2022 Scholar Award Recipients

“Like everything else in life making the decision to take steps to a better life is always a hard one. Making that decision at 41 years old is even harder. I often worry about how I can keep up, but being a single mom of a now 17-year-old that I am pushing to go to school and get his degree now will allow me to show my son with hard work and the mentality, doors will open and things will work it out even if you can’t see how it will do so.”

“As a returning adult learner in CW’s adult program, I am growing and networking with so many brilliant people. This growth will ultimately lead me to accomplish two very important goals: 1) graduate with my BBA in Business Administration, and 2) obtain a managerial role with my current employer. I know that investing in my education will make me a better, smarter, a more confident person. One that will make a difference in this world and bring value to anything I touch.”

“It’s been three years since I moved to America and now, I am about to graduate next year in Information Technology with a bachelor degree. I am so proud of myself for this accomplishment. I believe that my education, experience, hard work and my goals fits nicely for this scholarship. I need to do more work because I am not yet there but having this scholarship will positively affect my emotions and I am certain that it will make a significant contribution to my continuing education.”

“As I’ve been able to continue my path of education, I have had to take more responsibility and take my first steps into the real world. I have to work at my job which takes up most of my time and it’s been a bit tough especially because school is very important to me, but my job is also very important to me and the opportunities that a degree could give you can be life changing. This scholarship is giving me the chance to succeed and advance in the two things that are most important to me.”

“If you told me two years ago I would be back in school, I wouldn’t have believed you. When I spoke to my aunt about going back to school, my biggest concern was the financial aspect. However, I’m glad it didn’t derail me. This scholarship will push me more to finish, and I will be able to show my kids that anything is possible. Showing my children it’s never too late will be my biggest accomplishment.”

“I made a promise to myself; I promised myself to make my family proud. On September 13, 2021, I stepped into the world of computer “IT” Information Technology at the College of Westchester because I want to become a coder and a computer technician, but mostly because I want to help them (my family). They were committed early on in my life to doing everything in their power to instill in me a love of learning and an understanding of the importance of hard work and dedication, so I want to return the favor.”

Mehki is pursuing his bachelor of science degree in Interactive Digital Media & Marketing. Mehki was selected for this award because he really stepped up as the first ever leader of the Gaming Club. In this role, he has been incredibly dedicated, flexible, welcoming and responsible. He has also stepped up as a student leader outside of his club role in other ways, making him truly deserving of this award.

“When I came to this country to pursue a better education, I found myself with a bombshell after discovering the monetary worth of my future education will cost me. My first thoughts were to say no, close the door to my education and find another passion that does not involve putting myself in debt. However, pursuing a career in the medical field has been one of my dreams since I was 12 years old, and I was not going to let the lack of money stop me from accomplishing my goals. Receiving a scholarship could make my college experience, one of the best experiences I have ever had. I will not be only involved with getting my education, but I will be giving myself the chance to create memories, meet new people and even finding a new passionate.”

“It has been two and a half years since I started at The College of Westchester. I have been taking about three classes per semester to ensure I don’t overburden myself and have the proper time to focus on my studies. I work hard and apply myself completely in order to do my best work. This scholarship would be beneficial to my educational goals by allowing me to dedicate the time I need to my classwork and my career goals.”

“Education has been a big part of my life. My parents always told me that if I want to get somewhere in life, I would have to be very persistent and work really hard toward my goals. My life has had a ton of adversity in it and with this adversity I have gained a ton of experience. Most importantly, I have learned to put my dreams and myself first, no matter what anyone says. In my heart and my mind, I know what this woman should be and that is to be a woman that graduates CW and pursues all her dreams. Hopefully, my mother will understand why I chose this path, as I aim to alter how women within my culture are viewed. I also hope that my actions inspire others.”

“Here at the College of Westchester, I have found some of the most beautiful, brightest, willing-to-share stars who are helping me find my purpose. This scholarship is one more opportunity to become a better person than I was yesterday. I’m proud I have risen to the challenges of college and connected with such an amazing community. I am grateful for all the people who have been willing to share their light, trusting it wouldn’t be simply lost within me. And it hasn’t been. My goal is to complete my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. After I do, I plan to brightly shine the light I’ve been given on others and continue becoming my best me.”

“My parents were never given a shot at having an education. They were never given a shot to show their full potential and make a difference in the world. On the other hand, I always wanted to be someone in life. To show all my potential and to make a difference in the world. I was also afraid of attending college, because of my age and felt I couldn’t make it. But I did well each semesters and kept my GPA higher than 3.0 I realize age is nothing but a number, and dreams do come true no matter how old you may be or how many children you have. So I put in my mind if I could do it you can too!”

“My parents have always been supportive and they tell me every day to follow my dream. That’s what college is for me. It’s the beginning of how my dreams will start to become a reality. I want to work very hard to be successful in life. I want to accomplish my dream of becoming a nurse to help my parents, siblings, and people who need it, even myself. As a child of immigrant parents, I learned to take responsibilities for my family and myself at a very young age. My family, success and leaving a legacy rank among the three most important things in my life. Due to my past, I keep these three vital factors in mind every single day to help myself succeed.”