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University Honors Third Cohort of Success Scholars
More than 900 first-year and transfer students earned the Invest in Success Scholarship this year, an award recognizing first semester high-achieving students.
Along with the merit-based, renewable scholarship award, the Success Scholars were honored at socially distanced receptions where they connected with staff and faculty, as well as a host of resources that can support their continued success on campus and beyond. In attendance were the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars, Career Services, Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising, Center for Learning and Student Success, College of Law, ’Cuse Works, First-Year and Transfer Programs, First-Year Seminar Program, Renée Crown University Honors Program, Shaw Center for Public and Community Service, Syracuse University Abroad, Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (The SOURCE) and Syracuse University Libraries.
“Together with our colleagues in Academic Affairs and across the schools and colleges, the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience recognizes the incredible achievement of our newest cohort of Success Scholars,” says Rob Hradsky, vice president for the student experience. “Not only did this year’s Success Scholars demonstrate academic excellence, but they did so under unprecedented circumstances while starting their college careers during a pandemic. We congratulate them on their many successes this year.”
This message of perseverance and success resonated with the new Success Scholars as they reflected on what this award means to them now and into the future.
First-year student in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Tracey Edson says, “It was an honor to be recognized as a Syracuse University Success Scholar. In what was such a hard first semester as a freshman, adjusting to college in a pandemic, each day had its ups and downs. There was no telling what any day would be like because of the uncertainty the pandemic has brought and continues to bring. Despite those challenges, I’m proud that myself and others were able to persevere, and that the University recognized us for that. Although it has been a tough year, this was a positive and I’m grateful for it.”
“It is a great honor for me to be selected as the Syracuse Scholar. Receiving a scholarship and being a member of this program inspires me to keep up the hard work. In the future, I want to share my experience with my upcoming classmates that the Syracuse University appreciates the effort of each student and all the hard work will eventually pay off,” says Xinyi Wei, a first-year student in the School of Information Studies.
“I am extremely grateful for being recognized by Syracuse University for my achievements in the fall semester, in an especially challenging time. The University’s efforts to commend the academic performance of students during a global pandemic speaks volumes to the devotion of the University and gives students the opportunity to make important connections on campus,” says Tomas Bublis, a first-year student in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.
For more information on the Invest in Success Scholarship, contact the Office of Student Success at email@example.com.