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2015 SoLII Recipients

Alisha Hartmann

Alisha Hartmann

2016 - Ammerman Campus

 

Stony Brook University
Biology

 

While studying biology at SCCC, Alisha excelled in student leadership. She was president of the Community Service Club, an Orientation Leader, and a chair member of Campus Activities Board.

 

How has winning a SoLII Scholarship affected you?
"It has motivated me and given me the confidence to go into Stony Brook University ready to take on whatever challenges and opportunities that come my way."

Colm Ashe

Colm Ashe

2016 - Ammerman Campus

 

Molloy College
New Media Studies

 

Colm is excited to enter a field in which he can use his voice as a writer to expand the perspectives of others.

 

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Explore your potential. SoLII, other colleges, and the rest of the world aren't in need of someone who just follows the basic formula to success. You will be recognized for effort, but you will be remembered for uniqueness. How will you make a difference?"

Deanna Keen

Deanna Keen

2016 - Ammerman Campus

 

St. Joseph's College
Human Relations

 

In addition to her course work, Deanna honed her leadership skills while working her way up to being an Executive Member of Campus Activities Board and as an Orientation Leader. Deanna's leadership experience under the mentorship of SCCC Counselor Frank Vino helped solidify her career goal as a College Counselor; she wants to impact students' lives the way he impacted hers.
Elisandra Fini

Elisandra Fini

2016 - Michael J. Grant Campus

 

St. Joseph's College
Adolescent Education - English

 

Notwithstanding the countless awards, honors, and recognitions received while at SCCC, including the All-USA Academic Team, Elisandra considers community service to be among her most impactful memories. As VP of Service for PTK, she organized a Make-A-Wish fundraiser and helped build a community playground. Elisandra recognizes that the encouragement and guidance she received from everyone at SCCC helped her to tap into her potential, and she plans to pay that forward throughout her teaching career.
Kevin Dumas

Kevin Dumas

2016 - Ammerman Campus

 

SUNY Old Westbury
Media and Communications

 

Kevin began learning about media in high school. Attending SCCC allowed him to enhance his skills on state-of-the-art audio equipment in SCCC's live remote van.

 

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"My advice to future SOLII applicants would be to work hard and always put in your best effort. When applying for the scholarship, write the essays from your heart and be personal."

Madina Aziz

Madina Aziz

2016 - Michael J. Grant Campus

 

NYIT
Computer Engineering - Information Technology

 

Madina is interested in technology and how it affects our lives. She wants to be one of the first female computer engineers from Afghanistan, and wants to use technology to help solve some of their problems.

 

How has winning a SoLII Scholarship affected you?
"It has proven that no matter where ever around the world you come from, it's all about the hard work that is considered not where you are coming from."

Rachel Piliere

Rachel Piliere

2016 - Ammerman Campus

 

LIU Post
Art Therapy

 

While still in high school, Rachel realized that she wanted a career that would combine her love of both art and psychology. Her psychology courses at SCCC increased her interest in the field. Outside of the classroom, Rachel belonged to several organizations including PTK and Brothers And Sisters In Christ.

 

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Always strive to be the best in all you do and work hard. Set goals for yourself and chase after them. "

Allison Brown

Allison Brown

2015 - Ammerman Campus

St. Joseph's College
Child Study

Allison has known that she wanted to work with children since she was in 7th grade. Children's creativity and resilience inspire Allison to support these values in generations of preschool students throughout her career.

How has winning a SoLII Scholarship affected you?
"It proves that nothing at college stands alone. Every grade, every activity, every experience intertwine to create a whole student here at Suffolk."

Ana Catalan

Ana Rubi Catalan

2015 - Eastern Campus

LIU Post
Business with a Concentration in Marketing

Rubi is a hard-working and ambitious young woman who loves working with people. At SCCC, she was the co-founder and Vice President of Dream, Love, Hope - a service group that works to help those in need.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Believe in yourself! If you really want something, you can achieve it. Give the best you have and it will pay off."

