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Michael Pesce

Michael Pesce

2017 - Eastern Campus

Iona College
Computer Science

Michael has always been interested in computers and feels that they are essential to the future, which is why he chose his major. While at SCCC, Michael played on the intramural basketball team.

What advice would you give to future NYSPS applicants?
"Even if the chances seem small, strive for the best you can be."

Christina Fives

Christina Fives

2017 - Ammerman Campus

Medaille College
English with a minor in Creative Writing

Christina has a passion for writing and literature. With the encouragement of her American Literature, Creative Writing, and Theater professors, Christina is working hard to pursue her dream.

How has winning a NYS Presidential Scholarship affected you?
"It has given me the ability to follow my dreams at an amazing school."

Alexa Pedersen

Alexa Pedersen

2017 - Ammerman Campus

Utica College
Fraud and Financial Crime Investigations with a minor in Spanish

While at SCCC, Alexa completed an internship with the Suffolk County Police Department, which clarified that she was on the right path to her future career. She was able to experience various departments within her career field.

What advice would you give to future NYSPS applicants?
"Take every opportunity SCCC gives you, whether it is a scholarship option, or joining a club. Get involved, and be a part of the community."

Amanda Gherardi

Amanda Gherardi

2016 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Iona College
Childhood Education

Amanda loves working with children and wants to be the teacher that helps every child succeed. At SCCC, she was active in the Aspiring Teacher's Club and Phi Theta Kappa.

How has winning this scholarship affected you?
"Winning this scholarship just proved to me that anything is possible; all my hard work the last four semesters paid off and that is the best feeling in the world."

AnnMarie Bocca

AnnMarie Bocca

2016 - Ammerman Campus

LIM College
Fashion Merchandising

AnnMarie has always wanted to pursue a career in both fashion and business. Choosing Fashion Merchandising allows her to be creative, and will enable her to apply marketing to the fashion industry. At SCCC, AnnMarie belonged to PTK and Alpha Beta Gamma honor societies.

How has winning this scholarship affected you?
"It has given me the encouragement and motivation to continue to educate myself and create a better future."