Ambar Esther Cabrera Abad
My name is Ambar Cabrera; I came from the Dominican Republic when I was 13 years old, as an immigrant, it was a dramatic change. It was difficult to learn the social norms, and especially the language from this country. Growing up, my parents always stressed the importance of achieving my goals and overcoming any obstacle that got in my way. Of course, it is not always easy to achieve those goals immediately, but I set my mind to work harder and pushed myself for what I wanted to be in life. This mindset has helped me achieve my goals at the moment and be a good student throughout my high school years and now in college.
My academic goal is to take as many classes here at Westchester Community College that will be able to fulfill the credits that I need for when I transfer to a four-year school. Another interest of mine is to travel and be involved in politics. One of the reasons I plan to major in International Relations and Diplomacy is to be able to help our country with international issues. Eventually, after my four-year major and time working with the government and being involved with politics, I would like to further my education by attending law school to become an immigration lawyer and help our country to be a better place for everyone.
Starting my career at WCC was the best choice I’ve made in my life; I am thankful for my professors and counselor that were there to guide me towards my path. I am also grateful to be part of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship and for the amazing opportunity to help our community through these rough times with a global pandemic going on. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship itself has helped me financially and has allowed me to continue my studies with a mind to be an example to others and make a difference for our community.
Akua Tiwaa Adomako
My name is Akua Tiwaa Adomako. I am a Ghanaian that relocated to this country about four years ago. As an immigrant, I am expected to excel in my studies and make my parents proud. When I first came to the United States, it was very hard for me to adapt to the American system. I had a hard time in school and used to struggle a lot with my classes, but my high school counselor and my teachers helped me through this stage in my life. I was able to graduate high school with honors.
Growing up, I always loved working with children. With this passion of mine, I wanted to become a pediatric nurse. I want to become a pediatric nurse so that I can help take care of sick children. I plan on furthering my studies after I graduate from Westchester Community College to attain a higher degree in nursing.
As a Bronx native and of Puerto Rican descent, one of the most important things I learned is the importance of family, unity, and hard work while also making time for fun. My immediate family consists of two young adult children and a granddaughter, who all bring so much joy and purpose in my life. While studying at WCC for an AS in Business Management, I’ve realized that community is important to each and every one of us. By attaining my degree and pursuing a four-year degree, also in Business, I hope I can teach my children and others in my community of the positive impact business can make in each of our lives, whether it be support or becoming a local entrepreneur, or understanding a business’ commitment to a community. The possibilities are endless.
My name is Dreni Isufi, and I was born and raised in Albania. My family and I always saw the United States as the best country to live in, so in 2018 we moved to New York. After passing many obstacles (cultural, economic, social etc.), America started to really feel like home. It wasn’t until a year later that I decided to enroll to WCC. I am on my third semester now, and I am extremely glad and confident that I have made the right choice by choosing this college. I am an accounting major, which I plan to continue when I transfer to a four year College. I am the treasurer of the Accounting Club and part of the Honors Program. Besides my school occupations, I have a full time job as a doorman/concierge. In the future, I see myself having my own business and always trying my best to help people in need.
My name is Fatima Juarez, I am 19 and I am a first-generation college student to Mexican parents. My parents migrated here from Mexico in the late 90s hoping to make a better life for themselves and my two older sisters. Neither of my parents graduated high school. My mother only got up to 6th grade because back then “women were only good for cooking and cleaning”, and my father never got to finish because his dad had just passed away, and he had to work in order to provide for his siblings and his mom. After a few years of them living in the US, they had me and we became a family of 5. They came here in hopes that my sisters would continue their education, but they decided to start their families at a young age and never finished school. As I grew up, I eventually became the only one to bring home the awards and the good grades, the honor roll awards, and the award ceremonies from elementary to now. I can proudly say that I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and I am also on the President’s list. It’s a lot of stress since I am the only one going through with college. I’ve worked very hard to get to where I am now, but when I was invited to apply for the scholarship I was very shocked. During my first year, I had the intention of receiving a scholarship to take off some financial burden from my parents’ shoulders, especially during COVID, but I never did think I would’ve received it, so I was definitely very happy to read that email.
I hope to become a Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse Practitioner. After my nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I decided I wanted to work with children like him and help them out, especially their parents. I’ve also gotten close to my nephew’s nurse practitioner. I respect and admire her work every day because of how much she helps out my sister and my nephew. I am fortunate to be bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish, which gives me the opportunity to help out the Hispanic and Latino community. I hope to attend Columbia University in the future. There is a long road ahead of me, but with the support of my family, friends, and my partner, I know that I will be able to get there one day no matter how long it takes me. Receiving the Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship took off some financial stress, and I was also given an opportunity to give back more to my community, which is something I’ve enjoyed doing since 7th grade. I am Catholic, and as a requirement for my Confirmation, I had to do 100 hours of community service; instead of doing 100 hours, I decided to just keep going. This is another step in furthering my education and my future and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity that I was given.
My name is Helena Bleyova, and I am an international student from the Czech Republic and Germany. I was born in Germany, and after my parents split, I moved with my mom to the Czech Republic. I have four brothers. My oldest brother is currently studying in Hamburg. During my childhood, we struggled a lot with money. I never even dreamt of going to the United States. However, my mom worked very hard, and with the help of my grandfather, they managed to support me in my education.
I came to the United States almost four years ago as an au pair. During my time here as an au-pair, I realized what my real passion is. I met so many new people worldwide and purely enjoyed getting to know the different cultures. Therefore, I decided I would like to study my passion, and where else than in New York? I am currently in my fourth semester at Westchester Community college, majoring in Anthropology.
I’m Katarzyna and I am a proud recipient of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship. I have a Polish background and was born and raised there. During my early teens, I moved with my parents to Scotland, where I spent the other half of my childhood. At the age of 18, I decided to pursue an International Hospitality and Tourism degree, which has opened a lot of doors both in my personal and professional life. In the middle of completing my BS degree, I pursued a placement based in New York, in a hospitality setting that was driven by my desire to experience the Western culture and a new world of possibilities. This experience has proved to be the best choice of my life, as it has opened a wide array of opportunities and unexpected blessings that I am truly thankful for.
Joining the Westchester Community College Foods and Nutrition Program has ignited my passion for helping others to understand the relation between foods and nutrition. Healthy eating and exercise have helped me to transform on so many different levels: spiritually, emotionally, and physically, and this is why I became a part of it. My goal is to share positivity and spread healthy image to individuals who want to improve their relationships with food, so they can heal and become the best versions of themselves. In the future, I plan to become a Registered Dietitian and have my own practice and give it my all to transform people’s lives for the better.
I also would use this opportunity to extend my thank you to the Kathryn W. Davis family and the Westchester Community College Foundation for providing me with the opportunity to excel academically, and at the same time give back to the community. It is great to know that there are resources for students who are ambitious and like to give back. A special thank you to my team members: Nicole, Valerie and Dreni who are working with me on our food insecurity project that aims to alleviate hunger, and build healthier communities by distributing nutritious food to people in need, as well as empowering individuals and families to make healthy choices by providing information on nutrient dense foods.
Kerolyn Alves Martins
My name is Kerolyn. I’m 28 years old from Brazil. The first time I came to the U.S. was in 2016 for a 2 year exchange program. I had started college back home, but never graduated because I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to pursue as a career. After my experience in the United States, and after being able to visit the Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla, I saw an opportunity to go back to college in another country, and that sounded like the greatest deal. My father, who is a big believer in education, has given me all the direction and support in order for me to conclude my studies. He is one of the reasons why I am so focused in school.
When I think about all the effort that I am putting into my classes, it reminds me that I have someone who made a lot of effort in order for me to be where I am right now – and that I must perform my best and be the best. And when I see myself in that position, I don’t feel pressured, but motivated. I’m majoring in Journalism – I love reading and writing, and everything that involves being in front of a camera. I know I’m on the right path and I hope to succeed day by day. Graduating from WCC and transferring to a four year university. Being a David Scholar is more than gratifying. Working in a group with people from different ethnicities and cultures is priceless. Enabling myself to do something for the community creates a feeling of dedication and success. Accomplishing things for myself and others is my one goal.
Laissa Leonis Rocha Pinterich do Canto
My name is Laissa, and I am an international student from Brazil. This is my second and last year studying at WCC, and I chose Environmental Sciences as my major. I first came to the U.S. as an exchange student in 2014. I was on my last year pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences when I received a scholarship from a Brazilian mobility program to come to the U.S. to learn English and attend two semesters at an American university. At that time, I could barely understand the English language, so it was a bit challenging at first. After I went back to Brazil and graduated, I felt like I still had more to learn, so I decided to come back to the U.S.
At WCC, I am finding a new path with the assistance of amazing professors who are helping me discover careers I can pursue after I graduate. I was also invited to join the Honors Society ‘Phi Theta Kappa’, and just recently joined the Environmental Sciences club, where I hope I can help other students in making a difference and advocating for our planet. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars program has been helping students and the community for many years, and I am honored to be a Davis scholar for 2020-2021. This is a great scholarship, which focuses on community and cultural exchange. It gives us the opportunity to work with people from different countries, and also to achieve our dreams while helping others. During COVID-19 times, we all lost something, like a job, a friend, a relative, or even hope. For me, this scholarship means the chance to finish my studies and prepare myself for the next steps. As for the community, the programs we are developing can help them get through this rough time and it might teach them skills that hopefully can be used for the rest of their lives.
My name is Maria Booker. Being an international student from Mexico, my receiving the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community scholarship has granted me a steppingstone for both career and financially. I currently attend Westchester Community College; I am studying to acquire my Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management and will conclude my studies at WCC in the spring of 2021. I plan to transfer to SUNY Delhi to continue my education acquire a degree in Event Planning as well as entering the workforce in the field of Event Planning or a similar field that correlates with my major.
I am truly thankful for the Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship. It has been a life altering experience. It has given me the opportunity to be a part of a diverse team discovering new and innovative ways to aid the community we hold dear. This experience does not just help me in the present but has prepared me for my future endeavors and aspirations.
Lisa Marlie Martinez
I am an environmental science and performing arts major from Brooklyn NY. Prior to coming to WCC, I attended Purchase College in White Plains, NY before taking time off of school. On my year out of school, I worked throughout the city and eventually served with AmeriCorps through Green City Force. I hope to take my knowledge of science and love for the arts to my community in Brooklyn and abroad.
My name is Nicole Bediako. I am a first generation Ghanaian-American student at Westchester Community College, pursuing an associate degree in Nursing. My goal is to continue my education after WCC and to become a Nurse Practitioner. My passion for nursing stems from my desire to care for others and help others achieve goals. I owe, in part, my values of hard work, perseverance and dedication to the tenacity and resiliency my parents exemplified while reestablishing themselves and our family in a new country. I’m grateful to be a Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholar and the opportunity to work with an incredible and diverse cohort of students to make a positive impact in my community.
Soojin (Olivia) Koh
My name is Soojin Koh, and I am from South Korea. There are so many interesting things that excite my imagination, every bit of which I want to experience throughout my life. Coming to the U.S. to study fashion design was my first step. I decided to major in Fashion Design at WCC, and now I also plan to further pursue an advanced degree in Fashion Design and Business. Getting good grades is awesome, but that’s not what motivates me. Rather, I value what I learn in the class from professors and classmates that enriches my experience here as a whole. The opportunity to be a Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholar and receive a scholarship was an honor and another exciting experience I had at WCC. I met great professors who cared for students and friends who had different backgrounds and experiences in life.
Due to COVID-19, we have drifted apart from much of our peaceful daily lives in the past. Nevertheless, we have discovered ways to learn new things and share our opinions virtually, as we did in the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars program. It was unfortunate that I could not meet everyone in person, but I was still able to learn that I could be of help to someone in need in our community through this program. I am proud to be the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholar, and I am confident that my experience in this program will enable me to continuously contribute to people around me and my community.
My name is Thomas Richalot, and I was born at Chamonix, France. Chamonix is a small town in the Alps. Growing up there, I had the incredible gift to learn from the mountains and grow an appetite for adventures. This appetite grew in me for eighteen years as I finished my secondary education in France, and by then I was finally ready for new adventures.
This led me in 2017 to my first trip to the United States. When I first stepped in the United States for vacation, I immediately felt an energy that I never felt anywhere else before. I was amazed by New York City in the most powerful manner. From that October 2017, I knew that my future would be at some point linked to this region. I took a couple more trips to New York and then decided that I would become an international student here at Westchester Community College.
