Nylisha Hughes | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Nylisha was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Nylisha first began working with children as young as age three as a Martial Arts Instructor. Whilst studying Dietetics and Nutrition at Bronx Community College, Nylisha became a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. After obtaining her Associate’s Degree and spending a semester away from home to gain new knowledge, she returned to New York to study at the City College of New York’s Center for Worker Education, where she is currently an Early Childhood Education Major with a concentration in History, Politics, and Society. 

Nylisha is expected to graduate with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Spring 2020 and plans to continue her education to earn her Masters and Doctorate degree. Nylisha believes in the power of mentorship and leading by example. She believes that with hard work, perseverance, a strong mindset, and making the most out of every opportunity anything is possible. 

Moreover, Nylisha believes in being hands-on, getting involved, and giving back to marginalized communities like the one in which she grew up. Among her volunteer experience is her service as an effective organizer of World AIDS Day. In 2018, Nylisha was recognized for her academic achievement, making her a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.



Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals! 

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Helen DiCave Tracey | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I was born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania, and after living in six other states in my adult life, I returned to Chester fifteen years ago to care for my aged mother. During my working years, I had several diverse professions, among them media coordinator, outside sales, medical secretary/transcriptionist, medical writer/editor, psychology case manager, and wildlife photographer. 

Since my retirement, I have written an as-yet-to-be-published novel and have helped other writers with crafting their fiction. Currently I am a senior at Widener University , majoring in Liberal Studies and hoping to graduate in 2020. After graduation I plan to work toward a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, and possibly an MFA in creative writing. I have two sons and a stepson who live nearby and who have blessed me with three grandchildren. 

 


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals! You can help students like Helen by making a donation and giving the gift of education.

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

As a student, there comes a time you may need to request letters of recommendation from a faculty member. For example, the Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship application asks for a letter of recommendation. Beyond that, you may need letters of recommendation for graduate schools, job applications, and more. Below are some tips for you to consider when you need to request a letter of recommendation. 

  1. Reach out to faculty who you recently took classes with. Remind them who you are- what grade you received, and anything else that may have stuck out (for example, the topic of your final paper or project, or if there were online discussions, how frequently or early you posted.)

  2. Mention a few things about yourself – what your educational and professional goals are, what your other responsibilities are in addition to taking classes.

  3. Clarify that the recommendation is meant to portray the type of student you are- which a faculty member can usually speak to from your behavior in their course.

  4. Offer to provide additional information if the faculty member feels it would be useful.

  5. Give the faculty a few weeks to complete the letter…don’t ask the week it is due.

  6. Ask a few faculty members for recommendations. So that if one or more don’t feel comfortable giving one, you don’t have to start the process over. It does not hurt to end up with more than one recommendation.

  7. For the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship: Remind the faculty that the recommendation can be sent via email using their faculty email address (this alleviates any worry of having to use the school’s letterhead, which can be difficult for some non-local faculty to obtain).

Keep these tips in mind as you reach out for letters of recommendation. Also, if you know now that you plan to attend graduate school or go into a field that requires faculty references, start now to develop relationships with your faculty members while you are in their class. Being an active student in discussions, helping other students, and chatting with the faculty member (whether online or on-site) may help down the road when you need that reference. 


Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Student Scholarships  for nontraditional students. 

Already applied? Visit STUDENT RESOURCES for more tips and scholarship opportunities. 

Russell Cordova | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Russell Cordova is a 45 year-old, full-time working husband and dad who went to college right after high school. Having decided to take the proverbial year off, he did not return until he was 42 years old and had a family. It was always his and his late mom’s dream that he finish school.  Taking on this task while having four children, a full time job, and many other responsibilities, was a major feat. Having set his mind on fulfilling God’s plan for his life, Rus jumped in with both feet! Above all things he seeks to know God’s heart and responded to that calling to finish school. Despite his full-time job and busy home life, he went after what he knew only God could provide. Now, several years later, Rus is graduating from Colorado Christian University with his Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude (3.98 GPA).

He has been on the Dean’s list three times and honored to be invited as a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which has been one of his greatest accomplishments. The most important lesson to be taken from returning to a higher education later in life, is to show others that there’s no expiration date on a dream!


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals!  You can help students like Russell  by making a donation and giving the gift of education. 

Scholarship Recipient 2019 Nagomi Koyama.