Brianna DiPaola

Brianna DiPaola

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

St. Joseph's College
Speech Pathology and Psychology

At SCCC, Brianna was a Peer Mentor who enjoyed the opportunity to help new students through classroom presentations and campus tours.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"It gave me the confidence to attend my next school with an open mind and ready to learn."

Cahide Temel

Cahide Temel

2015 - Eastern Campus

St. Joseph's College
Business Administration

Building on her previous university experience in Turkey, Cahide enrolled at SCCC to pursue her dreams. While here, she earned her membership in Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma honor societies.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"This is a lifetime opportunity. I highly recommend that anyone with a high GPA apply for this scholarship."

Carissa Shevlin

Carissa Shevlin

2015 - Ammerman Campus

St. Joseph's College
Child Study

Carissa has always dreamed of becoming an educator of young children. While at SCCC, she spent two semesters working as a student teacher to learn about education and build relationships in the field.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"Winning this scholarship really boosted my confidence and helped me realize I am capable of so much more than I thought."

Celesse Vazquez

Celesse Vazquez

2015 - Eastern Campus

Stony Brook University
Biology

Celesse is inspired by new medical advancements and how they can help people. At SCCC, she participated in Women in STEM and will continue diligently working toward a career in Optometry at Stony Brook University.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"I don't believe in luck... 'plan your work and work your plan' because everything is earned; nothing is given."

Courtney Bocchieri

Courtney Bocchieri

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

St. Joseph's College
Psychology

At SCCC, Courtney played on the Women's Volleyball team. She also participated in fund-raising for breast cancer research through their Dig Pink and Play For the Fight Against Cancer events.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"I am very honored to have received this scholarship. It has validated all of my hard work in my academic and extracurricular activities."

Daniel Dellapina

Daniel Dellapina

2015 - Ammerman Campus

LIU Post
Accounting

Daniel relied heavily on his time-management skills as he balanced full-time employment with the requirements of his courses and membership in both Alpha Beta Gamma and Phi Theta Kappa. Additionally, Daniel also dedicated himself to helping other students in study groups.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"If you work hard and get involved, you can achieve this too."

Evelyn Diessler

Evelyn Diessler

2015 - Eastern Campus

LIU - Riverhead
Early Childhood Education

Evelyn has a passion for teaching young children that stems from her own experience with her 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Arnone. She has been active with SCCC's Early Childhood Education Club, where she has consistently been part of their Friday Family Fun Flicks program.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"It made me realize that anything I work hard for, I can accomplish."

Jessica Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez

2015 - Eastern Campus

Adelphi University
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Jessica served as Secretary of SCCC's Association of Latin American Students before becoming President the following year. Off campus, Jessica participated in an indoor women's soccer league and volunteered for the YMCA in East Hampton.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"It has inspired me to keep pushing to get an education and a degree. This is a pathway to success, which was not handed to me but earned through hard work."

Loic Moussoh

Loic Moussoh

2015 - Ammerman Campus

Briarcliffe College
Finance

Originally from Côte d'Ivoire, Loic chose to work toward a degree in Finance because of his love for math and economics. While at SCCC, he volunteered at the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding (CHDHU).

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Grades are not enough. Be different and know how to write your story."

Marissa Klassert

Marissa Klassert

2015 - Ammerman Campus

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Childhood Education

At the suggestion of one of her high school teachers, Marissa enrolled in an education class. Her experience there as well as teaching a 2nd grade religion class solidified her career path.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"It let me reflect on all that I have done. It fills me with pride. It inspires me to try to find new things to get involved with."

Mary Katherine O'Connell

Mary Katherine O'Connell

2015 - Ammerman Campus

St. Joseph's College
Criminal Justice

Mary Katherine is fascinated by the criminal justice process and enjoys going to court with her father, who is a lawyer. While at SCCC, Mary Katherine was a member of the Women's Basketball team and Phi Theta Kappa.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"It has given me even more motivation to continue academically, and to pursue my dreams and goals to the fullest."