In 2020, I am now a sophomore at Westchester Community College where I am majoring in Accounting. The school helped me to meet a handful of wonderful people that made my experience in America very special. I hope to graduate during summer 2021 with an Associate certificate in accounting. Then I plan to transfer to a four-year school for fall 2021 and pursue my dream to study and succeed in the United States.
In the meantime, the wonderful opportunity that is The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship enables me to get involved locally in the community. To run community service is a priceless opportunity that all international students should be able to experience. From a personal standpoint, it is also a great opportunity to develop some crucial skills. During these tough times, marked by Covid-19, I am committed to help communities in the best manner possible.
My name is Valerie Ponce. My major is Liberal Arts: Social Science with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist. Originally from Los Angeles, I have always had a passion for helping people, so I am excited to be able to apply this passion with obtained knowledge and emerge into a fulfilling career.
It is rewarding and motivating when your hard work and dedication is recognized. So, I was elated and honored upon learning that I was chosen to be a recipient of The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars Program at Westchester. There were numerous notable applicants, so to be selected is a great privilege and an amazing opportunity.
This is an incredible opportunity to engage with the other selected scholars and create a sense of community and comradery amongst a group of individuals so diverse. This program challenges us to work together to design, produce and implement a successful service project. These are skills I intend to continuously cultivate and improve long after my time at WCC.
My name is Julia Lidnert, and I am an international student from Sweden. I came to the United States in 2018 as an Au Pair, and I quickly realized America was the place where I wanted to pursue my educational goals. I was taught from an early age that I am capable of doing whatever I set my mind to. This mindset took me across the Atlantic Ocean and later on led me to this program. My future goals after getting my associate degree is to graduate from a four-year school, get a master’s degree in marketing, and perhaps start up my own business. I am truly appreciative of this big opportunity given to me. Hard work pays off, to say the least! The Davis Program is an excellent program for hard-working students at the same time as it eliminates the financial burden many students face today.
Stephen Nambu Lantam
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. I came to the United States in 2019 from Ghana. I had my basic and high school education in Ghana. Having arrived in the US, my number one goal was to continue my education, so I started in WCC, and now I am in my second year majoring in Liberal Art and Science. I believe perseverance and determination are the keys to success. Life comes with challenges, and success does not come easy. I started college right after arriving in the U.S. Because I had not gained residency, I had to pay the out of state tuition without any financial support. My only option to Kick-start College, was to take student loans, which I did. The financial constraint did not stop me from starting college, even though I never planned to take any loans, but life they say is how you make it. I am hoping to enter the Nursing program here at WCC after I complete my major in Liberal Art. After getting my associate degree in nursing, I will continue to a four-year college to get my bachelor. I am not planning on stopping after my Bachelors. I want to be a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP). My goal is to go as far as I can in my educational aspirations. With this, I am hoping to show my ultimate contributions to the community, make a difference in the life of others, and support people to aim and achieve greater things. My desire to be a Nurse is a result of my passion to help people get better, make healthcare accessible to a wide range of people, and see people live the best of their lives. No man is an Island; people need support and encouragement, and that is what my goal is about. When I started college, I always thought of how I would go through college without taking more loans. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has taken the burden of financial constraints off me. The scholarship opportunity has given me the chance to focus solely on my education while making a change in the community which I find a life-changing experience. The scholarship opportunity has given me a sense of community engagement and what it means to make a change in someone’s life. I am very thankful to Westchester Community College and the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship for giving me this opportunity to make my dreams come to reality and serve my community.
I relocated from Brazil in 2010, and I have been working to support myself since my arrival. I took classes to improve my English grammar and speech and am now taking credit courses at the college. I am the first person in my family to attend college, and I look forward to inspiring all of my loved ones and future generations, too. In addition to my job and classes, I also do volunteer work.
I came to America four years ago from China. This is my second semester at Westchester Community College. In my opinion, college is a place where I can learn what I truly want to learn. In order to achieve my dream, college is indispensable. I will be the first in my family to earn a degree, so I understand I have to study hard to make my family proud. My family is my motivation.
I try to make the best of every opportunity. I was born in Nigeria, West Africa. I am the third of five children. Since my parents work as foreign service officers for the Nigerian government, I have had the opportunity to visit multiple countries around the globe and to call some of these places home. I have considered these trips as opportunities to learn the ways of the world and to gain an understanding of people. I have learned that even though we may differ, we all have passions that drive us. I believe that when we find people with similar passions, great partnerships are formed.
I have chosen to become a Civil Engineer in order to help create cities that foster community. It is my belief that cities shape the communities they shelter; they play an important role in how communities grow.
I’m grateful for my time spent at Westchester Community College; it was my first point of integration with American society. I have found it to be a unique and very accepting institution. I intend to graduate this spring and transfer to the City College of New York.
Melanie Luz Calderon
My name is Melanie Calderon. I am the first generation of my family to be born in America. My father is Peruvian and my mother is Mexican. I grew up in the Bronx and Westchester. My dream/goal for the future is to become a psychologist. Although it is important to heal the body, I believe that it is equally important to heal the mind and soul.
Amaranta Cardoso Navarro
My parents migrated from Mexico to the United States as young teenagers who came here with the high hopes of finding work for a better life for themselves and their families back home. Later on, their hopes were passed onto me. Growing up and coming from a poor hard working migrant household has given me a lot of perspective on my life goals. Knowing my parents’ struggles has motivated me to pursue my education so that I can have a career I enjoy. My gratification comes from being creative; I like working with my hands and problem solving. These are just some of the reasons why I’ve decided to pursue degrees in both Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. By attending Westchester Community College, and with the help of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship, I am much closer to accomplishing my goals.
I consider myself both an entrepreneur and an artist. I am a leader and a trend setter. I love to make big changes and change people’s lives as a result.
I am an international student from Germany. I am currently in my second year as a Marketing major at Westchester Community College and am pursuing a career in the field of Marketing Analytics. Before I started as a full-time student in 2018, I was here as an Au Pair for almost two years. During that time, I got my first experience with the college by taking both an “English as a Second Language” class and an “English for Academic Purposes” class. Now, I am happy to be able to follow my academic goals by serving as the Marketing Assistant in the Department of Student Involvement. I am not only working hard to improve my financial situation, but also became very involved with our school’s newspaper as well as the Honors Society.
Arrian Joy Gibson
My Name is Arrian Joy Gibson and I am an International student from the Philippines. In my country, not everyone has been given the opportunities that I have had. Because of that, I always give my best. I believe that if you want something, work hard for it; if you fail, try again and never give up. Earning the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship is one of the achievements I have accomplished by working hard. The scholarship helps me to keep going toward my goal, a career in Nursing.
“Darkness can’t drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
In respect to Dr. King’s quote, I do my best to be the light for others. I am currently back at Westchester Community College after a 21-year sabbatical and a reassessment of where I wanted to head on my life’s path. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to progress ahead into a new avenue of growth that will take me forward and keep me focused on my goals and dreams. My major here at Westchester Community College is Performing Arts with my focus in classical vocal studies and classical composition. I also believe as Bach did that music was created to celebrate the divine and with this belief have come back to master the art of traditional classical music for all to have the opportunity to experience the beauty of divine grace in the world we live in.
My name is Julia Herzog, and I am a first generation college student in my family. I am a Business major and I am so glad I took this path. I am a part-time dance teacher, I do network marketing with a health and wellness company, and I also help my mom manage her hair salon. When I was in my senior year of high school, I originally was not going to go to college, thinking it wasn’t for me and I couldn’t afford it. I wanted to go right into the workforce, follow in my mom’s footsteps and start my own business. I then realized the importance of education. I will never give up my dreams of being an entrepreneur; I am excited to compete my studies here, transfer to a four-year university, and then enter the business world and eventually start up my own business. I am so grateful to receive the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship because it removed the financial burden of tuition. Now that my tuition is taken care of, I am now able to cut some days off of my work schedule and really focus and apply myself in my studies. I’m maintaining a great GPA due to finally being able to focus on school. This opens so many doors for me such as getting internships, scholarships for my transfer school, and a job out of college. I love what the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship stands for– bringing diverse students together to give back to the community. I am meeting so many great people, and it makes me feel wonderful to be able to serve my community.
I am a proud Haitian-American born to Haitian parents who grew up in the countryside of Haiti called Anse-à-Veau. I am an aspiring performing artist, and I’m currently completing an associate degree in the Performing Arts. My dream is to start my own performing arts company to create and share stories that shake up the world. I write, sing, act and dance, but my favorite pastime is reading. I feel like James Baldwin felt when he said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. Books taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” And that is what I hope to do with not only my art but my life: connect with all types of people and do what good I can while I am alive.
My name is Katina Jones and my story begins with my beautiful daughter, Kayla. I was searching for a new daycare that would be suitable for her and put my mind at ease, which brought us to The Virginia Marx Children’s Center, which was the best decision I could have made. It was also at that moment I decided to attend the college full-time and pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Since attending school, I have been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Iota Omicron Chapter, as well as the Alpha Betta Gama, Delta Chapter. I plan on continuing my studies when I graduate from Westchester Community College. I am grateful to be a recipient of The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship not only lessens my financial burden but also gives me a chance to give back, which is something that I wholeheartedly believe in and live by.
My mother taught me how to “give back” at a young age, and I am passing that tradition on to my daughter. I am trying to show my daughter that when you give back and do the right things, you will be blessed. This scholarship is truly a blessing to me, and I am humbly thankful for this support that is helping me achieve my academic goals.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
I am an international student from West Africa. I hope to use my education to make a difference in our world and to help secure a more sustainable future. Paying for college has always been a concern for my family, and I hope the Davis scholarship will reduce their burden.
As a women’s rights activist, I will continue to advocate for women’s health, and I hope to transfer to a four-year college after I graduate. I want to pursue further studies in Global Health. Westchester Community College has given me a great start and it’s been a good choice for me!
There have been many times in my life where I have questioned what I was going to do when I “grew up.” For as long as I could remember, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field. After I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, I decided to go back to school for Radiologic Technology. Westchester Community College has a renowned Radiology program and I was lucky enough to get in! For my senior year, I have been selected for the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship. Not only has this scholarship given me the opportunity to give back to the community, but it has also introduced me to students from all over the world who are just as dedicated and passionate to create an impact on our local communities as I am. Following graduation, I plan to put all the knowledge I have gained from this program to use while continuing my education in Radiology.
Samuel Oteng Nsafoah
I am a native of Ghana in West Africa. I am currently a student of Westchester Community College majoring in Accounting. I am a family man with a wife and four children, two boys and two girls. I have been in the United States for about 17 years now, living in the Bronx. I was selected to come to the United States to help the then young Ghanaian Catholic Church of St. Margaret Mary in the Bronx sixteen years ago. Now, the church has a membership of about one thousand worshipers.
As most people have a central passion that they simply cannot live without it, my dream and passion is to become an Accountant and a professional musician in a church. I would like to achieve these two dreams to help my community, especially my church. Even though I am older than a typical college student, there is no limit to what I can achieve and can give back to the community.
With the opportunity offered to me by the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship, I have no doubt that I will reach my goal.
I am a student returning to higher education in the pursuit of a fulfilling career. After dropping out of college at 18, I entered the workforce for three years. Through work, I was able to define what I really wanted out of life: to create and perform. I discovered Westchester Community College and its invaluable faculty and staff. With their help and encouragement, I was able to make the most out of my time. The community here at the college is what inspired me to simultaneously pursue both of my passions in Performing Arts and Fashion Design. Receiving the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship not only reinforces my determination to continue school, but it enables me to form relationships with students beyond my fields. The scholarship helps me integrate into the community by giving back. I would not be in the same place in my life were it not for this scholarship, and for that I am forever grateful.
If there’s something I’ve learned over the years, it’s that it only takes one person or one moment to change your life forever. To change your perspective. Color your thinking. To force you to reevaluate everything you think you know. To make you ask yourself the toughest questions; Do you know who you are? Do you understand what has happened to you? Do you want to live this way?” – Christina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy.
I believe finding oneself is the biggest key factor in establishing a legacy. Through my newfound commitment to education, I have learned to love myself and my neighbor, for we both foster our destiny. We are solely responsible for how we play the cards of life. My cards led me to choose a career in Nursing, which consists of a lifetime of education and helping people. It was not always this way for me. After a series of reflective behaviors stemming from feeling complacent and without purpose, I began to channel my soul’s hunger for more into my education at Westchester Community College. This college has rewarded my efforts tenfold and has facilitated me getting out of my comfort zone and pushing for what I really want in life.