Nagomi Koyama | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

My name is Nagomi Koyama. I was born and raised in Sapporo, Hokkaido, and worked for years in Tokyo, Japan. About 10years ago, my husband and I moved to Okinawa, and I noticed Okinawa International Exchange and Human Resources Development Foundation has been recruiting applicants who want to enter the U.S. Universities in the military facilities in the prefecture. I am participating in this program so that I can attend the University of Maryland University College as a student in Okinawa. Studying abroad has been a big dream since my childhood, so it is fortunate to be able to learn at an American university although I live in Japan.  

I have about 30 years of experience as a Certified Physical Therapist in the rehabilitation department in the University Hospital. Also, I am qualified as a Certified Stroke Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist, Care Support Specialist, Care Prevention Promotion Leader, Community Comprehensive Care Promotion Leader, and Dementia Awareness Caravan Mate. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, I am in charge of mentoring and educating clinical practice students. To improve my English ability, and to develop and research the therapy for patients, I am enrolled in psychology as my major.  

Currently, I am a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the Dean’s List. In the Bridge program, I won the Best Research Writer Award. Also, I have been achieving a 4.0 Grade Point Average so far.

I am very grateful for the recognition of hard work through my induction into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the honor of being a recipient of the 2019 Scholarship.

My goals are to be the great help for improving the patient service with my English ability, and to share my technique with my teammates. So, I will do my best and never stop learning.


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping nontraditional students achieve their goals! You can help them by making a donation and giving the gift of education. 

Liel Blackman Scholarship Recipient 2019

Liel Blackman | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I began this journey, not knowing what to expect or how far I could go. I even questioned where education would lead me or if it was the right decision. One day I decided to let the fear go. I wanted a better life not only for me but for my children.

In 2012 I went through a drastic change in my life. After 14 years, I removed myself from a very abusive marriage and decided that I would work hard to better my children’s lives. After 12 years of being a stay at home mother, I didn’t know where to start, and I was scared. I had to figure out what was next and how I could survive post marriage. It was hard, and for the first four years, I moved every year because of financial reasons. Nothing was working so in 2016 after moving again I decided to enroll in college. It was hard because I didn’t want the financial responsibility that came with college, but at this point, I didn’t have an option; minimum wage was not enough to take care of my children.

Today, I am a senior at Columbia College, pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Thanks to the venture I embarked on with Columbia College, I am accomplishing something that I never thought I could. Today I am not where I want to be, but I am not where I used to be, and that is an accomplishment for me. I am currently a full-time working mother and an honor student. I am grateful to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for opportunities that are in place to help students like me.

I am writing with a hope to encourage someone else that does not believe in themselves or the impact that education can have on their lives. I have never been this open about my life, but I hope to encourage someone. It’s not going to be easy, but I can say that it is not impossible. Anything you put your mind to is achievable, and it cannot happen until you take away the fear by deciding to begin the journey.

I’m so thankful that God put people in this world that care about others like Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the many professors that have touched my life. Now I am working hard towards everything I need while thanking God for everything I have. We may not know each other, but I believe in you, and you should believe in yourself too.


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Maranda achieve their dreams!

You can help us make their dreams come true by making a donation. 

Maranda Kirk | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Maranda is currently in her 4th year at the University of Mobile and is pursuing a BS in Organizational Leadership. She plans to enroll in the University’s Master’s program after graduation. She and her husband Anthony together have 5 children: Matthew (20), Mary (14), Emma (12), Presleigh (10), and Paige (9). In addition to her studies, Maranda is a 1st Soprano in her church choir, as well as the Children’s Church Director, and Vice President of the New Hope United Methodist Women’s Ministry.

Her future career goals include being able to work with and assist other adult students like herself with a second chance at a college education and a brighter future. 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Maranda achieve their dreams!

You can help us make their dreams come true by making a donation. 

Gabrielle Hill | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and passionate about art and design, Gabrielle Hill is currently a senior at Salem College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Design with a concentration in Interior Design. In November 2018, Gabrielle was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.  Prior to her time at Salem College, Gabrielle obtained an Associates in Arts degree from Forsyth Technical Community College, graduated with honors and received the Dr. Dallas Herring Student Achievement Award. 

Gabrielle, knows firsthand the challenges and sacrifices an adult student must face when seeking a higher education and the importance of scholarship opportunities. These opportunities aid dreams into reality, brings value to one’s education and makes degree completion victorious. 