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer

2015 - Eastern Campus

Molloy College
Speech Pathology and Audiology

Megan is passionate about helping others. She plans to use her education to help children with speech impediments, adults who have hearing and speaking disorders, or recipients of cochlear implants. While at SCCC, Megan enhanced the hard work she put into her American Sign Language classes by attending events in the Deaf community.
Rose Marie Oliviero

Rose Marie Oliviero

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

St. Joseph's College
Psychology with a Minor in Journalism

Rose Marie is a single mother whose priority is providing an example for her son. While at SCCC, Rose Marie was Secretary of the Chemical Dependency Counseling Club, and belonged to PTK and the Psychology Club. Outside of the campus, she is a Recovery Advocate, and is a Co-founder of SAFE (Supporting Addicts and Families Everywhere).

 

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Work hard, get involved, and most of all enjoy yourself!"

Samuel Zang

Samuel Zang

2015 - Ammerman Campus

Briarcliffe College
Criminal Justice

Samuel's interest in law enforcement during his first semester of college led him to join the Sixth Suffolk County Police Explorer's Post, where he learned more about law enforcement and participated in community service projects. As he continued his course work at SCCC, Samuel's dedication to the field has increased.
Sanjib Dey

Sanjib Dey

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU Brentwood
Nursing

From the time of his childhood, Sanjib was inspired by the care that nurses provided and he has dedicated his studies to following in their footsteps.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Definitely attend the workshops! If you attend the workshops, you'll know what you need and how you should apply."

Sarah Nangeroni

Sarah Nangeroni

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU Post
Art Therapy

Sarah chose the field of Art Therapy based on her own life-changing experience with art, and was inspired by the teachings of several SCCC faculty members.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Be honest and open in your essays. Let them get to know the real you through sharing meaningful relevant experiences. Don't try to sell yourself or create shopping lists of your accomplishments. Be genuine and speak from your heart."

Thomas Pirrone

Thomas Pirrone

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Farmingdale State College
Business

Thomas has the raw ingredients of a successful businessman: an entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to work hard, and the drive to succeed. He looks forward to learning more about the business field so that he can run his own company one day.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"It has shown me that hard work does pay off and gave me confidence. Great things happen when you work hard."

Tricia Wildman

Tricia Wildman

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Hofstra University
Psychology

Tricia accredits her success to working hard and building relationships. This is most evident in her role as co-founder of SCCC's Tri-Campus Spirit Week, where she brought the college community together to celebrate all that SCCC has to offer. Tricia also served as Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, Senator of the Student Engagement Committee, and a member of the Orientation Planning Committee.
Veronica  Chumbi

Veronica Chumbi

2015 - Eastern Campus

Five Towns College
Music Performance with a Concentration in Audio Engineering

Veronica is a singer-songwriter who began performing around Long Island at an early age. At SCCC, she was involved with several student organizations including the Music Club and the Association of Latin American Students.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Believe in yourself. So many people don't apply because they think they won't win. Be positive!"

Victoria Lohwasser

Victoria Lohwasser

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

St. John's University
Public Relations

Victoria plans to combine her love of writing, designing, and communicating into a career in public relations. While at SCCC, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Western Student Press.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Get involved around campus because you will have experiences that will affect you positively and make you an even better candidate."

Yvette Adams

Yvette Adams

2015 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Stony Brook University
Business Management

Yvette successfully balanced her roles as a full-time employee, mother, and evening college student. She dreams of starting a non-profit organization that will help teen-aged girls and single mothers through a variety of support systems.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
"Don't count yourself out. I thought I wouldn't be eligible because I was a little older than other students."

Alexandra Norbury

Alexandra Norbury

2014 - Eastern Campus

Stony Brook University
Applied Mathematics

Alexandra graduated in the top 15 of her class at Riverhead High School and continued to excel in SCCC's Honors Program. She will now be studying Applied Mathematics at Stony Brook University.
Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU Post
Business Administration

Amanda has been influenced by high school athletics and her work experience, where she learned that achievement comes from hard work and dedication. At SCCC, she was inspired by her professors to become a leader. She plans to translate her combined passion for art and business into a career where she can make a difference in people's lives.

Bryan Nee

Bryan Nee

2014 - Ammerman Campus

Dowling College
Communications

To simply say that Bryan enjoyed his years at SCCC would be an understatement. While here, he discovered his passion for acting and teaching. Additionally, Bryan took advantage of countless opportunities to help and inspire others.

