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Thirty-five students selected as Syracuse University’s 2009-10 Remembrance Scholars
Thirty-five students selected as Syracuse University’s 2009-10 Remembrance ScholarsApril 30, 2009Kelly Homan Rodoskikahoman@syr.edu
Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2009-10 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 abroad in London and Florence, were among 270 people who perished in the bombing.
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 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.
Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a rigorous and competitive process. Applicants for the $5,000 scholarship were asked to highlight their University activities, including community service. Each applicant also wrote an essay and was interviewed by members of the selection committee, composed of University faculty, staff and students.
“It is an honor to be part of the process of selecting our new Remembrance Scholars from among a truly remarkable pool of students,” says Suzanne Thorin, dean of libraries and University librarian and chair of the Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee. “They all represent the hopes and dreams of classmates lost, and remind us of humankind’s capacity to turn unspeakable tragedy into a celebration of life.”
The 2009-10 Remembrance Scholars will be recognized during a November convocation.
Additionally, the 2009-10 Lockerbie Scholars, Stefan Hanley and Alistair Inglis, were recently selected. Each year, two students from Lockerbie, Scotland, come to Syracuse for a year of study through the Syracuse-Lockerbie Scholarships, jointly funded by Syracuse and the Lockerbie Trust.
The 2009-10 Remembrance Scholars (and their hometowns and colleges/schools) are:
- Patricia Abraham of Queens Village, N.Y., College of Arts and Sciences (A&S);
- Wilson Aiwuyor of Bronx, A&S;
- Sandra Appiah of Bronx, A&S and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications;
- James Armstrong of Fair Haven, N.J., Newhouse School;
- DaShawn Babbs of Bronx, Martin J. Whitman School of Management;
- Laura Borgwardt of Madison, Wis., College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA);
- Alicia Bourne of Pine Island, N.Y., A&S;
- Kate Callahan of Willimantic, Conn., College of Human Ecology (CoHE);
- Stephanie Claytor of Twinsburg, Ohio, A&S and the Newhouse School;
- Robin Clutters of Mount Prospect, Ill., A&S and the Newhouse School;
- Alexander Coulombe of Bethlehem, N.H., School of Architecture;
- John Crandall of Syracuse, A&S;
- Sarah DiGiulio of Barrington, Ill., A&S and the Newhouse School;
- Eileen Finn of Southington, Conn., the Newhouse School and CoHE.
- Bertille Gaigbe-Togbe of Hazlet, N.J., A&S;
- Auyon Ghosh of Jamesville, A&S;
- Gregory Klotz of Rochester, the Whitman School and the Newhouse School;
- Jennifer Gramer of Portland, Ore., the Newhouse School;
- Caitlin Guthoff of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., the Whitman School and the Newhouse School;
- Scott Kuzdeba of South Deerfield, Mass., L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science;
- Helen Liang of Daly City, Calif., A&S, the Newhouse School and VPA;
- Regina Maturo of Syracuse, the Whitman School and University College;
- Shannon McCool, of West Trenton, N.J., A&S;
- Amy Rabideau of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., A&S;
- Courtney Raeford, of Syracuse, A&S;
- Michelle San Miguel of Miami, Fla., A&S and the Newhouse School;
- Gregory Sides of Manns Choice, Pa., A&S and the Newhouse School;
- Alec Sim of West Chester, Ohio, A&S and the Whitman School;
- Christina Simmons of Parsippany, N.J., A&S;
- Danton Spina of Clementon, N.J., School of Architecture;
- Samuel Staton of Sacramento, Calif., CoHE;
- Theresa Thomas of East Orange, N.J., A&S;
- Zachary West of Schoharie, N.Y., A&S;
- George Williams of Mendham, N.J., A&S and the Newhouse School; and
- Timeka Williams of Detroit, Mich., A&S and the Newhouse School.