AWARDS FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS
Some awards, related to specific curriculum areas or college
service, are determined by other college departments or committees
and may have a special application form and determination process.
These awards are designated by a diamond ♦. Inquire at the
particular department or the Foundation office.
Alpha Beta Gamma
A scholarship fund created by members of the local Delta Chapter of
Alpha Beta Gamma, a national business honor society, provides
scholarship awards to outstanding graduating students in various
eligible curricula. Awards are $100.
John F.X. Ambrose
This scholarship, in memory of a former registrar, will be presented
to a Westchester
Community College student who has an above average scholastic
record, has given outstanding service to the college community and
has a commitment to continue his or her education at a four-year
of University Women Scholarships
These $500 awards are presented at graduation to female students who
have been accepted at a four-year college. Recipients must have
maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated leadership
qualities and concern for women’s issues. The award is funded by the
Westchester Branch of the AAUW.
Leonard J. Barrett Memorial Award
An award of $50 in memory of the former Dean of Student Personnel
Services is awarded to a graduating athlete who has excelled on the
playing field as well as in class. Criteria include achievement of
the highest GPA above 3.0 and recommendation by the head coach for
possession of the intellectual, athletic and sportsmanlike
characteristics akin to those of Dr. Barrett.
Anna J. Bernard
This award of $300 is presented annually to an African-American
student upon graduation from Westchester Community College. The
recipient must be a resident of Westchester County who is
transferring to a four-year institution, must have given outstanding
service to the college and present an excellent academic record.
Walter & Mary Breede
This $500 award perpetuates the memory of Walter Breede Jr., a good
friend of the college and a dedicated language student. The award is
presented at graduation to a student who has been accepted at a
four-year institution and who has demonstrated proficiency in at
least one modern language and in English, and who best exemplifies
excellence, perseverance, sensitivity and cooperation in the pursuit
of his or her academic and personal goals.
David B. and Louise
F. Chisholm Scholarship
Two awards of $400 each are presented at commencement to graduating
students who demonstrate the most all-around achievement in
scholarship, character, and civic responsibility, and plan to
continue their education at a four-year institution.
Mary A. Christesen
An award of $50 is presented in memory of Mary A. Christesen to the
graduating student with the highest academic achievement in the
Associate degree Nursing curriculum.
Robert J. Condon
This scholarship, in memory of a former professor at the college, is
given to an outstanding graduating student who is majoring in
Accounting or Computer Information Systems.
Marshall and Helen
Cooke Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Keyes, $250 is awarded to a
deserving student selected by the President of the college.
In memory of his dedication to teaching and his devotion to his
studies, a $250 scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding
Physics or Engineering Science graduating student.
Alfred B. Delbello
$1,000 is presented at commencement to one or two full-time students
who are residents of Westchester County. Its purpose is to enable
the student(s) to continue at Westchester Community College or
transfer to a four-year institution.
Memorial Scholarship Award
This annual award of $1,000 is given by the college family in memory
of Vera Delgrosso to an outstanding graduating student who plans to
attend a four-year college, has demonstrated academic achievement
and outstanding service to the college.
Harold L. Drimmer
In honor of the distinguished former chairman of the college’s Board
of Trustees, an award of $500 is made annually by the Foundation to
an outstanding Westchester Community College graduate with financial
need planning to continue his or her higher education.
Jeffrey A. Fischman
Memorial Scholarship Award
In memory of Mr. Fischman’s dedication to the teaching profession,
$200 is awarded to a graduating student who plans to pursue a career
in education which involves working with children.
Letty Fisher Memorial
These awards are presented to outstanding graduates of the Fashion
Dr. Julius Ford Award
$500 is awarded to an outstanding African American male student, who
exemplifies Dr. Ford’s spirit of leadership and service. Dr. Julius
Ford is the retired vice president and dean of students, who held
this position for over 30 years.
Joseph T. Foster
In honor of a distinguished member of the business department, a
$100 award is given to the business studies graduating student with
the highest GPA and is funded through contributions from alumni,
family, friends, and associates.
Prof. Stephen J.
Friedman Memorial History Award
One or two awards of at least $600 each will be given to graduating
students who have demonstrated an interest and excellence in history
courses taken at the college. The recipient(s) should have taken at
least three history courses and received a grade of A in two of
them. Recipient(s) must intend to continue his or her education
beyond Westchester Community College and should indicate a desire to
expand his or her knowledge of history.
Anne Marie Glatzel
In memory of this distinguished Office Technologies professor, $100
is awarded to the graduating student in that curriculum who best
exemplifies the character traits of appropriate business attitudes,
professionalism, and scholarship, and who will pursue further
Arthur James Hackett
$1,500 is awarded annually to a student graduating from either
Engineering Science or Engineering Technologies who plans to
continue his or her education in engineering or technology.
Dr. Joseph N. Hankin
Public Speaking Award
This book award is given to two graduating students who have
demonstrated excellence in public speaking and who have excelled in
the Communications and Media Arts curriculum.
Leonard A. Harper
Awarded to a graduate of the Educational Opportunity Center, a
student with a B average or better who has been accepted at a
college to continue his or her education, and has financial need.
Melvin Herman Human
Service Memorial Award
Established by Professor Pauline Herman in memory of her husband,
$100 is presented at commencement to a graduating student in Human
Services who plans to continue his or her education.
Electrical and Electronics Engineers Award
A diploma of achievement and a cash award are given to a student in
Electrical Technology who is academically outstanding and has
contributed to the IEEE Chapter at the college and to the Electrical
A $200 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student of Italian
who is graduating from Westchester Community College and who has
been an active member and/or officer of the Italian Club.