Cassandra Nyati

Cassandra Nyati

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Stony Brook University
Biochemistry

Cassandra enrolled at SCCC for its inexpensive tuition and diverse student population; she graduated with an award-winning college experience. Her involvement in various activities helped her to earn leadership roles in multiple student organizations, scholarships, and awards that include the Chancellor's Biomedical Research Internship Award. Cassandra's career goals include becoming a neurosurgeon as well as founding a brain cancer research laboratory.

Courtney Musumeci

Courtney Musumeci

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU - Riverhead
Childhood Education

Courtney is a dedicated and determined student who strives for excellence. She devotes much of her time to working with children with autism and spreading awareness for the cause. Her love for working with children with special needs drove her to succeed while at SCCC, taking on a full-time course load and also working full-time as a special education aide. Courtney attended SCCC as a "Get There From Here" scholar and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Felipe Espitia-Cetina

Felipe Espitia Cetina

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Adelphi University
Finance

In addition to juggling the responsibilities of academics, family, student life, and work, Felipe took several leadership positions. He served as Student Trustee and President of The Association of Latin American Students, and as an active member of the Campus Life Committee, Speech and Debate Team, multiple Honor Societies, and the Western Student Press. Off campus, he served the community through work with Make the Road New York and the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board.

Jacklyn Marullo

Jacklyn Marullo

2014 - Ammerman Campus

St. Joseph's College
Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology

While at SCCC, Jacklyn served as Vice President of the Italian Club and was involved with the Honors Program and PTK. She is now a member of the Criminal Justice Club at St. Joseph's, and has been active in the Raise the Age movement. Her future plans include attending a graduate program in Forensic Counseling and beginning a career centered around helping people with substance abuse issues.

Jaclyn Langella

Jaclyn Langella

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Hofstra University
Sustainability, Geography, and Global Studies

While at SCCC, Jaclyn honed her leadership skills through participation in the Orientation Planning Committee, Peer Mentor team, Honors Club, and Phi Theta Kappa. At Hofstra, she joined the Honors College, supported environmental efforts such as the Climate March, and works as a data mapping specialist in the student computing services office. She has also been attending professional Geography conferences throughout the country.

James Stundis

James Stundis

2014 - Ammerman Campus

St. Joseph's College
Journalism and New Media Studies

At SCCC, James enjoyed participating in PTK events. He looks forward to continuing his education at St. Joseph's College where his love of writing, and interest in digital media and social networks, will aid him in his upcoming courses.

What does winning a SoLII scholarship mean to you?
"Receiving a SoLII Scholarship has validated my mantra of 'work hard and work ahead'. It will give me the opportunity to take full advantage of all that St. Joseph's College has to offer."

Jeanatte Ouldelhkim

Jeanatte Ouldelhkim

2014 - Eastern Campus

Briarcliffe College
Graphic Design

While at SCCC, Jeanatte was a "Get There From Here" scholar, student representative to the CTEA Advisory Council, and PTK member. She also volunteered for activities such as the SCCC blood drive and the Eastern Campus's Open House.

How has winning a SOLII scholarship affected you?
"The scholarship motivated me to succeed and take more initiative. Now I can worry less about educational expenses and focus more on my academic goals."

Kevin Lopez

Kevin Lopez

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Communications

Kevin is a man of God who wants to exalt the name of Jesus wherever he goes. As president of SCCC's Christian Faith Fellowship Club, he motivated members to preach the gospel on campus. He wants to be a communications professor.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
"My life has been greatly impacted by this scholarship because I can move forward with my pursuit of being a communications professor."

Maryam Rabbani

Maryam Rabbani

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

NYIT
Biology

Upon receiving the Chancellor's Education Pipeline Biomedical Research Award, Maryam began studying the expression of proteins used to differentiate benign from malignant uterine cancer cells. This important research could lead to earlier diagnoses and potentially save lives. Outside of the lab, she served as President of the Natural Science and Discovery Club and helped her PTK chapter earn its 5-Star recognition through an Honors In Action project.