I am in my second year at Westchester Community College. A student from Ghana, I am currently a Liberal Arts (Math and Science) major, specifically Pre-med. I want to go to medical school to further my education and to become a doctor. I believe “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Being a doctor requires critical thinking and problem solving, and I enjoy the challenge of having to come up with the best solution to a problem. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has lightened my financial burden that allows me to focus on my education. I enjoy helping my community and everyone around me as payback for all the good deeds I have benefited from, and I believe that this involvement in trying to improve the lives of others is the best thing I can do as a young black man growing up.
Ana Maria Santiliano
I am an international student from Brazil and I have lived independently in New York since 2015. My first intention when I came to Westchester Community College was to learn English and become fluent to have better job opportunities when I returned to Brazil. However, things have changed along the way. Here, I learned more than one language: I learned confidence, hard work, perseverance and self-esteem. I learned to believe in myself in a way that made me unbreakable. I am very proud of the person I am today and curious to meet the amazing person I will become.
I have been in this school since 2018 as a full-time student, besides having taken English as a Second Language classes in the past, and my major is accounting. This place has a fundamental role in my life because it has proven to me that if I work hard I will be recognized. That is what I love about being here! Nowadays, I can proudly say that I am on the president’s list, I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, I am the vice president of the accounting club, and I am blessed to be one of the Davis Scholars.
The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship not only assisted me financially but has also provided me with a chance to give back to the community. Education is a fundamental step in changing my future and I am honored to have this opportunity!
I am from Togo, and I have been living in the U.S. since 2018. I came to this country with dreams and goals. The only problem was that I did not know how to achieve my dreams and goals. However, I do know that education is one of the major keys to success. I decided to enroll in college and pursue a career in Nursing so that I can become a Nurse Practitioner.
I am currently majoring in Liberal Arts (Math and Science) with an emphasis on Health Science. Receiving the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has taken the financial burden off of me and has allowed me to focus on my studies. It also allows me to make an impact in my community and learn many valuable lessons that are not taught in a classroom. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has given me hope that my dreams and goals are achievable and an opportunity to become the best version of myself.
Since I was a kid, curiosity has driven me every single day as I have explored different perspectives and have found that the world is full of possibilities.
Throughout much of my time after high school, I experienced a variety of perspectives. I was a volunteer in the military service in the Air Force in Peru and later an entrepreneur eager to seek to change the world. I had the unique opportunity to volunteer in the Frieda Heller Shelter of the Peruvian Federation Against Cancer that provided accommodations and resources for low-income patients. This experience taught me a precious lesson: what gives our actions a purpose is the impact that we have in the lives of others. We wonder how we can make a situation better. My curiosity has given me a lot of information, but it was during this time that I realized that I must apply that knowledge so that it could have a meaningful impact.
With this valuable lesson in mind, I came to the United States of America in 2018 with specific academic and social goals. I am achieving those goals here at Westchester Community College and have found a great sense of community and support that cannot easily be found at other institutions.
I am proud and honored to be part of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship as a person who is a first-generation college student. I am motivated to know that the objectives and goals that I have proposed are no longer mine alone. Every day, I get to know more people who are willing to do everything to help me face the challenges that come with an academic career where there is no other reason than the passion for knowledge and enough curiosity to discover the world.
I graduated high school at the age of 16 with high hopes of attending a four-year university. Due to financial constraints, my options were limited. As a first generation immigrant of Jamaican parents, my family believed that better opportunities were available to me here in America. My mother did not have the means to pay for tuition. I had to take out student loans in order to remain a full-time student. During this past semester, I fell deeper into financial hardship. Fortunately, with the assistance of the amazing staff and faculty here at Westchester Community College, I was able to find a job on campus. I was able to save on commuting costs and work part-time so I could both earn money and study comfortably. As a result, I was on campus more frequently and was able to meet and network with my peers, resulting in increased involvement in campus activities. The Department of Student Involvement has thoroughly intensified my admiration for Westchester Community College. I have Student involvement to thank for informing me about the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship.
Enrolling here was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found my passion for writing and my love for communications at this college, and I have never looked back. Now, I am pursuing degrees in Journalism and Communication/Media Arts, and I am set to graduate. I feel immense gratitude for the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship which has helped me enormously in the continuation of my education and helped me achieve my seemingly unattainable dreams.
After graduating, I plan to transfer to a four-year college to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Journalism. I am grateful for the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship that has provided the means to help me achieve my goal, and for this institution that has instilled in me the knowledge needed to actually make my goal a reality.
I am pursuing my dream of working in the medical field. Due to the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship Program, I have real opportunities for success.
Challenging my mind, strengthening my intellect, and being able to give back to my community and family who have always been there to support me are values that I hold dear. Moreover, these are in line with the goals of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship Program. I’m very thankful for the opportunities this scholarship has provided me. I hope to be able to encourage others to be the best version of themselves that they can be by sharing with them the confidence I’ve gathered through academics. Words cannot properly express how thankful I am to all those involved who have given me a chance to have my voice heard and to allow me to have an opportunity to excel.
My name is Nasha-Dane Allen, I am an international student from the Caribbean island of Jamaica. I am pursuing an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and hoping to gain entry into the college’s Nursing program. After completing that program, I hope to gain entry to the nursing program. After completing this program, I want to move on to a bachelor’s degree in nursing so I can pursue a career as a Registered Nurse.
I’ve always been attracted to the sciences and this is how I knew that a profession in the medical field would be my ideal career path. In-addition to my pursuit, I strongly believe in improving health and quality of life through prevention and treatment of diseases. I have a genuine passion for the health and wellness field and I want to win the smiles of people by helping them maintain good health.
I am a hardworking and dedicated student. I am a member of the college’s Westchester Event Board (WEB) which selects various activities for students. I am WEB’s Multicultural Co-Chair, treasurer of Club Italiano, and vice president of Club Jamaica. My favorite quote and personal motto is “Passion is energy, feel the power that come from focusing on what excites you” (Oprah Winfrey).
Eighteen years have passed since my loving grandmother accompanied me on my first overseas trip from Brazil to America. I was an eager nine-year-old girl anxiously waiting to be reunited with my mother, who was searching for a better life for herself and her family. It was a trip to an unknown land yet a place that would provide me with an unimaginable amount of opportunities.
I graduated from Westchester Community College in 2011 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences and continued my studies at Lehman College where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. This will always be a special place for me, it is where I was first able to improve my leadership and interpersonal skills and meet amazing individuals who will always hold a special place in my heart.
At the college, I became an Orientation Leader/Peer Advisor, joined Phi Theta Kappa, and took challenging courses through the Honors Program. I am extremely happy to return to beautiful Valhalla campus as a member of the Nursing Program.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I made this first step when I relocated to the United States with my family. I came into the U.S. with a vision and a mission. I strive to achieve great success in life through determination, hard work, and perseverance. With these in mind, I began to take classes and declared a major in Liberal Arts and Science: Math and Science. Westchester Community College is a citadel of learning which has provided an enabling environment towards the realization of my goals and objectives in life. I thank my renowned professors and the staff at the Academic Support Center. Mathematics classes are my favorite courses; I derive internal joy and satisfaction in solving math problems. I belong to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and the Commit to Change Leadership Program. After I earn my associates degree, I hope to transfer to a four-year college to study medicine. My goal is to be a pulmonologist.
Elizabeth Bardwil Lugones
I started at Westchester Community College part-time while I focused on working full-time to pay for my education. Eventually, I switched over to full-time studies with the intention of focusing on my classes and transferring. However, the services on campus inspired me to get more involved, so I became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I decided to take on a leadership role and was selected to serve as Student President of PTK for the 2017-2018 academic year. As my officer position came to a close, I decided to continue my involvement when I ran for Student Trustee. Today, I am happy to say that I was elected into the position and have devoted myself to representing the student body on campus. I currently sit on the Executive Board and the Senate for the Student Government Association. I also sit on the Board of Trustees, where I represent the students and advocate for their best interests. I will be graduating with two associate degrees: one in Engineering Science and the other in Liberal Arts, Mathematics, and Science. I plan to move on to a four-year college where I will continue my studies in Chemistry. Soon after, I hope to embark on a PhD where I will conduct research related to the biological sciences.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison
A few years ago, I arrived in New York from Paris where I was pursuing a bachelor degree in human resources at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne. I am a native French speaker, so I took an ESL class for one semester to prepare for my academic studies. Attending Westchester Community College has been a very rewarding experience because it enables me to discover my vocation in life. Here at the college, I have the freedom to take different courses in biology and social sciences, subjects that I am very passionate about. I love helping people and either of these majors can lead to a career that will help me improve people lives.
Last summer I was awarded an amazing scholarship, which allowed me to become a full-time student. I feel very thankful and lucky to have this prestigious scholarship, which covers my tuition and books and allows me to focus on my academics full-time. In addition, this unique scholarship is meaningful to me because it requires social service volunteer work, which means I can help people by giving back to the community. I am assisting newly arrived immigrants who are learning English.
Wesley Costa Das Neves
I am an international student from Brazil. I came to the United States as an Au Pair in 2016. Since I got to this country, my goal has been to be a nurse. I will be the first one in my family to attain a college degree. I started by taking English as a Second Language classes at Westchester Community College, and eventually, I took college-level classes. I have met amazing professors who have been helping me a lot to achieve my goal.
Since I got in the United States, life has not been easy for me, but I refuse to give up. I will keep moving forward until I achieve my dreams.
The oil price drop in 2014 affected my decision to pursue additional educational alternatives. Colombia’s economy slowed down and, our neighbor, Venezuela, also began to have some huge economic problems. I was finishing my engineering program during that period of time, and I was greatly affected by the drop in oil prices because the rate of unemployment in my profession dramatically increased. Many businesses were closing after suffering major losses. Everything happened in a short period of time, and I didn’t want to waste my time waiting for the economy to change, so I decided to come to the United States and improve my education by studying English.
I came to this country during the fall of 2015 in a cultural interchange and It was during this time that I started attending Westchester Community College. I took ESL classes which allowed me to meet a series of amazing professors who not only helped me improve my English, but also guided me and gave me life time advice. I realized that this is not only one of the best community colleges in New York state, it is also a community that welcomed me in a wonderful way since day one, accepting my background education and offering me help at all times. I found a perfect place to start building my goal of becoming financially stable.
I came to the USA escaping from the comfort zone that I had at home. I left my family, friends, career and job. It was not an easy decision, but the experience has been worth it. I enrolled at Westchester Community College to learn English first and then I decided to transfer to credit courses. The Kathryn Davis Global Community Scholarship has given me the opportunity to continue pursuing my dreams through education. I have met people from all over the world. This has been the best decision I have made in my life.
Gabriel Gutierrez Garcia
I was born in Mexico City, Mexico but raised in the United States. I plan to further my studies and obtain my law degree in the future. I am Paralegal major enrolled at Westchester Community College. Law is a field of study I’ve always been interested since I was a young child because lawyers can really help people. I cannot wait to begin my law career. Without hesitation, I can say that Westchester Community College will always be close to my heart.
Jeremiah Konde Chaettle
April 20, 2014 was the day my life experienced a dramatic change, finally I was given a visa to join part of my family in the United States. I was excited and anxious at the same time because I didn’t know what to expect when I left Ghana; but one thing was certain, I wanted to pursue academic excellence.
Aside from coping with a new climate, I had to adjust to American culture. I felt like I was taking a course titled “American Life 101.” I adjusted to living in this country, and when it came down to the issue of furthering my education, it was an easy decision because my brother was a student here. He told me that “Westchester Community College is the school for you.” Fascinated with computers, I am a double major in Cyber Security and Computer Information Systems.
Westchester Community College is playing a pivotal part in my academic transformation and self-development by providing me with all the resources I need. I vividly remember telling myself I will drop out after being totally lost and confused during my first week of classes. However, I am one semester away from graduating as an honor student due to the many resources and financial assistance that the college provides for its students.
My goal is to transfer to a four-year institution to complete my bachelor’s degree in both Cybersecurity and Computer Information Systems, earn Masters and Doctorate degrees, work at one of the top tech companies, and ultimately establish my own company here in the USA and Ghana. I would like to bridge the gap in the IT Cybersecurity field between the Western world and Africa.