Andrew Joerg Memorial
Professor Ernest Joerg, in memory of his father, provides two texts
of major importance to an outstanding graduating student in the
Electrical Technology curriculum planning to continue his or her
education in a four-year electrical or mechanical technology
Johanna Eva Joerg
$50 is given annually to an outstanding female student in Electrical
Technology or Engineering Science majoring in Electrical Engineering
or the Electronics certificate program. Recipient must achieve a GPA
of 3.0 or better.
Dr. Calvin Johnson
Jr. RRT Memorial Award (ADD)
This award is granted by the Respiratory Care faculty & the Johnson
family to the Respiratory Care student who has demonstrated the
personal attributes that exemplified Dr. Johnson’s
character—leadership, enthusiasm, camaraderie, congeniality, warmth
Martin Luther King
$500 is awarded by the Westchester Community College Foundation to a
graduating minority student with an overall cumulative average of
3.0 or better. Criteria include good character, leadership qualities
and evidence of outstanding service in promoting racial brotherhood.
John A. Kley
In honor of this former Foundation Board member, $500 is awarded
annually by the Westchester Community College Foundation to the
Henry R. Korn
Memorial Mathematics Award
This $100 award recognizes an outstanding student of mathematics
with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and who demonstrates a continuing
creative interest in mathematics.
Philip C. Martin
In honor of the college’s first president, $200 is presented to a
graduate who is the son, daughter, spouse, or parent of an
New York State
Society of Professional Engineers, Westchester County Chapter Award
A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the outstanding Engineering
Technology graduating student planning to pursue an engineering
career. The award is based on scholastic achievement, potential and
need. The scholarship will be paid to the engineering school of the
$400 is awarded to a graduating student who is actively involved in
student government, has a high GPA, and plans to continue his or her
education at a four-year institution.
Communications and Media Arts Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship, donated by PepsiCo, is awarded to deserving
students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the curriculum
and have made outstanding contributions to the college in the area
♦ Personal Development Award
One or more awards, given by anonymous donors, are presented to
graduating students in recognition of demonstrated personal growth
and development while at Westchester Community College.
Nicholas V. Petraglia
An award of $50 is presented to an outstanding graduating business
student who has not only achieved academic success, but also has
demonstrated strong leadership potential. The recipient should be a
member of Alpha Beta Gamma honorary business society.
Phi Theta Kappa Gene
Leon Memorial Scholarships
The chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Iota Omicron presents one or
more scholarships to deserving students who are members of Phi Theta
Kappa and who intend to continue their education at a four-year
college or university. The recipient(s) will have demonstrated the
ideals of scholarship, service and perseverance that Gene Leon
epitomized as a student at the college.
Nat A. Polito
An award of $25 is given to the outstanding Electronics certificate
graduate based on academic achievement and participation in
Electrical Society activities.
Joyce Pozsar Memorial
Established by family and colleagues in memory of Ms. Pozsar, a
manager of the bookstore, this scholarship of $400 recognizes a
female student who has an excellent academic record and seeks to
further her education in a professional field.
Willa Reichbach Human
Services to Social Work Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in honor of Professor Willa Reichbach to
students who have completed their Associate degree in Human
Services, and plan to go on to a Bachelor in Social Work.
Carmine L. Romano
The family, friends, colleagues and students of the late Professor
Romano have established this memorial in his name. An award of $350
is given each year at commencement to an outstanding graduating
Russett Memorial Award
Two $500 scholarships are awarded to women who are either graduating
from Westchester Community College or returning to continue their
education at the college in order to assist them in achieving their
full potential as professionals. The award remembers Dr. Russett and
her forty-one years at the college as a student, staff member,
professor, and administrator.
A $100 bond is presented by the Student Government Association to
the class salutatorian.
George Sands Award
In honor of George Sands, former curriculum chair of the Human
Services Department, this award is given to a Human Services
curriculum graduate who is going on to pursue a degree in social
This award was established by Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer
Reports, in honor of Bill Snyder, CU engineer and former Westchester
Community College faculty member who devoted his career to
protecting consumers by testing products for safety. The recipient
shall be a graduating student in Auto Technology who has
demonstrated a commitment to competence and integrity in providing
service to consumers.
Association Leadership Award (ADD)
These scholarships are awarded to two graduating students, who have
demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities, and have a GPA of 3.0
or higher. One award is given to a male student, and another to a
Julius Weiss Memorial
These $500 awards, created by the Heckscher Foundation for Children
in memory of this former Foundation Board member, are given to
deserving Westchester Community College students under the age of
twenty-one, or those who plan to pursue a career that involves
working with children.
College Foundation Merit Scholarships
Several awards of $500 each are made to outstanding graduates who
have been accepted to a four-year institution.
♦ Westchester Community College Federation of Teachers (WCCFT)
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded by the WCCFT to a student with a
background or interest in the labor movement. Selection of the
student is based on GPA and a 500-word essay on the importance of
unions in the workplace. Application via the WCCFT.
College Foundation Special Incentive Awards
An award of $500 is given to graduating students who complete their
education while coping with a unique situation or unusual
Chapter of Links Scholarship
A $300 scholarship is awarded to a graduating African American
female who has been accepted in a human services oriented program at
a four-year institution.
Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association Scholarship
A $500 scholarship is presented each year to a student in the Food
Service Administration Restaurant Management Program. The award is
based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in
college and community hospitality events.
Dietetic Association Award
$100 is awarded to a graduating student in the Dietetic Technician
program. The recipient will have demonstrated scholarship, interest,
commitment to, and competence in, dietetics.