Milton Farez

Milton Farez

2014 - Eastern Campus

LIU - Post
Business Administration

After moving here from Cuenca, Ecuador, Milton worked tirelessly to succeed, recalling the quote "A dream doesn't become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination, and hard work." He also credits his family, friends, and professors for their support. This scholarship will enable him to continue his studies and lead to more success.
Nicholas Frazier

Nicholas Frazier

2014 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Post
Television Production

According to Nicholas, attending SCCC was the best decision of his life. This is where he met Professor Bernstein, who reaffirmed his decision to major in Broadcasting. While at SCCC, Nicholas was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Chi Eta, a "Get There From Here" Scholar, and a part-time employee at Cablevision and the Anchorage Yacht Club. For fun Nicholas enjoys being a DJ in his new business venture, Aspire Entertainment.

Rachel Cipriano

Rachel Cipriano

2014 - Eastern Campus

Saint Joseph's College
Hospitality Management

Rachel realized her passion for the culinary arts during her high school years. At SCCC, she participated in the Culinary and Baking Club, and joined the Alpha Beta Gamma and Pi Alpha Sigma honor societies. Rachel's goals include opening a catering establishment emphasizing gluten-free, sugar-free, and other diet friendly options.

Robert Kowalski

Robert Kowalski

2014 - Ammerman Campus

Farmingdale State College
Mechanical Engineering

A graduate of SCCC's Automotive Program, Robert is continuing his education in Farmingdale State College's Mechanical Engineering Program. From there he plans on pursuing his passion, and working towards a career as an automotive engineer and designer. Robert strongly believes that Suffolk was the best start towards an even better career thanks to the dedicated professors both in and out of the automotive program.

Sawsan Elkurd

Sawsan Elkurd

2014 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Riverhead
Childhood Education

A mother of four college students, including fellow SoLII scholarship recipient Asya Ashour, Sawsan began to pursue her dream of being a teacher at the age of 46, after her mother passed away. Her love for children has motivated her to complete her degree in education. She would like to use this degree to provide impoverished children with a better education in her home country of Jordan.

Taylor Biondi

Taylor Biondi

2014 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Brentwood
Nursing

While completing the rigorous course load of SCCC's Nursing Program, Taylor volunteered at Stony Brook University Hospital, several campus blood drives, the Nursing Club's Holiday Toy Drive, and the Annual Halloween Festival. She was also nominated to serve as student representative for the CTEA Local Advisory Council. Taylor is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Pi Alpha Sigma Honor Societies, and was a "Get There from Here" scholar.

Vincent Mistretta

Vincent Mistretta

2014 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Saint Joseph's College
Accounting

While working multiple jobs, staying active in his church, and earning high grades, Vincent served as President of the Christian Faith Fellowship and Business Club, Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa, and other leadership roles. He also tutored in the Business and Accounting Learning Center, assisted with the coordination of the SCCC Free Tax Program, and worked as a Peer Mentor.

Alison Woods

Alison Woods

2013 - Ammerman Campus

Adelphi University
Social Work

Alison Woods is a motivated student who spends much of her free time helping others, especially children. While at SCCC, she worked with Phi Theta Kappa to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Amanda Kahalehoe

Amanda Kahalehoe

2013 - Eastern Campus

Saint Joseph's College
Adolescence Education in English

Amanda is a full-time college student, wife, mother, employee, and the chapter President of Sigma Tau Delta. Her thesis will be presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. While juggling these responsibilities, she maintains a GPA worthy of the Dean's List.

"I extend my sincerest gratitude to the dedicated faculty and staff of SCCC as I continue to achieve academic and personal success, all of which have been made possible by the Stay on Long Island Initiative."

Angela Curcio

Angela Curcio

2013 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Riverhead
Communication Studies-New Media

Angela transferred to Long Island University to study Communications; New Media after graduating from SCCC with a degree in Communications; Journalism. Upon graduation at LIU, she plans to purse her Masters in Business in Administration so that she can work in the management perspective of marketing, public relations, or promotions.