I am proud to say Westchester Community College is preparing me for this journey and I will forever remain a proud student and Alumni of Westchester Community College when I go out to conquer the world.
I migrated to the USA from the beautiful Caribbean Island Jamaica, with the intention of fulling the declaration my late Mother made over my life when I was 25 years of age and facing one of life’s many challenges. She told me, “Cecile, I have eleven children and you are the last one, and if my eyes closed tomorrow, I would be satisfied that my child has made it. You, Cecile, will succeed and become the lawyer you always wanted to be since you were a little girl.” To this day, I have used those words as the torch to light my path through life.
After taking a few Workforce Development and Community Education health courses here, I enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in Paralegal Studies. All my classes were held at the Valhalla Campus, which I find to have state-of-the-art facilities conducive to learning and a breathtakingly beautiful campus. The air is so fresh and clean.
I love being here at the college and I feel that I am on my way toward achieving my dream.
I was born in Peru and immigrated to the U.S. with my mother in 2006, when I was seven years old. I am a first-generation college student at Westchester Community College. My main goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree, something that my two older siblings never had the chance to acquire because they didn’t have the same opportunities in Peru that I have in this country. I plan to earn my degree in Business administration, then transfer to a four-year school to obtain a bachelor’s in Finance.
The Kathryn Davis Global Community Scholarship has helped me a lot financially, allowing me to work fewer hours at my part-time job, giving me more time to focus on my education. Next, I am going to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society.
I am from the Bronx and I really like the cultural diversity at the campus because I see students representing their own cultures and values. I’m looking forward to finishing my degree and to seek new career opportunities for my future. It is an honor to be a recipient of a Kathryn Davis Global Community Scholarship.
I’m an international student from Newcastle, England. I came here to make a difference both to myself, and to the environment I live in. From a financial point, being an international student isn’t the easier task because it is difficult to pay for tuition cost when unable to work in the U.S. However on the flip side, it helps to set and keep high standards to gain a great GPA that opens doors to brilliant scholarships such as Kathryn W. Davis. Earning this full scholarship has helped pay for my tuition, and gives me great satisfaction giving back to the community through great projects. Once I graduate from WCC, my goal is to complete both bachelors and masters in Sports Management whilst maintaining a high GPA that keeps great doors open!
Marie Serena Maximilien
My name is Serena, and I am a proud Haitian female dancer. For many years, I imagined when my life would reflect more of my own individual interest. I have anxiously waited for the day when it was my turn to pursue life choices. That time has come; the time that is pushing me to take on new challenges and ultimately become the woman my parents raised me to be.
As a dancer and a student I am grateful to be part of something bigger than myself. With the Kathryn W. Davis scholarship I get to not only give back but also share something I am passionate about which is dance. To connect with other people through movement and expression is everything I could ask for.
I am a married mother of two young boys returning to school to pursue a degree in medicine. Receiving the Kathryn Davis Global Community Scholarship has greatly helped me in this journey. Without the scholarship, I am not sure I could afford to attend school. As a bonus, I have met and am working with great people to serve the community. About eight years ago, I received a Master’s degree in art therapy and will apply this to my work in the community. My Davis group and I plan to run a self-portrait program in a community center. I anticipate the completion of this project with excitement! I am grateful for the opportunities this scholarship has afforded me, and believe these experiences will help shape me for my future role as a medical doctor.
The thought of dreaming a dream, having a chance to realize that dream and changing the world, becoming someone not just bigger than myself but someone I never thought I could be, is simply amazing. My name is Jermaine Reid, I was born and raised in Mount Vernon in a Jamaican household. Attending Westchester Community College has changed my life completely and it will forever be the place that started my journey toward success. Growing up, I was never fond of school, education nor the idea of even becoming someone special. Things such as popularity and titles absorbed my life. I never had a goal, and I neglected my future. Graduating high school was the turning point in my life. Although I didn’t know what major to pick in college, I did know that I wanted to help not just myself but the world around me. I found an unmatchable passion for education, for wanting to learn each and every day and most importantly I’ve fallen in love with the process of becoming who I want to be. Being acknowledged for my academic accomplishments is simply remarkable. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and scholarships that have come my way. They have allowed me to continue my journey. My major is Nursing and I want to become a nurse practitioner or a doctor. Giving back and aiding the world around me is what motivates me.
My name is Samantha Rentas and I am a first generation college student attending Westchester Community College. A quote that has motivated me throughout my time at WCC is, “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” I often find the best outcomes present themselves when you take risks or put yourself out there in unfamiliar/uncomfortable situations. These experiences are the ones that will lead to the greatest outcomes and will leave you with new perspectives.
As Co-Vice President of Membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a member of the Honors Program. I can truly say I have met amazing faculty and staff here at the college. I have also made lifelong friends coming from all walks of life. They have all encouraged me to grow as a student and an individual. Another quote that has inspired me every day is, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” The Kathryn Davis Scholarship has blessed me with the opportunity to finish the courses I need to transfer to a four-year institution in the fall. I think the impact of Kathryn Davis is really very powerful; she has left for her legacy the mission of helping students further their education. This inspires me every day to become someone who can make an important impact on the world, to give back, and to help others.
My name is Jaden Robinson. I am of Cape Verdean and Guyanese descent. My mother’s birthplace was in Guyana and my father’s was East Providence, Rhode Island. I was born in New York City. I now reside in Ossining, New York. I started and finished middle school and high school in Ossining. I am proud to call this place my home. It is where I established fantastic relationships with teachers, school faculty, community members, and many friends. At Ossining High School, I learned from my peers, grew as a person, and I developed communication skills. In terms of college preparation, I credit Ossining High School with the foundation I needed to succeed. The SUNY and AP courses that are offered at the school were very beneficial and the faculty supported me throughout my high school years. I want to acknowledge my special gratitude to the whole Ossining High School faculty and all of my family for the direction, wisdom, support and their overall presence in my life. Without their involvement and support, I wouldn’t be on my current path to success.
Choosing a college was stressful. I applied to many colleges and was accepted to several. I was uncomfortable with taking loans and unsure of a possible major, so I chose Westchester Community College. Going to Westchester Community College was the best decision I could have made. I eventually discovered my major and primary interest: Digital Filmmaking. I’ve become a proud member of the college’s Black and Hispanic Male Initiative, Digital Film Club, Living for Giving, Phi Theta Kappa and most recently a proud recipient of the Kathryn Davis Scholarship. I must thank all of these groups for making such a positive impact on my life. Overall, I love Westchester Community College and all the people who I have meet with and been inspired by during my time here. Without them, there would be no “Community” in the name of this school.
Sergio Rodriguez Cabezas
I am from Spain and I came to the U.S. as an au pair. Now I am trying to become an engineer. This is my passion. Since I was a kid, I have been interested about how things work, always taking things apart or trying to fix broken items at home.
Now I would like to combine my passion with helping others. I want to be an engineer, so I can develop technologies that can make life easier for others. After graduating from Westchester Community College and moving on to earn my Bachelor’s I would like to create my own company and develop my ideas which can affect others in a positive way.
I am an Engineering Science Major. I have worked as a radio media personality, electrician, soccer coach, and musical promoter for more than thirty years. I started college straight out of high school at 18 years old, majoring in accounting and business management for 1-1/2 years at another community college in New York. I never completed my degree in college and felt unfulfilled. In 2015, I made the decision to return to college after three decades out of school. It was very difficult to readjust to a school environment after such a long time away from an academic setting. It was a hard adjustment and I am still adapting to my new life as a full-time student. The Kathryn Davis Global Scholarship has given me not only financial assistance but also the ability to attend classes and concentrate on my work with less apprehension.
My eventual academic goal is to earn a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Renewable Energy. I want to be able to effect positive changes in the way technology is used and the way it affects today’s world. There are more eco-friendly ways to go about our everyday lives without polluting the environment and putting nature at risk. Our concept of sustainability and renewable energy needs to change, so we can live in a modern technological world, embracing the future without harming the planet and preserving it for future generations to enjoy. I want to be part of the solution.
I am a native Jamaican, born in a land of natural beauty, a lush green tropical island, full of white sand beaches, crystal clear drinking water springing up out of the earth, cascading clean waterfalls, orchids and flowers indigenous only to our island. It is a paradise on earth. In Jamaica, we eat from the land without fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals, in total harmony with nature. This lifestyle has instilled in me a connection to nature that has never been broken and has allowed me to be in harmony with nature and with life itself! Jamaica has corporate areas, buildings, manufacturing plants and all the technological advancements of modern civilization and with that comes the same challenges and problems to the environment that we face globally today.
The Earth is my home, I will continue to help her heal herself and return to her natural beauty free from the environmental perils that face us today. I will continue to love, preserve, and protect mother nature!
Growing up, my parents always stressed the importance of setting goals and overcoming the obstacles that can prevent you from achieving them. The older I grew, the more I came to understand that it was not always easy to achieve my goals. I learned to push myself by “working smarter.” This discipline of working hard not only built character but also influenced my decision to continue my education after high school. For this reason, I applied and began my studies at Westchester Community College immediately after my high school graduation. This is my third year at Westchester Community College and I plan to graduate in May 2019. I am currently enrolled in the Nursing Program and I hope to become a Registered Nurse by this time next year. Besides nursing, another passion of mine is traveling and serving in the military. I am currently serving in the Army Reserves as a Combat Medic. Upon graduation, I plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to continue a career with the military as an Active Duty Military Nurse. Eventually, after serving in the Army, I would like to further my education by obtaining a master’s degree in nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner.
My academic career at Westchester Community College has helped guide me on the right path toward success, and it sparked my interest in a career that I did not originally consider. I am grateful for the many friends and professors I have met during my time at the college. I was able to feel encouraged by their support. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has lifted my financial burden away, allowing me to focus on my studies and cut back on my hours at work. This scholarship is especially unique because it has given me the opportunity to make a lasting difference for my community.
Respiratory Care A.A.S., Class of 2019
Lorris Adams recently completed a clinical experience at Phelps Memorial Hospital, taking advantage of the college’s focus on applied learning. He had to fit the clinical into his busy schedule. A full-time working paramedic, he came back to school in his thirties in order to gain the education and skills necessary to switch careers.
“As a paramedic, I’m used to handling emergency situations. At Phelps, I’ve been able to adjust to a very different pace. In Respiratory Care, you can take your time and that results in a very different type of ‘bedside manner.’ I learned how to relate to patients in a non-emergency environment,” he says. “The opportunity to interact with patients in this way, and to learn Respiratory Care practices by performing them under supervision, has shown me what the field is really like.”
After graduation, Adams plans to transfer to a bachelors program and then hopes to start his new career. “My clinical experience, and my classes with excellent professors with real-world knowledge, have taught me skills that I can apply when I start in the profession. I’m truly being prepared for this change to a new career,” he says.
Engineering Science A.S., Class of 2016
Since graduating in 2016, Steven Hyland has moved on to Columbia University where he is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to receiving his educational background in the field here at Westchester Community College, this is also where he made the connection that led to his first commercial experience. As the founder of the Westchester Community College Sustainability Club, he was involved in the college’s installation of an off-grid campus light that was 100% renewably powered by solar and wind. The “Remote Power Unit” (RPU) was donated to the campus by Aris Wind LLC, a renewable energy firm with advanced and unique wind/solar products for off-grid and grid-tied power applications. Aris Wind was searching for engineering intern talent to support its growing RPU market launch at the time of the donation and they hired Steven to work part-time.
“Aside from his academic training in mechanical engineering at Westchester Community College, Steven’s founding of the campus Sustainability Club made him a natural fit for this position,” says Dan Connors, Chief Operating Officer for Aris Wind. “Along with DGC Capital Contracting, our sister company, we used Steven’s work with our firm to help advance toward ‘certified status’ as part of our membership in the Westchester Green Business Association.”
“Westchester Community College changed my life. I started school with low self-esteem and the support that I received truly made my confidence grow. The dedication of the faculty and the staff helped me along the way, and I can now look in the mirror with hope for the future.
While I was at the college, scholarships helped lift an enormous burden off my shoulders. They helped me both financially and emotionally. During that very vulnerable time in my life, I faced a number of personal roadblocks including unstable housing. The fact that donors had contributed to the college so that others might pursue a degree meant the world to me.
After graduation, I transferred to New York University with a full tuition scholarship. I graduated from NYU with honors, then moved on to the University of Michigan where I am pursuing my Master’s in Social Work. Again, a scholarship is helping to make this possible.
