Grants & Scholarships

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

FCAA Jim Dwyer Journalism Scholars Award Presented to Abbey Delk, FCRH ’22

Abbey Delk, FCRH ’22, news editor of The Ram and journalism student at Fordham, has been named this year’s recipient of the FCAA Jim Dwyer Journalism Scholars Award. The award is named for Fordham College alum Jim Dwyer, Class of 1979, a New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner who passed away last year.

Abbey has written for the Wheeling Intelligencer in her hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia and has contributed to The Paper at Fordham. 

The Dwyer award will help fund her summer internship at Mood of Living, an online magazine. Abbey also completed an internship at the National Executive Service Corps and serves on the Fordham Experimental Theatre Executive Board.

Jim Dwyer

The Rev. George McMahon, S.J. Travel Fellowship

Stephanie Plaza

Stephanie Plaza, FCRH ’21 is the 2019 recipient. Captain of the cheerleading team and an executive leader of the Campus Activities Board, she is studying computer science and marketing. A New Jersey native, she used her travel grant to volunteer with I Am Zambia to help improve the lives of students in the region. Specifically, she worked in a girls’ school and health clinic to empower Zambian women to prepare for secondary education, get jobs and to become entrepreneurs. Said Stephanie, “I am so excited to be a part of this mission to spread education around the world and give back to the Zambian community! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to give back! I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the Fordham College Alumni Association.”

Honoring the late Father George McMahon, S.J., Dean of Fordham College (1962-1974), this annual $5,000 fellowship helps a student defray travel costs while conducting an independent study or research project.

Student Wins Two FCAA Awards Legacy Endowed Scholarship & George McMahon S.J. Travel Fellowship 2022

Olivia Frantzeskos has been awarded the 2022 George mcMahon S.J. Travel Fellowship. Olivia, along with Rachel Leva of Larchmont, both Class of 2023, is also the recipient of the FCAA Legacy Endowed Scholarship, a needs-based program that was established in 1961.

“I am immensely grateful for the academic and professional opportunities I’ve been offered during my time as an undergraduate, as well as the support along the way from my professors and peers,” said Olivia who will use the travel award for a legal internship in London this summer. 

Oliva Frantzeskos

“This opportunity also complements a majority of courses I have taken centered on legal principles and justice studies, such as the Development of Human Rigths Law and Environmental Justice,” she said.

“I welcome what’s to come and I look forward to connecting with a new host of like-minded professionals, as well as surrounding myself with the vibrant culture and history of London,” she said. 

Olivia Frantzeskos is a junior at Fordham College Rose Hill from Chappaqua, NY. She is an environmental studies major and American studies minor a pre-law track. During her time at Fordham Olivia has been a published writer with the Fordham Undergraduate Law Review (FULR). She is an executive board member for the Campus Activities Board and vice-chair of the United Student Government’s Sustainability Committee. Last fall, she was one of two writers on the FULR chosen to present their published article at the first Intercollegiate Undergraduate Law Review Conference. Off campus, Olivia has wored as a Legal Research & Writing intern for Her Lawyer and was a Community & Constitutent Intern for NYS Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal.

The Travel Fellowship carries an award of$5,000 for a student to use for travel that incorporates his or her studies. It is named after Rev. George mcMahon, S.J., the legendary former dean of Fordham College who devoted most of his life to the education of talented young men and women.

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

The Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ, Student Achievement Award is designated for a student, not already on scholarship, who demonstrates extraordinary academic and extracurricular accomplishment during his or her time at the university. The FCAA Board of Directors voted to name the honor for Fordham President Father Joseph McShane after he presented the idea for an award noting a student’s development at the university.

The McShane’s first awardee is Maeve Burke, FCRH ’20, a communications and media studies major from Pennsylvania. In addition to her studies, Maeve has been an intern at CBS News, the Discovery Channel and at the BBC. She has also worked at Fordham’s own WFUV Public Radio.

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

Sarah McCarthy, FCRH ’21
Michelle Moughan, FCLC ’23

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 recipients are Sarah McCarthy, FCRH ’21 and Michelle Moughan, FCLC ’23.

Sarah is an English and History major. A Bronx native, Sarah was salutatorian of her graduating class at Preston High School. At Fordham, she is a member of the Honors Program and has been on the Dean’s List. Sarah says she is grateful to Fordham for making her education affordable to her and her family. She also revels in Fordham’s sense of community and service to which she attributes her desire to volunteer on a regular basis at a local nursing home in its rehabilitation center.

Michelle is from Kingston, New York, where she was her class valedictorian at John A. Coleman Catholic High School. She was also active in theater and worked at the Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts and at the Anne Hebart School of Ballet. At Fordham, Michelle is studying communications and culture. She is a student ambassador in the Lincoln Center Society and performs with the Splinter Musical Theatre Group.

Fordham Rose Hill Research Symposium Grant

The FCAA’s 2020 Fordham Rose Hill Research Symposium Grant has been awarded to Marie Natalie Yamilée Morency, a ’20 grad. Yamilee, who majored in chemistry and minored in math, studied with Fordham’s Dr. Joshua Schrier in computational chemistry. She wrote software to generate Hirshfeld surfaces from .cif files. (A Hirshfeld surface is defined as a region around a molecule of crystal.) Previously, she worked in Fordham’s Meneses lab studying Porcine circovirus type 2. This fall, Yamilee joins the University of Pennsylvania’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department as a Ph.D. student. 

FCAA Encaenia Award

ENCAENIA, May 16, 2019

During the annual Fordham College at Rose Hill Encaenia ceremony, the FCAA presents a Fordham chair to a student who exemplifies the Fordham spirit of excellence in academic, service and extracurricular achievement. The 2019 FCAA Encaenia chair was presented to Charlotte Hakikson by FCRH Dean Maura Mast (right) and FCAA president Debra Caruso Marrone (left).

Charlotte was a double major in theology and African American Studies. She was also an ambassador for the Rose Hill Society, welcoming prospective students and families, an Urban Plunge Assistant who introduced incoming first-year students to community service and social justice, and both a commuter assistant and resident assistant.