When Gabrielle isn’t vigorously working on her own art and design, She maintains a part-time position as a Design Associate for a small company, that specializes in home downsizing, organizing and interior design. She enjoys going to art museums, spending time with her family and spotting iconic chair cameos.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is committed to helping students like Gabrielle achieve their dreams! You can help us make their academic dreams come true by making a donation. 

2020 William C. Hine Awardee | Elizabeth Kane

Elizabeth Kane is a professional in the area of adult pedagogy and the delivery of courses in non-traditional formats.  Upon leaving her first career, Ms. Kane served as an advisor, mentor and director of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) at Saint Peter’s University for less than one year before being promoted to Dean in 2007.

Among her many accomplishments, she was responsible for moving the school from trimesters to 8-week hybrid terms, a model which is still in effect today.  Her vision was, and continues to be, to facilitate degree completion by offering the convenience of online learning with the option of attending class face to face on a limited basis to bolster the confidence of adult learners.

While at SPCS Ms. Kane was the founding councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda, introduced evening convocation and honors ceremonies to recognize working students, started a scholarship specifically for SPCS students, and revamped the experiential learning process for the benefit of working adults. 

As the Associate Vice President for Adult, Graduate and Online Education at Centenary University, Ms. Kane continues to serve nontraditional students. In just over a year she has revamped the leave of absence policy, changed the definition of full-time studies and added two majors and five concentrations, all designed for the success of nontraditional learners. She continues to be an advocate for policies and procedures which may not align with traditional University model but which are created to recognize the unique needs of this vulnerable subset of undergraduate students.

Ms. Kane serves has served as consulting expert for other schools in the adult realm, has overseen the development of fully online programs at both institutions, created advisory boards of students, faculty and corporate partners to identify areas of opportunity, and oversees curricula with a focus on traditional academics partnered with practical experience.

Learn more about the William C. Hine Award.

Carolyn Witrock | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of an Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship award as a student attending Rider University’s College of Continuing Studies. Being inducted into the Omega Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society has provided this opportunity to be a recipient of this generous award. My passion and determination to complete my education has contributed to my academic success.

“Making the decision to come back to school to complete my academic career has its challenges, especially as an older adult and a mother of an eight year old daughter. However, my passion for Applied Behavioral Analysis and to help children with disabilities has driven me to succeed.”

I desire to contribute more to our family needs and finishing my degree will enable me to do that. After overcoming adversity growing up, I did not have the financial support to be able to go to college after I graduated High School, thus pushing my schooling off further. My husband is older and it is difficult for him to continue working two jobs at his age. We also have an eight year old daughter that is ill and is currently being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Being awarded this scholarship will definitely aid in some of the financial burden that comes along with attending school. I am deeply grateful for that!

I transferred from Bergen Community College, but it had been twelve years since I had been in a classroom as a student. Since I have returned to Rider University in the fall of 2017, I have a 4.0 GPA. I am a full time student, ready to complete my last semester as an undergraduate at Rider. Besides having the honor of being inducted into the Omega Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society and now being a recipient of a scholarship award, I am a member of Psi Chi International Honor’s Society for Psychology, an Andrew J. Rider Scholar in the top 1% of my class, have made the Dean’s List every semester, and have also had the honor of receiving the Shirley Johnson Prize award in Psychology for the highest GPA.

“Coming back to Rider has opened doors that I didn’t even know were possible for me.”

I have always wanted to work with children with disabilities. I have been volunteering with Thea’s Star of Hope for nine years now. I was trained in how to care for Thea, a little girl with an Optic Glioma brain tumor. I also volunteer at Limitless Behavioral Services in Lawrenceville NJ, where I help children with Autism and other disabilities with social skills on Saturdays.

Through the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis, these individuals can be empowered to become independent and self-sufficient. They deserve to be able to function in society and feel confident in their ability to do so. Although I want to work directly with Autistic and disabled children, there are various settings and professions that ABA can be used. ABA is not limited to Autism. Learning and studying the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis these past two years, I have come to realize the endless possibilities and miracles that exist for individuals with disabilities using ABA. This would never have been possible, had I not come back to complete my academic career.

“I could not be completing my academics without the financial assistance from Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society. For that, I am forever indebted with gratitude to Alpha Sigma Lambda.”

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist nontraditional students financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help by making a donation and help us provide scholarships to other students like Carolyn who are continuing their education.