I will never forget taking my first steps toward higher education while at Westchester Community College. That time in my life was when it all began for me and I am grateful to everyone who helped me along the way.”
Liberal Arts & Sciences/Social Science A.A., Class of 2019
Some of our brightest and most dynamic students are in our new Honors College. Liberal Arts/Social Sciences major Sasha Rodriguez is a member of this inaugural group of eighteen who have accepted the challenge of specialized, high-level, intellectually engaging classes. A world-class athlete on the Dominican Republic national karate team, and an Olympics hopeful, Sasha plans to attend medical school after graduation and eventually go into the field of sports medicine. She is well on her way toward achieving her goals; don’t stand in her way!
Liberal Arts & Sciences/Social Science A.A., Class of 2018
“When I first started here, I felt lost. My grandmother had just passed away and I no longer had my “rock,” the person I relied on to guide me through life. My college instructors got me through that difficult time. Professor Robert Collis really helped me connect. He made his Anatomy and Physiology class relatable to my life. My confidence grew because of his terrific study tips (‘explaining the material to a friend will help you truly understand the subject matter’).
Once I was on track with my studies, I joined the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. I became one of the group’s Vice Presidents for the Honors in Action Program, which focuses on local, national, and international issues. We concentrated on the question of whether access to water is a human rights issue. This topic relates not only to areas such as the South Sudan where people have to travel miles for water, but it is also connected to certain areas of the United States. Between my classes and my work with PTK, I’ve become much more involved with the larger community and have gained the confidence to succeed.”
As an international student from England, it can be difficult to pay for tuition while trying to make a difference in the world when you are unable to work for pay in the United States. Thankfully, I received the Kathryn W. Davis scholarship which allows me to both pay for school and make an impact. The leaders of the program have given me excellent advice and support as I have pursued the task of completing my studies while taking on a community project. I plan on finishing my Business Administration studies here, and then I will seek a full-time job. In the future, I would love to set up a sustainable non-profit organization to make a difference in the lives of those who need assistance. I want to help others as I have been helped by the Davis scholarship.
I have always felt that small beginnings through struggles, effort, and perseverance can lead to great successes. In my case, when I arrived in the United States from Ghana, I wanted to pursue higher education. I had difficulty with a math class at first, but I made great use of the Mount Vernon Academic Support Center. I was blessed to have dedicated tutors. They not only helped me in my areas of need in the subject but also encouraged me to push through in other areas. So I did! I eventually excelled in that math class and became a Peer Math Tutor, which allowed me to help others.
Since that time, I have taken advantage of many opportunities here. I joined the Honors Program and studied at Cambridge University in London in the summer. After attaining my Business Administration degree, I hope to transfer to a four-year institution to major in Business Administration (Public Relations) or International Relations. I would also like to study law and then become a Civil Rights attorney.
Angel Cabrera Pereira
I am an international student from Paraguay pursuing a career in medicine. My love for science and teaching led me to want to help others. I started off by tutoring classmates, a stepping stone that helped me grow my confidence as an educator. Then I worked as a peer mentor for students with learning disabilities. I later volunteered as a peer tutor at Westchester Community College’s science tutorial and I am now a teaching assistant and peer tutor for college-level English. I am proud of who I am. I have always worked hard to accomplish my goals and my passion, determination, and discipline will lead to my continuing success. I start each day determined to do what I am most passionate about; to learn and teach.
The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship is impactful as it is allowing me to continue pursuing my dreams and aspirations. I am an international student from Jamaica studying Nursing at Westchester Community College. I plan to further my studies with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing followed by a Master of Science in Nursing, with the goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetist. Nursing is a field I was always interested in, because in such a profession I am helping individuals, promoting health and preventing illnesses.
As a Davis scholar, I have the opportunity to make an impact in our community, which is a very heartwarming and satisfying experience. I am thankful for this scholarship and all that it has presented to me at this very crucial point in my life.
I am a first-generation Haitian-American student at Westchester Community College, where I am growing and learning as I work towards obtaining my doctoral degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. I am so glad that I chose Westchester Community College as the environment to pursue my education, because this is the place to be. So many opportunities have unfolded due to my hard work here. I have a life-long purpose of committing to change. Committing to change defines my whole outlook in life and movement towards growth. Growth within me results in growth in others around me, because If I act as a catalyst to change, then my peers will be affected also. We can then unleash unlimited possibilities in this world. Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I am a leader in my community with my work through Rotary International. I serve as the Multicultural Chair on Westchester Community College’s Events Board. I am a member of the Senate of the Westchester Community College’s Student Government Association. I also created an entrepreneurial independent study program for students here at Westchester Community College.
I was born in Argentina and immigrated with my family to the U.S in 2002. My ultimate goal is to accomplish what my parents dreamt for my brother and me: opportunity and happiness. I am the first person in my family to attend college, something that isn’t an incredible deal for many people, but for my family and me, it’s a tremendous achievement. Ever since I was old enough to acknowledge the struggle my parents have endured in order to raise me in a country established with opportunity, I have vowed to dedicate myself entirely to hard work and academics. To me, that is the only way I can thank my parents for their love and hard work of leaving their country at a late age and starting a new life in a different country, not knowing the language or the culture. Attending Westchester Community College is the best option for me at this time as I do not want to leave college with debt. I aim to continue to pursue classes that I envision myself obtaining degrees and a career in, such as forensics and criminology. To me that is my natural calling. I love to serve people in my community, and I consider myself a person that believes in justice and equality for all.
Marie Curie once said “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think can be most useful.” I’ve always had a dream to become someone valuable for our society, someone who will make this world a better place. I was born in El Salvador, and when I was four years old, I visited America for the first time. I became so fascinated with this country that I then moved here at the age of sixteen. My life’s adventure goes beyond school, but it’s at school where I’ve learned to never give up on myself. Enrolling at Westchester Community College has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
Upon graduating high school in New York, I spent two years living in California and traveling across the western half of the United States. During my time out west, l was fortunate enough take part in several community service projects in California as well as a couple of international service projects in Nepal and Zambia. My biggest takeaway from both my travels and my experiences during those two years are the invaluable relationships I’ve built with others through service. I find that, whenever a community comes together for the sole purpose of serving, there is always a strong sense of camaraderie that manifests among all of those involved. I am sincerely honored to be a part of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars Program and am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve once again.
My ultimate goal is to become a neurosurgeon. I don’t remember when exactly this dream originated, or why, but I know that I have been trying my best to make it come true. When I first moved to the United States, I wasn’t very sure what to expect but I knew that as long as I put effort into doing good, things would be great. I am currently studying Biology and I plan on transferring to a pre-med program after I graduate from Westchester Community College. Living in the U.S. has been a big change for me and has definitely affected the way I see things and set my expectations.
When I enrolled at Westchester Community College I chose to major in Liberal Arts Math and Science while maintaining a pre-med track. I strive to be a consistent student, who is dedicated, hardworking and persistent. After completing my associates degree, my hope is to attend a four-year university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biology and then to complete medical school with the goal of becoming an Oncologist.
Navigating my way through college, I found myself switching lanes from one major to another, and this cost me time. Initially, I was discouraged, yet I kept my focus on academics. That resulted in new opportunities such as the Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship, which allows a select few to represent not only academic achievement, but to envision, create, and implement community-based programs in our corner of the world. Translation: we get to affect the world around us.
As the only girl and the fifth child for my mother, I am proud to say that I am the first child in my immediate family to pursue college. At a young age, I realized that college was a way out of poverty and that attaining a sustainable career could be beneficial not only to myself but to others around me. At the age of ten, through my passion for writing and research, I found my purpose: journalism. Being a native from the beautiful island of Jamaica, the journey to Westchester Community College was not an easy one, and the cultural transition was even more difficult. However, being a student at Westchester Community College has been a rewarding experience thus far. I met a lot of people from diverse backgrounds, and I have become more socially involved here on campus than I could ever imagine. I am a writer for the Viking News, which has been a platform through which I can express myself freely. A few of my poems and creative stories have also been published in the newspaper. I am hoping to continue my writing as a way of improving my craft so that one day I will become a famous novelists on the New York Times’ best seller list.
Education has always been an important foundation upon which I build my goals and dreams. For as long as I can remember, science has always been a passion of mine, and nursing in particular has interested me for some time. Dedicating my life to assisting and improving the lives of others is very appealing to me. However, without education I would not be able to achieve my greatest ambition, which is becoming a nurse practitioner.
Attending the nursing program here at Westchester Community College has been one of my best life experiences and it is a great opportunity for which I am very thankful. Studying in a foreign country has been often challenging, especially being away from my family and also because English is my second language. However, this experience has made me stronger and more confident. It also gave me an opportunity to learn about myself, expand my horizons, and appreciate everything the world has to offer.
The American dream is a lifelong goal that many people strive for. Mine began two years ago. Even though I experienced culture shock when I arrived to the United States, I still saw in myself a young man full of potential and ready to learn. My faith in God has always been great. I deem it a great privilege to be a Kathryn Davis Scholar. I am equally thankful to Westchester Community College for the opportunities. This journey has made me very interested in volunteering and this experience has helped build my self-confidence through interactions with people. As my grandmother always said, “chew bones now and enjoy the meat later”, which simply means endure in hard times, for success is near. If the goal is hard, do it the hard way. There is nothing we can’t achieve with hard work and perseverance. I want to make the American dream a reality.
This is my third year at Westchester Community College. I graduated with an associate degree and decided to come back to start my environmental science bachelor’s degree which I will finish off at a four-year school. My parents and I moved to this country from El Salvador when I was three. Since then, we have made my education our priority. It has been hard, and there have been many obstacles along the way, but Westchester Community College has made everything so much easier and provides many opportunities for us students. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has been a huge blessing to me by making it possible for me to attend school and allowing me to work with people from all around the world in community service projects, which I love doing. I am also very passionate about preserving our planet, and therefore plan on obtaining my degree and working to upkeep and preserve the earth and our scarce resources.
I am a first-generation college student majoring in Liberal Arts, Math and Sciences. I would like to transfer to a 4-year university and then go on to obtain a doctoral degree. My family moved to the U.S. 4 years ago due to the economic crisis that hit Europe. Due to this move, my whole life changed drastically from insignificant things like a new currency, to a new way of living. These changes made me see the world from another perspective. Now, I realize all of the effort and sacrifice of my parents. Due to this sacrifice, I was able to learn a new language, excel in my classes, set new and higher expectations for myself, and appreciate the little things in life. As I look to the future, I can truly say that I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve found at Westchester Community College. I’m very happy to be pursuing my career and cooperating with people from different cultures and traditions.
Henry Poma Vasquez
I am 25 years old and I am from Peru. I moved to the United States two years ago with many objectives and dreams. My parents always taught me that sacrifice is the key to any future successful outcomes. I lived in Peru until I was 19 years old. I won a scholarship from the French Department of Education to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology in Europe, so I left home and traveled to a whole new country where I stayed until 2015. Living alone made me a more responsible and organized person, which are qualities that are helping me nowadays.
I decided to come to the United States to take advantage of all the educational opportunities this country has to offer. Westchester Community College is opening many doors for me and is helping me discover new professional interests I didn’t know I had, such as Nursing. Anyway, I have no doubt that my experience at Westchester Community College will be something I’ll remember forever because of the great support, quality, and moral values of the faculty and staff.
I was born and raised in Yonkers, NY. I have volunteered at animal shelters since a young age which always brought me joy. I began volunteering at White Plains Hospital a few years ago to get myself acquainted with the medical field and how things work in a hospital setting. Volunteering led to my present position as a Nursing Technician at White Plains Hospital. My current goal is to become a registered nurse. The experiences I’ve had throughout my two years of working at the hospital have been great. I love being able to help people whether they are young or old, and becoming a registered nurse will enable me to expand the ways I am able to help each patient. Eventually I would like to further my education even more and become a nurse practitioner so that I can reach and help more people.
When I went through a difficult time in my life, I remembered the words of wisdom my father used to tell me, “Elsi, having a degree is the only thing that is going to ensure your future, nothing else. Earn a degree and no one can ever take it from you.” I realized my next step was to go back to school and obtain my degree to offer a better future for my children and my family. I wanted to teach them that achievements require hard work and dedication.
I am an Accounting major and I feel really passionate about this field. I’m excited that by next year, I will attend a four-year school to obtain my bachelor’s degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. I would like to work for one of the big four companies in the accounting field.
It has not been easy. It has taken a lot of effort and dedication, as well as many hours away from my children, to achieve these goals. The help from my parents and the understanding of my children help me and give me that extra push I need to continue every day.