Chris Petrosino

Chris Petrosino

2013 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU - Brentwood
Nursing

Chris Petrosino is an exceptional man who has devoted his time to health care. While at SCCC, Chris navigated a challenging course load, worked full time as a Nurse Aide, attended clinicals, and served as Co-President of the Nursing Club. Additionally Chris has served the greater community by establishing two non-profit organizations overseas, and serving as President/Vice President of the Nassau Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America.

Christina Jachowdik

Christina Jachowdik

2013 - Ammerman Campus

Adelphi University
Nursing

Christina intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Nursing with a focus in nutrition. Her passion is to promote wellness within the community and teach the importance of disease prevention through healthy lifestyle choices.

Claudia Quispe

Claudia Quispe

2013 - Eastern Campus

LIU - Post
Accounting

Claudia Quispe is an Accounting major who aspires to become a Forensic Accountant. While at SCCC, she served as Alpha Beta Gamma's Secretary and Vice President, as well as Phi Theta Kappa's Treasurer. In these roles, she helped raise money for the Harry Project, Long Island Cares, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Ilknur Eren

Ilknur Eren

2013 - Eastern Campus

Dowling College
Communications

Ilknur is a Communications major concentrating on media studies and minoring in Marketing. After graduating, she would like to put her education to work in marketing, film, or public relations.

Are you still involved in extracurricular activities?
The SoLII scholarship allowed me to open my time to play on the girls tennis team where I had the exciting opportunity to travel and play with other college teams.

Maria Palmer

Maria Palmer

2013 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Five Towns College
Childhood Education

Maria had never imagined going to college, but her love of children inspired her to enroll at SCCC as an Education major while student teaching at the campus child care center.

Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

2013 - Eastern Campus

St. Joseph's College
English

After graduating as Valedictorian at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, Melissa continued to excel at SCCC. She intends to carry over her life-long love of writing and literature into her future career.

Michael Luca

Michael Luca

2013 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Post
Musical Theater

While at SCCC, Michael was heavily involved with both the Theater Department and the Honors Program. He now resides at LIU Post where he is enrolled as a Musical Theatre major with a minor in Mathematics.

How has winning a SOLII scholarship affected you?
"The scholarship has permitted me to experience dorm life. I find myself more committed to the learning process when I don't have to worry about getting to and from school."

Sara Kriz

Sara Kriz

2013 - Eastern Campus

LIU - Riverhead
Childhood Education

Sara seeks to create a non-profit organization that advocates for students with disabilities. The organization would also help educators to develop additional opportunities to accommodate these students.

What has inspired you to work with young people?
Working and volunteering for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Y.M.C.A. has instilled in me a strong desire to help others and support the community around me.

Thalia Olaya

Thalia Olaya

2013 - Eastern Campus

St. John's University
Criminal Justice

Thalia is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and minoring in Philosophy at St. John's University. She has taken on several leadership roles, including President of her Hall Council, co-founder of Project Empower Me, and student ambassador. She has also been active with the campus ministry, where she participates in an after school tutoring program and also distributes food and clothing to the homeless and immigrant workers.

Yuliya Kolomiyets

Yuliya Kolomiyets

2013 - Eastern Campus

Briarcliffe College
Accounting

Born in Nikolayev, Ukraine, Yuliya moved to New York at age 13. While working as an artist, she decided to change career paths and invest in her future as an accountant. An Honors student and PTK member, she also managed the books for a fine dining establishment on Shelter Island.

Blair Flynn

Blair Flynn

2012 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Dowling College
Psychology

Blair is devoting her life toward helping people diagnosed with mental illness and educating the public about mental health. While at SCCC, she was the President of Psi Beta and worked at a group home for young adults.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
Get involved and get to know your professors outside of the classroom as well. Those things make the experience so much better.

Denise Gaynor

Denise Gaynor

2012 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU Post
Nursing

Denise credits the Nursing Program at SCCC putting her on the path to a very satisfying and gratifying career. She now works as a psychiatric nurse while pursuing her Bachelor's degree.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
I have developed a network of support with fellow students, advisors, and professors. It is the kind of resource that is hard to sustain when one goes away to school, and then returns to Long Island to start a career.

