The FCAA provides a number of grants and scholarships each year to qualifying Fordham College at Rose Hill students.
FCAA Journalism Scholar’s Award
Allison Lecce, a rising junior majoring in international studies with a minor in journalism, is recipient of the FCAA’s Journalism Scholars Award for 2020. Allison grew up in Chappaqua, NY and graduated from Horace Greeley High School.
She is copy editor and contributing writer for The Ram and also a part of Project Sunshine and UNICEF. Allison’s goal is to work as a foreign correspondent and she will begin pursuing that endeavor with her internship this summer at PassBlue, an outlet that reports on the UN. Allison also tells us she is passionate about children’s and refugees’ rights and, through her work, hopes to shed light and educate the public on issues in the Middle East and Africa.
The Rev. George McMahon, S.J. Travel Fellowship
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.
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
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.
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.
FCAA Legacy Endowed Scholarship
The FCAA endows two full scholarships each year for legacy students, a needs-based program that was established in 1961. The most recent recipients are Olivia Frantzeskos of Chappaqua, NY and Rachel Leva of Larchmot, both from the Class of 2023.
Olivia is on a pre-law track with a major in environmental studies and a double minor in political science and American studies. Olivia tells us her first year at Fordham fulfilled all her expectations, from the close-knit community on campus to the many opportunities available to her. “I feel appreciative for the level of engagement my professors offered as well as all the great friends I have made during my short time in college,” said Olivia, who is a writer for the Fordham Undergraduate Law Review (FULR), co-chair of Campus Activities Board (CAB E-Board), and an intramural volleyball player. “Being part of Fordham has provided me with incredible opportunities, both personally and academically,” she said.
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
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.
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