When I moved to the United States from Ecuador in 2009, I could not imagine receiving a higher education in this country. Two barriers were in front of my dreams: my finances and the English language. But Westchester Community College has been there for me since the beginning of my journey. Here is where I started my first lesson of English and now I am about to graduate from the Cybersecurity program. However, none of these dreams could be possible without the support of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship and the Westchester Community College Foundation. They have helped me enormously to continue my education and follow my dreams. Thanks to them, my goals are more defined and tangible, I plan to transfer next summer to a four-year college and get a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. In addition, I would like to earn a master’s degree in Information Technology and work as a teacher in a university. In this way, I will be able to return to society what I have received.
I migrated to the United States in the beginning of 2016, from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, where I obtained my high school education. I also pursued a deep passion of mine through the Trinidad military. I enrolled in the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force for my entire secondary school duration (6 years) where I became proficient in Navigational Skills and Field Exercises.
Upon moving to the United States, I took the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam for which I am currently being considered for “Student of the Year’’ for the county of Westchester. In my first semester enrolled as a student of WCC, I obtained a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0. During the semester I also became a member of WARY 88.1, the student radio station, which has a segment specializing in Caribbean music.
In my second semester, I became a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an international honor society of two-year colleges. Here I was voted into the position of Vice President of Membership. I was also elected into the position of Student Trustee, an Executive Board position in the Student Government Association (SGA). Additionally, I am a voting member in the SGA Senate. I represent the student body as a member of the Board of Trustees and report to the Program and Planning Committee. My main objective while holding these positions is to encourage the holistic development of all students. I believe in helping them achieve excellence by providing a suitable environment and giving them a voice. I am confident in my ability to build the bridge between simply “working” and then “making a difference” that I see present in all students.
I am currently pursuing my associate degree in Engineering Science, which I have high hopes of completing with honors and moving on to a four-year college where I would like to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, then my master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Ultimately, I would like to establish an engineering firm in the United States and travel to third world countries to help expand their infrastructure.
This is my second year at Westchester Community College and I really like the slogan, “Building Minds. Building Futures.” Because the college is not only a place for studying, it is also a place where I can learn the truth of life and who I want to be.
My parents have always taught me to try my best to help others by doing small things. And that is what I have been doing as I have matured and as a member of the Westchester Community College community. I am a member of Volunteer New York and worked with the Westchester Community College Foundation to run a community garden to help other hunger-relief partners. I helped organize events such as the Asian Cultural Food Festival. I participated in Blood Drives. I truly enjoy such activities and I feel that it is making me a better person every day.
Though I grew up in an economically struggling family in central China, I have never given up my dreams. After Westchester Community College, I plan to attend a college such as SUNY Stony Brook for a Computer Science degree. I hope that I will be able to use my education to help improve people’s lives through the field of environmental monitoring and protection, or through technological innovation in the healthcare industry.
As a recipient of a Kathryn W. Davis scholarship, I’d like to make a difference, not just give my time to an existing organization, or add on to what is already being done…I want to innovate, inspire, and create change. I want to aid with the positive transition of those who are released from incarceration. I would like to help make their return to society easier by addressing some of the concerns they may have upon release. For example, where they are going to live, how they are going to make a living and adapt to the world they are going back into (which they may not have seen in years). This is how I would like to impact the world.
I am currently enrolled in my second year of study at Westchester Community College. Like many students here, I am a first generation college student. However, more surprisingly, I am also a first generation high school graduate as well. My parents are native to the United States but unfortunately never obtained their high school diplomas. I am majoring in Liberal Arts/Mathematics and Science. I plan to transfer this May (2016) to a four- year institution to continue my studies in biology. Soon after, I plan to attend a prestigious medical school and achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician.
I’m a current student at Westchester Community College and I hope to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) in the future. I have always tried to be caring, passionate and hard working. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a job where I can help people in a positive way. I want to be someone who impacts the lives of others. One of the scariest things in life is feeling like you cannot be successful because of your race or financial status. As an individual who was not born in the U.S., I know what it is like to have to work hard to adapt. That has helped me appreciate the little things in life. I strongly believe that with hard work, everything is possible. Higher education has been a dream for my family and for myself. My family has taught me the meaning of hard work and sacrifice. With this type of attitude and thanks to the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship, which I received in 2015, I have been able to continue my education and further my dreams. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and to be part of such an amazing diverse group of scholars. After graduating with my associate degree, I plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue my education in dietetics and earn my bachelor’s degree.
Four years ago, I moved here from Albania with a suitcase full of dreams and determined to achieve. Nothing about the move was easy. It was hard to adjust to the American system of education and even harder to integrate into the society. I wanted to fully engage in the community and enjoy all the opportunities but my lack of English skills limited my chances and didn’t allow me to explore my potential as a high school student.When the time came to enroll into college, I chose Westchester Community College, and it has turned out to be a great decision! The experience I have had here has been very beneficial to my intellectual growth and my educational pathway. The environment on campus is very captivating with its numerous activities, and the staff and faculty are very supportive and inspiring. Currently, I am in my fourth semester and I am involved with the Student Government Association, clubs, organizations, athletics, and honors societies/programs. The communication barrier is fading more and more each day, and being socially and academically involved has strongly contributed to that. Consequently, my leadership skills have improved.
I am excited about attending Westchester Community College. I am enjoying the school and the students and I am looking forward to what is ahead! As a Davis scholar, I am working on a plan to help others.
My name is Eliwaja, but you can call me Ellie. I am from Tanzania. I speak five languages. I am highly motivated to work with needy youth. My goal in this program is to create a project that will make a difference in someone else’s life, just like the Kathryn W. Davis scholarship has changed mine. I am very grateful to be part of this experience. While working toward the achievement of my goals, I will open my hands to help others reach their destiny.
Gustavo Ferreira Comonian
Since I was very young, I have always had a passion for languages. In addition to my inquisitive nature, I’ve made it my passion to travel the world and admire other languages and their respective cultures.I came to the United States as an Au Pair, and after finishing, I decided to stay in the country to receive a better education. Life has been a challenge ever since I left my country, but adversity only makes me grow stronger. Westchester Community College has been helping me find strength to keep going, the will to carry on, and the knowledge to transform every situation into a learning experience. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars program has not only given me the opportunity to finish my degrees here, but also the chance to grow even more as a person. This program has allowed me to focus my time and energy on studying and working towards a brighter future, both for me and the people that I’ll be helping.Back in Brazil, I spent several years teaching English to students of many different ages. Helping other people understand the beauty that comes from other languages and cultures, and seeing the smile on their faces, brings joy to my heart and a smile to my lips. I hope to do more of this work in the future.
Hakim El Kahlaoui
I was born in Morocco, and I am a full-time student majoring in Computer Science. Westchester Community College offers all kinds of different scholarships and many opportunities for students. For me personally, I have found my calling through the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship which encourage us to volunteer by giving a helping hand to others. Honestly, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to see a better world with everyone helping each other?
I am an international student from Croatia. My dream of becoming a fashion designer is coming true, thanks to the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to giving back to the community and helping all those in need.
I am a first generation Brazilian immigrant. I was born and raised in the town of Mount Vernon and attended Mount Vernon High School. I graduated in 2013. I plan on earning my associate’s degree in Liberal Arts at Westchester Community College. Thanks to the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship, I am able to pursue my higher education. This scholarship has afforded me many opportunities for which I am very grateful. I hope to transfer to NYU to get my Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism. Hopefully, one day, I will become a journalist.
Enrolling in Westchester Community College was one of the best decisions I could have made for my education. My experiences at the college have allowed me to develop in ways I had not previously expected. In my time here, I have been elected as a representative for the many students who attend Westchester, and I currently am a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. In this role, I have used my influence to advocate on behalf of those who are underrepresented and need support. I have come to deeply appreciate this opportunity and the responsibility that has come along with it. So naturally, when I was nominated for the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship, I was excited to learn of its community outreach component. I realized that this opportunity will allow me to use all that I have learned as a student advocate toward my work for the greater community.
When I applied for college at Westchester Community College, I was very hesitant about going back to school, as I had taken a year off after doing a semester at a different college. I didn’t think I was going to do well here. However, being here has opened so many doors for me. Receiving the Davis scholarship, joining Phi Theta Kappa, and meeting so many amazing professors and classmates has led me to believe in myself more than ever before. I am very passionate about animals, helping people, and art, and I hope to do something in the future that includes all of these things. I plan on transferring to a four-year college or university after I get my degree here. This program has given me a chance I never thought I would have received, and I am happy I have an opportunity to give back to others and meet amazing people in the process.
I am grateful to the Westchester Community College Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of a Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship. I am truly honored. I am inspired by Mrs. Davis’ lifetime work, her endless energy, and her vision to prepare the world for peace during the 21 century. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to meet her.I am also thankful for her generosity which has made it possible for me to continue my education in Nursing. Like Mrs. Davis, I value all that I have learned through my international friends, my love for travel, and my mission of helping others less fortunate than myself. I am most excited to continue my volunteering, here on campus, in my community with other Davis Scholars, and abroad with my church’s medical mission trips to orphanages. My future wish is to continue my schooling after Westchester Community College and, as an RN, receive my Bachelor’s Degree.
I’m from Japan and I am twenty years old. I like fashion, music, movies, and sports. I want to help young people and women through my Kathryn W. Davis Global Scholarship service project.
I’m the first person in my family to pursue a degree, and the Davis scholarship has helped ease my financial burden. Now, I do not have to work full-time to support myself and I can focus on my education.
I am a Dietetic Technician major with a love and passion for both nutrition and physical fitness. I plan to strive for a career in Nutrition, with a specialization in Diabetic treatment, together with studies in Fitness Training. After graduating, I plan to help the community in fighting Diabetes, one patient/client at a time. Thanks to the Kathryn Davis Global Scholarship, I am one step closer to achieving my goals and dreams.
Selene Carrillo Alvarez
Sometimes we don’t make the right decisions or sometimes opportunities come a little bit late. I believe that much of this has to do with the concept of “God’s perfect time.” My name is Selene Carrillo, and I am an international student. I’m majoring in Human Services. When I graduate from Westchester Community College, I would like to transfer to a four-year university and get my degree in order to become a social worker.Born and raised in Mexico, I arrived in the United States a few years ago through an exchange program called Au Pair, which places young people in American families for one or two years. I was determined to learn to speak English, so I enrolled at Westchester Community College to study English as a Second Language for the first time. After completing my time successfully with the Au Pair Program and having had a great experience and a very good relationship with my host family, I found myself back home in Mexico.One day talking on Skype with my host mom about the struggles I was having financially, she offered to sponsor my studies. She said that the family missed me, and they would try to help me as much as they could. At first I couldn’t believe what she was offering me because it was like a dream come true. Since I was so worried about my finances, I never thought that someone could help me so much. In 2013, I came back to New York and again began taking the necessary English as a Second Language classes needed to qualify to take college credit classes.Since enrolling in those credit courses, I have been given the opportunity to get involved in different clubs and programs and to meet people from various cultures and countries. In my first semester, I joined the International Friendship Club, and now I have become the Vice President of this club. My first summer as a student, I was selected to be an Orientation Leader/Peer Advisor. Last Spring, I participated in the Commit to Change program, which helped me to develop my skills, become more self-confident, and learn how to be a leader. Every time I get involved in something new, it makes me feel that I truly need to act and help in the community. I see myself working as a social worker helping the Hispanic community through their everyday struggles including their adjustments to cultural differences. I will use my knowledge to serve others, especially children with issues in their lives and problems with their families. All that I have done so far makes me feel very proud of myself. I would love to serve the community in order to show people that somebody does care.
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a drive to help others. I am a Human Services major and I am passionate about helping to enhance the lives of those in my community. My greatest joys have come from the priceless moments I have shared assisting people through my internships here at Westchester Community College. Through the Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship, I have been able to put forth my best effort and excel academically. Upon completion of my degree at Westchester Community College, I plan to attend a four-year college followed by grad school. I want to go into Occupational Therapy, where I can further provide a better quality of life for the people in my community. Thanks to Westchester Community College, I am one step closer to my goal.
I am from Yonkers and I attended Saunders High School. I am enjoying my studies here and I am looking forward to working on community service projects though the Kathryn W. Davis Global Scholarship program. I am a Business major.
