2013-14 Remembrance Scholars Chosen

remembrancequiltSyracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2013-14 Remembrance Scholars.

The scholarships were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among 270 people who perished in the bombing. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents and corporations. Significant support for the Remembrance Scholarships has been provided by C. Jean Thompson ’66 and Syracuse University Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. Thompson G’67 in memory of Jean Taylor Phelan Terry ’43 and John F. Phelan, Jean Thompson’s parents, and by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Selection Process

Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a rigorous, competitive process. Applicants write three essays as part of a comprehensive application, and finalists are interviewed by members of the selection committee, composed of University faculty, staff and students. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded on the basis of distinguished academic achievement, citizenship and service to the community.

“Working with current Remembrance Scholars along with dedicated faculty and staff to select this year’s outstanding scholars has been a most rewarding experience for me,” says Mark Glauser, associate dean for research and doctoral programs in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and chair of the Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee.

“These 35 new scholars represent the best and brightest from across Syracuse University, highlighting what a wonderful, talented and diverse student body that we have,” Glauser says. “They have a deep understanding of the tragedy that was Pan Am 103 and the importance of honoring those we have lost while looking to the future to help make our world a better place for all. This feels especially relevant given that this is the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.”

The 2013-14 Remembrance Scholars will be recognized during a convocation in Hendricks Chapel on Friday, Oct. 11.

Additionally, the 2013-14 Lockerbie Scholars, Caroline Caddell and Callum Johnstone, were recently selected. Each year, two students from Lockerbie come to Syracuse for a year of study through the Syracuse-Lockerbie Scholarships, jointly funded by Syracuse and the Lockerbie Trust.

The 2013-14 Remembrance Scholars (and their hometowns, majors and colleges/schools) are:

  • Janessa Bonti of Bronx, a nutrition science major in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Victoria Brewster of New York City an architecture major in the School of Architecture
  • Colin Brown of Annandale, N.J., a broadcast and digital journalism major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a political science major in The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S)
  • Jona Cano of Bronx, a communication sciences and disorders major and neuroscience integrated learning major in A&S
  • Erin Carhart of Minoa, N.Y., a policy studies major and women’s and gender studies major in A&S
  • William Ceskavich of Wrentham, Mass., a political science major in A&S and an information management and technology major in the School of Information Studies (iSchool)
  • Darcy Cherlin of Sydney, Australia, an anthropology major in A&S
  • Henry Chu of Middletown, N.Y., a finance major in the Whitman School of Management and psychology major in A&S
  • Kyle Coleman of Hilton, N.Y., an information technology major in the iSchool, an accounting and finance major in the Whitman School and an economics major in A&S
  • Alexandra Curtis of East Greenwich, R.I., a political science major in A&S and a public relations major in the Newhouse School
  • Ariella Davis of Narragansett, R.I., a child and family studies major in the Falk College and a policy studies major in A&S
  • Marwa Eltagouri of Grand Island, N.Y., a magazine journalism major in the Newhouse School and political science major in A&S
  • Micki Fahner of Berwyn, Pa., a broadcast and digital journalism major in the Newhouse School and an English and textual studies major in A&S
  • William Fletcher of Latham, N.Y., a policy studies major in A&S
  • Clifford Jacobs of Lewiston, N.Y., a child and family studies major in the Falk College
  • Alison Joy of Stratham, N.H., a television, radio and film major in the Newhouse School and an Italian language, literature and culture major in A&S
  • Amanda Kullman of West Seneca, N.Y., a civil engineering major in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Jessica Lam of New York, N.Y., an inclusive elementary and special education major in the School of Education
  • Megan LeBlanc of Reading, Mass., a neuroscience and psychology major in A&S
  • Garrett Lee of Kirkland, Wash., an environmental engineering major in LCS and a mathematics major in A&S
  • Molly Linhorst of Manlius, N.Y., an international relations and political science major in A&S
  • Sonia Lopez of Houston, a psychology and forensic science major in A&S
  • Sieglinder Mghenyi of Syracuse, a public health major in the Falk College
  • Leann Miles of Tucson, Ariz., a biochemistry major in A&S
  • Ellen Moore of Elmira, N.Y., an international relations and policy studies major in A&S
  • Emily Pompelia of Ligonier, Pa., a newspaper and online journalism major in the Newhouse School and a German major and policy studies major in A&S
  • Allison Roberts of Hebron, Conn., a biochemistry major in A&S
  • Francesca Santoro of St. Charles, Ill., a musical theater major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
  • Bradley Slavin of Rockville Centre, N.Y., a television, radio and film major in the Newhouse School and an information and systems management major in the iSchool
  • Danielle Steinberg of East Falmouth, Mass., an inclusive elementary with special education major in the School of Education
  • Carlie Thompson of Norwich, N.Y., a psychology and biology major in A&S
  • Korey Tillman of Schenectady, N.Y., a computer science major in LCS
  • Leo Wong of San Gabriel, Calif., an advertising major in the Newhouse School
  • Zhi Yang of New York, N.Y., an information technology major in the iSchool and a management/finance major in the Whitman School
  • Jamie Yavorsky of Whitehouse Station, N.J., a music education major in VPA and the School of Education