedication to the Rose Hill community. And his leadership style, marked by inclusivity, empathy, and integrity, sets as a shining example to all students.”

As a member of the Campus Activities Board and the Office for Student Involvement, Julian  was known for upholding each organization’s goal of making students feel welcome and heard.

A fellow student noted, “Julian is the best kind of leader, one that leads by example, [who] meets everyone exactly where they are and is deeply kind, passionate, and competent.” As another student put it,  “Julian is kind without motive, curious without judgment, and generous without a second thought.”

During  Julian’s time at Fordham, he also held roles in the Fordham Political Review, United Student Government and the Campus Activities Board. A political science major with minors in French and Francophone studies and journalism, he studied in France for a semester.

A gifted writer with a flair for research, Julian took a contemporary problem – overnight fame on the internet – and developed a series of research projects seeking to understand what rights sudden social media celebrities like Alex from Target lose or retain against libel and defamation? His mentor said, “Rarely have I met a student who is so skilled at making the law relevant for the next generation of problems and who is so capable of conducting research that will help us get ahead of them.”

Already Julian’s work has been noticed and is having an impact. In February, he presented at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference at George Washington University.

Said Dean Mast, “We expect this is just the beginning.”

The FCAA Legacy Endowed Scholarship

Grace Marrin and Gabriella Nisco are the latest recipients of the FCAA Legacy Endowed Scholarship, a needs-based program that was established in 1961.

Grace, Class of 2026, is majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. From
Long Branch, New Jersey, Grace hopes to attend Fordham Law School upon graduation.

“Since I was old enough to remember, I have dreamt of attending Fordham University,” said Grace, who is a sixth-generation Fordham student.

“I have never doubted the pure magic of the Fordham campus,” she said. “I truly believe it instills you with a sense of ineffable purpose and inspiration.”

“With the help of your donation, I can continue attending Fordham and, therefore, following my dreams,” she said.

Gabriella Nisco

Gabriella, Class of 2024, is from Wilton, CT. A journalism major, she hopes to remain in New York City and work for a fashion magazine, preferably Vogue. Gabriella is a member of the Fordham Club and is vice president of the Fordham chapter of the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester. and works on Fordham’s fashion magazine, Mode

“When I leave Fordham, not only will I be thankful for the education and opportunities I have been given, but I will be incredibly grateful for the Jesuit values that the university and community instilled in me.

FCAA Jim Dwyer Journalism Scholars Award 2024 Presented to Campbell Mattus, FCRH ’26

Jim Dwyer

Campbell Mattus, FCRH ‘26, has been awarded the 2024 Jim Dwyer Journalism Scholars Award from the FCAA.

Campbell Mattus

The $5,000 prize will serve as a stipend for Campbell’s unpaid internship this summer with Observer in Manhattan where she will work in the Lifestyle section where she will pitch ideas to writers and contribute her own pieces.

Currently Culture Editor of Really, a student-run fashion and lifestyle magazine, Campbell is a Dean’s List student in communications and media. She is also a member of Fordham United Student Government, the Fordham Marketing Association, and was a contributor to the Fairfield Coastal Neighbors Magazine in her native Connecticut. She has also been an outreach team member for the Fordham Business Development Coalition, an orientation leader for incoming Fordham students and a two-time captain for Fairfield’s Catwalk for a Cure.

Rev. George McMahon, S.J. Travel Fellowship to Cole Mullins, FCRH ’24

Cole Mullins, FCRH ’24, is the recipient of this year’s George McMahon, S.J. Travel Fellowship. Mullins, who said he was “honored and ecstatic” to receive the award, will use it to study in Taiwan this summer where he will conduct research for his American Studies Senior Thesis on the U.S. role in the cross-strait relationship between China and Taiwan.

“I am particularly looking at the actions taken by the U.S. with Taiwan surrounding the Nixon, Carter, and Biden Administrations,” said Cole. “I will study the effects of these actions and gather information for my research project.”  

Said Cole, “During my time in Taiwan, I will visit national monuments, try new foods, explore the different cities, and speak with the people from Taiwan to learn their stories. I look forward to exploring the beautiful country and collecting hands-on research to enhance my thesis. I am thankful that this fellowship award is available, as it will allow me to live out my dream of traveling to a beautiful country!”

In addition to American Studies, Cole is studying International Political Economy and is on a pre-law track. Originally from Coronado, California, he has been involved in a variety of activities at Fordham, such as the Fordham Club, Fordham Hot Notes Acapella, New Student Orientation, Fordham United Student Government, Intramural Co-Ed Volleyball,  Rose Hill Society, and other engaging extracurriculars. 

The Rev. Joseph M. McShane SJ, FCAA Student Achievement Award

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany Wu is the 2023 recipient of the Rev. Joseph McShane Student Achievement Award from the FCAA, presented to a student, not originally on scholarship, who makes great strides while at Fordham.

Tiffany Wu, the 2023 recipient of the award, was born and raised in Queens after her parents emigrated from China in the 1990’s. A 2020 graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, she says she chose Fordham because, “New York truly has so much to offer.”

As a member of Fordham’s Class of 2024, Tiffany is now a senior majoring in political science and environmental studies. Though she hasn’t made a final decision on her post-graduation plans, she is seriously considering applying for a master’s program related to sustainable management.

In her out-of-classroom life, Tiffany is involved in the Fordham Climate Impact Initiative Club, the Commuter Student Association and the Asian Cultural Exchange.

She shares that, “All the clubs relate to my identity and interests, but also they give me the opportunity to meet other like-minded peers. These clubs have been a great way for me to feel more involved at Fordham.”

Tiffany also has a part-time position at the NYC Department of Sanitation as a college aide.

“It feels great to put some knowledge and skills at use in the office,” she says. “It is interesting to see how the city operates and functions, given the size and unpredictability.”

The Rev. George J. McMahon, SJ,
Endowed Scholarship Fund

Grace Pak
In 2019, the FCAA became trustee of the Rev. George J. McMahon, SJ, Endowed Scholarship Fund, created by the Class of 1966, for their 25th anniversary jubilee in 1991. The scholarship provides tuition, room and board, to exceptional students at Fordham College Rose Hill and the Gabelli School of Business. It was created in honor of Father George McMahon, former Dean of Fordham who was dear to generations of students. 
Rev. George J. McMahon, S.J., former Dean of Fordham College

The most recent McMahon recipient is Grace Pak, FCLC ’27. Grace is from Carlisle, PA, and is in the Honors Program at Fordham where she is a journalism major. She is also a writer for the Observer, Lincoln Center’s newspaper and was stage manager for the Splinter Theater group’s production of Godspell. A theater afficionado, Grace is enjoying living in Manhattan and takes every opportunity she can to see a Broadway or Off-Broadway show. 

“Receiving the Rev. McMahon scholarship has been a huge blessing for me and my family,” said Grace, who said her parents were previously helping pay her tuition while she also took at loans. “This scholarship has relieved that immediate financial stress and the pressure of future repayment, allowing me the freed to explore all Fordham has to offer.”l