Emily Cox

Emily Cox

2012 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU - Post
Speech Pathology

Influenced by a six-year-old girl who was selectively mute, Emily changed her career goal from being an environmental scientist to a speech pathologist.

What do you like most about LIU Post?
I love the environment here. With my program I get to be with the same students for a lot of my classes, so it's a great networking opportunity.

Krista Miller

Krista Miller

2012 - Ammerman Campus

Hofstra University
Legal Studies

While at SCCC, Krista was Vice President of SGA and the Legal Society. She also served on the Code of Conduct Board, and was the Finance Chair of the Club Board. She stayed involved at Hofstra by joining the Legal Studies Group and Honors College.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants?
Be willing to take on more than you thought you could; use Suffolk as an opportunity to grow and stretch yourself.

Michelle Fritz

Michelle Fritz

2012 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Adelphi University
Accounting

Michelle Fritz is a motivated student and dedicated volunteer. In addition to her school and work obligations, she devoted her time to work with the Judi Shesh Foundation, the East Islip Middle School FACS Club, and Double H. Ranch for Children with Life Threatening Diseases. While serving as Secretary for the Honors Club, she also spearheaded their December toy drive for the Anderson School for Autism.

Patricia Scholl

Patricia Scholl

2012 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Riverhead
Communications-New Media and Journalism

After raising a family, Patricia decided to go back to college at age 53. She received a full tuition scholarship to LIU and is pursuing a career in writing and editing. Patricia has published articles in Dan's Papers, L.I. Pulse, and Newsday. Presently, she is working on a novel.

Asya Ashour

Asya Ashour

2011 - Ammerman Campus

LIU - Post
Accounting

While at SCCC, Asya was Vice President of Accounting of the Business and Accounting club and the Finance Chair of Phi Theta Kappa. Asya graduated from LIU Post as Valedictorian and subsequently from Baruch College with a Masters Degree in Accounting.

How well do you feel Suffolk prepared you for LIU Post?
Suffolk was the initial launch of my career and success. My professors challenged me and pushed me to do my very best. I owe it all to them.

Caitlyn McGrellis

Caitlyn McGrellis

2011 - Ammerman Campus

Dowling College
Elementary Education

Caitlyn seeks to make a difference in the lives of children by becoming a teacher. At SCCC, she made a difference through her participation in numerous campus clubs, honor societies, and community organizations.

What do you like most about Dowling College?
Everyone is so helpful, and the professors really care about how you do.

Jennifer Hessian

Jennifer Hessian

2011 - Michael J. Grant Campus

Saint Joseph's College
Nursing

Jennifer successfully took on SCCC's challenging Nursing curriculum while remaining active on campus. She was a member of the Nursing Club and Phi Theta Kappa, and also volunteered with the American Heart Association.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants or incoming freshman at Suffolk?
If you're applying, you're doing the right thing... Keep up your GPA.

Matthew Skolnick

Matthew Skolnick

2011 - Ammerman Campus

St. Joseph's College
Psychology

At SCCC, Matt served as his PTK chapter's Communications Chairperson and graduated from the Honors Program. He continued leading at St. Joseph's College as President of the Psychology Club. He also completed an original research proposal and study on the emotional effects of venting on Facebook. Matt is currently working toward a Master of Social Work degree at Stony Brook University.

Noah Hoshyla

Noah Hoshyla

2011 - Eastern Campus

St. Joseph's College
Child Study and Speech

At SCCC, Noah was involved with numerous Phi Theta Kappa activities. He graduated from St. Joseph's College with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Study and Speech. He looks forward to being a role model for children through a career in education.

How has winning a SoLII scholarship affected you?
The SoLII Scholarship program has opened numerous doors and paths for my career and life to follow.

Victoria Nocco

Victoria Nocco

2011 - Michael J. Grant Campus

LIU - Post
Physical Education

Victoria is a talented swimmer who aspires to teach physical education. While at SCCC, she was a member of the swim team and Phi Theta Kappa.

What advice would you give to future SoLII applicants or incoming freshman at Suffolk?
To work hard and make the best of their situation. Take advantage of the opportunities at Suffolk.