I am honored to have been chosen as a member of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars. There was once a time where I thought I would struggle with college. However, the way I see it, to fail is to give up on one’s dreams. With this in mind, I was able to persevere through my first semester. This encourages me to continue on my path of success, and I hope to someday own my own business. Westchester Community College has reinforced my values by providing me with supportive, effective faculty and a nurturing environment which has helped me establish a proper foundation to build upon. In searching for a career path, I have taken an introspective look at myself. As a result, I have learned to improve by learning from my failures, relentlessly pursuing my goals, as I act on opportunities that come my way.Now, in my second year at Westchester Community College, I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Society, alongside my involvement with the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars program. I am beyond grateful for the tremendous opportunity the Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship has given me, to not only earn my associate degree, but to help provide an opportunity to give back to my community, which is truly remarkable.My life has been transformed due to being involved with a diverse group of students both in and out of the classroom. Westchester Community College encourages us to break the limits that we cast upon ourselves as human beings so we may excel in our careers and achieve our goals. I have been inspired to give back to the community which has provided me with all that I could ever need. After earning my associates degree, I plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue my education by earning a MBA degree.
Richard Farrow Balances Courses, Bowling and NYPD
Richard Farrow Jr. is a second-year student at Westchester Community College, pursuing his associate degree in criminal justice. At 33, he is a 10-year veteran of the Parking Enforcement Division of the New York Police Department. Farrow spends his days maintaining traffic flow, securing motorist and pedestrian safety and issuing summonses to vehicles in violation.
He’s looking to move up in the ranks by going further with his education. He’s considering moving on to John Jay College with an ultimate goal of being a police officer.
“As a young man, I always saw myself helping people and volunteering my service in any way that I could,” says Farrow, who lives in Yonkers. “With the NYPD, I can continue that vision.”
As a non-traditional student working 40 hours a week, plus overtime, Farrow might not sound like someone who has much time for extracurricular activities – but in fact, he is in his second year bowling for Westchester Community College’s men’s team. When he arrived at the college, Farrow was determined to do it all.
“Bowling is a big hobby of mine, and I make time to fit it into my busy schedule,” says Farrow. “When I decided to come to this school, my focus was and still is on getting my degree. But when I heard about the bowling team, I was very interested. So I decided that while I’m at Westchester Community College, I would take part in something – and bowling it was.”
When he’s not working, attending classes or bowling, Farrow enjoys relaxing by watching basketball and movies. But he admits that spare time is a rare treat.
So how does he do everything that needs to be done?
“I get most of my work done before and after classes each day,” he says. “Sometimes I’m up until 1 in the morning. But it’s just a determination to get things done. If that means being up later at night to get my coursework done and finish ahead of schedule, then that’s what I have to do.”
Farrow says that he’s committed to making the time to bowl, and really likes being a part of the team.
“I just enjoy this group of young men and the effort we put in as a team,” he says. “We try to do our best to win. This year’s team is really coming together and competing well.”
And as someone who works hard in every aspect of his life, it should come as no surprise that Farrow has some goals as a bowler.
“I want to get my average up to the 190s, and I want to win a medal. Hopefully I can achieve one of these goals.”
Seven years ago, I came to this country with a bag full of dreams to accomplish; getting a college education was one of them. Upon my arrival I dedicated myself to learning the English language. I had multiple jobs at the same time, and although I felt exhausted, I always thought that the effort was necessary and that eventually, it would be rewarded.After some detours, I started attending WCC in the spring of 2012 as a part-time student. Two years later, I was awarded this wonderful scholar-ship, which made it possible for me to become a full-time student. Words cannot express how thankful and lucky I feel for this opportunity, which in addition to covering my tuition and books will also allow me to give back to the community, a feature that makes this scholarship so meaningful.I plan on majoring in Global Business and moving on to a four-year institution. I am confident that the classes I am currently taking at WCC will give me the preparation I need to move on with my career and life in general. Sharing the classroom with students with such diverse backgrounds has been a rewarding experience. WCC means more to me than the place where I started my college education. I am proud to say that I attend a school where professors guide and support students all the way and see them as human beings with ambitions and dreams, who need to be prepared for their future.I thank the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship for making the dreams of students like me come true. I am very appreciative of this wonderful opportunity.
Growing up I was a relatively quiet, reserved and shy kind of person. It was difficult for me to voice my thoughts, and I struggled to reach out to others. However, I always had a passion for the arts, and it helped me express myself in a creative manner. But the realities of finding a job in an art related field made me insecure to pursue an artistic career. When I came to Westchester Community College, I chose to study art because I could not think of any other options that were suited for me. I have to say I could not have asked for a better school to have prepared me for my future. With amazingly supportive faculty and peers, I have been able to rekindle my passion of drawing to be-come an illustrator and pursue higher goals. In addition, by involving myself with the school community and interacting with other goal-oriented students, I have been able to gain incredible friendships and become a more outgoing and confident person. Upon graduation, I intend to go into a 4 year institution so I can major in illustration and bring forth my artistic vision to the world.
As a little child I was inspired. I was motivated to be the best I could be. I didn’t let what people thought of me define who I was. My name is David Rowland. I am a self motivated, hard working, goal oriented individual. I am an ambassador of peace who believes in bringing out the best in people. Every-body deserves to be loved and happy. Growing up with limited resources made me who I am today. Learning and growing up the hard way has em-powered me to be able to tackle any dilemma that life throws at me. Hard work is the ultimate key to success. It is not about where I am starting from; what matters the most it where I am going.
I aspire to be a marine biologist in order to research the deep ocean. I cannot wait to gaze with my own eyes on the unseen fathoms and to bring its hidden secrets to the surface. I want to discover and create new knowledge in order to understand the inner workings of the universe we live in; how are Chimaeriformes capable of cruising by in pitch black waters, yet still find the bare necessities? What is their motivation to move when there is hardly even a trace of food? This is why I plan to pursue a PhD. in Marine BiologyI am thankful for the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship and its support of the pursuits of young community college students. It has been a life-changing experience, working with such diverse people, and being a part of a sustainable, community impacting program.
Westchester Community College has been a great stepping stone for me. I originally came to this school after taking a gap year following my graduation from high school. This school has provided me with so many opportunities for growth and success, both personally and academically. I was elected President of Westchester Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. I am very thankful for all the life experiences I have had and the amazing connections I have made throughout my time at Westchester Community College. I am looking to pursue a degree in Psychology once I transfer to a four-year school.
I am proud to have been chosen as a member of the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars. This opportunity has benefited me both academically as well as personally. The ability to give back to the community alongside a group of phenomenal peers is an irreplaceable experience. This is a memory that will follow me throughout my career, and for that I am truly grateful.
For as far back as I can remember I have always had a knack for assisting others. There is just something about offering a helping hand that brings bliss to my heart. It is this passion that has motivated me to take the path I am on right now…the path to becoming an MD.Although this road has not been an easy one, I can truly say that it has been a much fulfilling one so far. My journey has allowed to meet so many people, who, like me, are on the boulevard to success. I have also been blessed to have had such wonderful professors who were always willing to give a helping hand as well as treasured guidance.One thing that keeps me going is that after I get to the end of the street, I will truly be able to look back on my achievements and say “I did it” and I have no regrets.
After graduating from high school on June 2013, I was very excited about going to college but I had to face many obstacles throughout this process. Receiving a scholarship from Westchester Community College allowed me to reach my goal of going to college.Now, in my second year at WCC, I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and part of the Kathryn Davis Global Community Scholars. The Global Community Scholars program has given me the opportunity to continue with my second year at the college, the opportunity to earn my associate degree, and the opportunity to give back to my community. After attending WCC, I am planning to transfer to a four-year college to continue with my education. I am very grateful to the Westchester Community College Foundation and to their generous donors who have changed my life.
Enrolling in Westchester Community College was one of the best decisions I have ever made for my future. Being awarded the Kathryn Davis scholarship not only gave me the confidence I needed to push forward, but allowed me to continue my studies without having the stress of a huge financial burden. I am currently enrolled in the Cybersecurity program and plan to graduate this coming May. I could not be more thankful for the endless learning opportunities and life changing educational experiences I have been granted during my time at WCC. I am excited about the prospects of sharing my knowledge during my upcoming career in the field of technology.
When I moved to the USA, I had to start my college education all over again as most of the colleges did not accept my foreign credits. It was challenging at first but I am grateful for all the support I received from my family, friends, professors, and tutors. I discovered more about myself and the value of extracurricular activities. My dream is to help my country fight hunger and poverty. Through my group project I hope to gain more experience in fighting this issue so as to apply it later in my country.
Originally from Brazil, I came to the U.S. in 2011 on an exchange program. Upon completion of my exchange program I decided to apply for a student visa and pursue my higher education in this country. I have been facing challenges ever since. I am a female from a developing country pursuing a degree in the sciences field. Many times I thought that would be impossible, and sometimes I still do. When I face a difficulty, I remind myself how far I have gone and I keep moving on. Perseverance and dedication have always paid back. Life has shown me, in many ways, that no matter how hard a situation may seem, there is always a way. I am passionate about nature and perhaps that is the reason why I fell in love with science. My goal is to use the knowledge I am acquiring in order to give back, to do something meaningful to the world. I also believe everything is connected: we are all one. Therefore, if I can help others, even if with a small act, I will be doing it for the entire world. I do not expect it to be easy, I just want it to be worth it. “Big ships don’t sail shallow waters.”
Coming to the United States was not easy for me. I had to leave behind family, friends, and the life I was accustomed to. However, I was determined to make my living here and started to work on improving my English. Finally, in August 2012, I was ready to enroll in credit courses and education has become one of my main priorities and a necessity for my future goals. Since enrolling in credit courses, I have discovered that Westchester Community College is a wonderful place to learn and I have grown much more than I had imagined I would while attending college. The Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship is giving me an opportunity to get more involved in community work and I have improved my leadership skills.
“Dreams come true” is one of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney, however it is a quote that has a price. To make my dreams come true, I took the first step to earn an education. I am from Ecuador, I came to the United States 12 years ago, and I am a mother of three wonderful boys. Many people ask me, how can you manage to be a mother and a full-time student and still have good grades? My answer always is, I just do it, I don’t think about the challenges, I just fight for my dreams. I want to practice what I preach to my children, I want them to be proud of my hard work, just as I am proud of them. Being a student at Westchester Community College has given me the strong foundation I need as part of my educational journey. I am working toward my dream which is to earn a degree in the health and science field. I am honored to have received the Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship award, which has given me the opportunity to serve my community and develop leadership skills.
Westchester Community College has opened so many doors for me since I began classes here in 2011, and has continued to prepare me for my future. I am currently enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program, and I will be graduating in May 2015. From there, I plan to take my licensing exam in July, and continue my studies to become a clinical instructor. Being a part of this incredible group of people is such a great opportunity, and this experience has encouraged me to make the most of my last year here at Westchester Community College. It is allowing me to give back to my community which has already given me so much.
I am originally from Thailand, a beautiful and great country, but I recognize that the American educational system is better than that in my home country. In the past, one of my uncles was able to graduate from an American College, and today, he has become a very successful man in his job and in his life. He became the main inspiration of my dreams: master the English language, graduate from an American College, better myself, and hopefully, give back to others. In February 2011, I came into the States for the first time as an au pair. Because of the language barrier, I struggled with communication. I started improving my English skills by taking ESL classes at Westchester Community College, my first American college. I received generous support from many professors as well as tutors. After two years of studying in ESL classes, my English was proficient enough to allow me to enroll into regular college classes, and that’s when my academic journey truly began. I am currently enrolled in my fourth semester as a full-time student. I was able to achieve a 3.92 grade point average. My educational plan is to graduate in the nursing program here at WCC. After that, two more years for my BA in Nursing and, finally, 27 months of a nurse anesthetist program.Looking back, I realize that my life so far has been a journey, with planned and unexpected turns of events, with hoped for and yet unrealized achievement. I am so honored and grateful for all the assistance the college has given to me, including the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship, which is not only supporting me in the accomplishment of my personal goals, but it will also, in the near future, benefit those people I will be able to help as a nurse.
I am Rayane Silva from Brazil. For the past year and half, I was involved with a English as a Second Language Program called Mentor ESL, through which I helped many people develop communication skills, writing and grammar. Most of them were over 40 years old, with very limited English skills. It was amazing to see how much they improved semester by semester. From that experience, I could feel how good it is to help someone, even when you are not paid for it. I am very thankful for having received Kathryn Davis scholarship, which encouraged me to become involved with the community and make someone’s life better. Thanks for the opportunity!
After high school, I spent years avoiding college, eventually coming to my senses and enrolling at Westchester Community College. I’ve since come to truly value being a student. To make education my number one priority, I quit my job and became a student worker. Although this has put a financial strain on my life, I stand by this decision, as it has allowed me to learn and grow as an individual, as well as allow me to work with a diverse group of peers that I would not otherwise have been exposed to. Thankfully, the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholarship has alleviated my financial woes and allowed me to concentrate on what truly matters: education.
My greatest strength is my never-ending curiosity of the human condition. I am absolutely in love with the human race. I feel that if we could only appreciate each other for the remarkable beings we are, then we could probably solve most of our problems. I would like to conduct research within the intersection of the psychology and economics disciplines in order to formulate statistical benchmarks that will be more useful than the ones we employ today. That is why I would like to pursue a PhD level degree in behavioral economics.
In my second semester I was encouraged to run for an officer position in Phi Theta Kappa honor society and got elected as vice president for the 2014-2015 academic year. I’m an international student from Colombia and here at Westchester Community College I have been given the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and nationalities…people that I would have never met in my home country. I’m currently pursuing a career in business administration. Being able to meet and learn from those from other cultures gives me the opportunity to be a more successful professional in the future. The social life on campus is great because there is a lot of opportunity to get involved in different clubs and events. There are clubs for all types of people depending on their culture or their interests. In my first semester, I joined the Global Business Club where I met good friends who shared the same interests.
Westchester Community College has an impressive array of professors who interact with their students and are eager to teach, as well as students who truly want to learn. Working full-time has enabled me to better manage my time as a full-time student at the college. I joined the Making a Difference Club, becoming its Vice President and helping to improve the club. Our group wants to make a change and exhibit to the world how college students are able to become involved in their communities. Upon completion of my Liberal Arts/ Humanities/Math and Science Associate’s Degree, I intend to transfer into a Physician Assistant Program. I want to help others in a way that will impact them more than just volunteering. My mother was a nurse in her home country, and in a way I want to fulfill the dreams that she did not realize. I am in the honors program at school and a student ambassador. I hope to continue with my full-time job and my full-time studies in order to become the first of the family to complete college in the United States.
During my early teen years my mother had health problems. This took a toll on her as well as our family. The woman who was my lifeline now needed me to be there for her. My high school years were spent learning, preparing for college, assisting my mother, and earning money to help cover the cost of her doctor visits and medications. My mother’s only wish was for me to graduate from college and become successful. My mother is my inspiration and motivation, and helping her through her illness has inspired me to want to assist others by entering the healthcare field. My goal is to become a registered nurse so I can aid others to overcome their illnesses and difficult times.
I come from a family where education is important. As the child of a high school instructor, I’ve witnessed the sacrifice and dedication it takes to be a teacher, but I’ve also seen the momentous change a good teacher can help bring about in a student’s life. At Westchester Community College, I have had the enormous privilege of studying with teachers who understand the importance of that work. Since returning to academics after taking a year off, I have taken advantage of the many resources offered by Westchester Community College. In particular, through the Honor Society, I have enjoyed the exposure to some of the brightest students and professors. I bring determination and love of learning to school with me. I don’t take education for granted; it has been a hard-won path for me and one I plan to help others travel.
Westchester Community College has given me hope and faith. This college has given me the strength to pursue my studies and not let any obstacle prevent me from achieving my goals. Westchester Community College is like another world in which the faculty and counselors have a higher purpose: helping students. My goal is to enter the Nursing Program and to assist those in the less advantaged communities. As a bilingual nurse, I will be able to assist those in poor areas and better understand the instructions and information that the doctor is providing regarding their health. The Nursing Program at Westchester is a challenging one, however I know in the long run my hard work will pay off when I am able to help my patients to live productive, healthy lives. At the college, I have encountered new challenges that will aid me in developing as a nurse and also as a human being. I will never regret coming to Westchester Community College.
I overcame many hardships when I was younger. Ultimately, I was able to obtain my GED. I went from job to job until I realized I needed to make a change and obtain my college degree. With much encouragement from my life partner, I enrolled in college and have no intention of stopping. As a member of the Honor Society, I have continued to succeed with my studies, am working with volunteer organizations, and cannot help but look forward to where I will go. My goal is to transfer to a four-year Bachelor program to study the sciences. I look forward to the day I walk across stage and receive my college diploma – the first in my family to do so. I have no doubt that I will succeed.
In my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management, I have chosen to start my journey at Westchester Community College since it is one of the more reputable community colleges in the area. Partnering business management and marketing was a given for me as business studies have been my focus since high school and most of my jobs have centered around business. My goal after successfully completing my associate’s degree at Westchester Community College is to enroll in a four year university to complete my bachelor’s degree then seek employment with a major advertising agency. My dedication and determination are without question. This is my second attempt at obtaining my professional degree and I will succeed!
I am passionate about education and the mission of Westchester Community College. After moving from Brazil to the United States in 2008, I was determined to learn to speak English. I enrolled at Westchester Community College and successfully completed English as a Second Language courses.
Since enrolling in credit courses, I have become more active in the college community by joining a variety of clubs and activities. I have attained a strong grade point average which enabled me to join the Honors Program. My plans include applying to medical programs for minority students at Ivy League schools as well as applying for an internship at the World Health Organization. My ultimate goal is to become a primary care physician.
Enrolling at Westchester Community College was the best decision I ever made regarding my education. As a student, I have done pretty well so far. I earned a membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Some of my artwork was published in International Voices (an annual publication of written work and artwork from international students). I am hoping to take drawing courses in order to gain the skills necessary to become either an animator or illustrator. I have grown a lot more than I had imagined I would while attending college. I am becoming prepared to face an even bigger world ahead of me, a tougher road.
Watching my parents make sacrifices for our family has changed me in many ways. It inspired me to take full responsibility for myself, including taking the responsibility to earn the money to pay for a college education. My parents have shown me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Quitting is not an option. I am receiving a college education because I know it can make a difference in my life as well as the lives of others. I will graduate from Westchester Community College and continue my education so that one day I will make a difference in this world.
My transition from high school to collegewas not an easy one. My parents and I disagreed on the path I should take for a career choice – they suggested Nursing due to the employment opportunities that would be available. My ultimate choice was to pursue a career in the performing arts. Choosing to take a semester off to discover the path I would take, I took classes at the local YMCA. It was there I realized that my life would not be centered on one path but many. The different paths would include my love of dance and performing arts as well as educating others on the health issues that affect African-American women. Ambitious and confident, I am ready to fulfill my dreams and become a successful member of society.
Ever since I was child, I have been battling other people’s opinions. I was, and still am, bound and determined to prove them wrong. I am on my way toward becoming a successful and productive citizen. Thus far I have made great strides. Academically, my achievements include an award by the National Council of Negro Women. Also, I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. I will continue to succeed academically and will never lose sight of my goal to become a doctor (hopefully in pediatrics).
Though I had always had an interest in obtaining a college degree, my life as a single parent was most important. After many struggles and twists and turns in life, I have finally enrolled in college and can accomplish a personal goal that was set many years ago. Currently serving as a foster mom to several children, I am also certified to help raise children in crisis. It is this very reason why I have chosen to enter the field of Child Psychology. This will enable me to better serve the children I raise and prove to them that perseverance can help one realize hopes and dreams. While it may have been a tough road getting here, I feel that I have a purpose in life. While the journey may not be an easy one, the end result will be well worth it!
Being about a decade older than most of my classmates, I had no idea what to expect from college life. It was through the encouragement of my employers and colleagues that I came to Westchester Community College to pursue a degree as a pharmacist and this has helped me to excel. Working and living independently since graduating from high school has taught me the value of hard work and the cost of not having a higher education degree. I am currently enrolled as a full-time student while working two jobs. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, President of the Chemistry Club and a member of several other clubs. I have maintained a grade point average of 3.95. I am determined to become a pharmacist –I will make it a reality!
I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. When I was younger, I wanted a job in the beauty industry. My interest in makeup opened many doors for me. I worked with one of the country’s top fashion models and toured with an internationally-known reggae band. Having achieved that early success in life, I decided to pursue a college degree and move on to a career in the visual arts. My future goals are to graduate from Westchester Community College then transfer on to earn a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s degree. My dream is to use my skills to continue my career. Westchester Community College is my first step toward achieving my goals.
Four years ago, I came to the United States from Panama as part of a Cultural Exchange Program. The family I was living with encouraged me to take classes at Westchester Community College in order to improve my English skills. I am now pursuing a degree in Office Technologies. As a student at Westchester Community College, I have been able to take advantage of the college’s many resources. I plan on taking full advantage of them to obtain my goal of a college degree. It’s my hope to transfer to a four-year institution.
After graduating from boarding school, I felt pressured to attend a four-year school. At that time, I was afraid to take risks and learn new things. I struggled with classes while at school and ultimately failed. It was after taking a short break that I chose to apply to and attend Westchester Community College. I was fearful due to my past experience, but I soldiered on. I am grateful for this opportunity to show my full potential as a student at Westchester Community College. Currently I am active with the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the college and Philosphia – quite a change from my previous experience. I have refocused without the pressure of being away from home, am working through my requirements to attain a degree with distinction, as well as meeting the requirements for transfer to a four-year institution. The opportunities presented to me here at the college have helped me grow as an
individual and improve as a student.
Besi Sanchez Diaz
Born and raised in a country that was underdeveloped but rich in culture, I overcame many obstacles and challenges in order to do my best to accomplish my goals. After a personal tragedy, I chose to come to the United States, leaving all I knew behind to seek a better education and a better life for myself and my family. Recognizing that I had to adapt to a new culture and learn English, I enrolled at Westchester Community College. My perseverance and thirst for knowledge have helped me to build a competitive grade point average. I have also become involved in many clubs and have dedicated myself to setting high goals and to improving my leadership skills. Education is a tool to produce changes in society. It’s my goal to utilize the knowledge obtained to become a neurosurgeon and ultimately join Doctors Without Borders to help other under-developed countries and communities. Receiving the Kathryn Davis Global Scholarship is giving me a reason to improve, work harder, get more involved and will give me the opportunity to demonstrate my capacity to produce changes in our society.
Education means a lot to me. Not just because it will enable me to succeed, but it will also enable me to speak out for myself and others. My education has helped me gain the courage to become more involved at school. I recently joined Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and the International Business Club. The professors at Westchester Community College have helped me tremendously. I really feel as if I am in the right place! After graduating, my plan is to transfer to a four-year college to obtain my Bachelor’s in Business Economics. I know I can achieve this goal.
My experience as a college student has been unique. After my first semester, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. This discovery answered a lot of questions about the challenges I faced as a student. Once I knew why learning was so difficult for me, I was able to move on and refocus my efforts at the college. I became even more involved in my studies and at the student newspaper, where I am now the Co-Editor in Chief. Realizations about my past have pushed me to set new goals and I now seek even higher standards for myself, in and outside of the classroom. I am looking forward to completing my studies here and then advancing on to a four-year institution to study engineering.
I like to think of myself as a professional student; a professional defined as being “a person following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain;” a student as “a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college.” I embody both of these definitions simultaneously as my education is my means to a gain; every day I increase the value of my human capital and enjoy doing so in the process. I have reached milestones in my education that I am very proud of and I have goals that will take dedication, commitment and sponsorship to achieve.
As I struggled to overcome many challenges during my adolescence, I was determined to pursue education after high school in order to help others who needed support and encouragement. I am pursuing Human Services in order to learn more about assisting others. While I have maintained a 4.0 grade point average during my college career, I have also taken time to become involved in various student activities. For instance, I joined the Psychology Club and have enjoyed working with fellow students who share the same goals. Now that I have faced my struggles head on, I am looking forward to helping others learn to harness their energy in order to realize their true potential.
I consider myself quite lucky to be able to attend Westchester Community College. It is providing me with some amazing opportunities for my future. While I have yet to decide on a future career, I am certain that my true interests will surface. One area of interest is education as I have worked with children during my early stages of employment. I enjoy being a role model and mentor for children. I look forward to continuing my studies at Westchester Community College and to contribute to society in the future.
For an introverted young man, a move halfway around the world to a new country was quite a challenge. So was returning to school after not being a student for over ten years. My first year at Westchester Community College was an exciting and rewarding one. I maintained a 4.0 grade point average, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, and joined various clubs. For the first time in many years, I can finally say that I am no longer homesick. This is the place that I can finally call home.