Jody Hahn

Jody Hahn is a sophomore at Luzerne County Community College and will graduate in May 2019 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Business Management Technology. Jody is President of the Adult Learners Association, a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and is Service Hallmark Vice President for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has served as a student ambassador and as a peer tutor for four semesters. She has received awards for Adult Learner of the Year, and for Outstanding Peer Tutor. 

While being very involved on campus Jody has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.976 and has been on the Presidents list for three semesters. When she graduates, she intends to transfer to Penn State University to complete her bachelor degree in Business Management. She has 20 years experience in business and finance as a corporate trainer and hopes to teach business courses at a college or university when she obtains her degrees. She would like to inspire others to make returning to school a reality; because though juggling work, family, and studies can be a challenge, it is also full of rewards. Her favorite quote is: 

“When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars. Now reach for them.”

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Cornelius J. Baker III

C.J. Baker is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, a full-time college student with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, commercial pilot, and Civil Air Patrol, volunteer. Over his 21-year career in the Air Force, he held many roles, including Target Intelligence Specialist, Operations Intelligence Specialist, and held supervisory and managerial roles across multiple intelligence fields. He completed an Associate of Applied Science with the Community College of the Air Force in Communications Applications Technology in 2007.

He is currently working to obtain a certified flight instructor rating with the Federal Aviation Administration, which will enable him to teach new pilots the knowledge, skills, and abilities to earn their wings. At Embry-Riddle, he has secured a 3.958-grade point average and has been awarded the Deans List honor nine times consecutively.  Additionally, he volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol to teach leadership skills and provide orientation flights to young cadets with a similar passion for aviation.

C.J. near-term goals are to graduate from Embry-Riddle with the summa cum laude accolade and earn a flight instructor rating. His long-term goals are to earn a multi-engine rating, gain the required experience and flight-hours to fly for an airline and continue with Civil Air Patrol to inspire and encourage the next generation of aviators.

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Belinda B. Castiblanco

My name is Belinda B. Castiblanco. I was born in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador in Central America in 1978.  My mother brought me to the United States when I turned 17 years old. By the time I turned 20 years old I got married and had my first son.  I spent many years working in different factories and, at the same time, trying to find the time and means to learn English and continue my university studies. I am an Emergency Medical Technician and a CPR instructor.  At the moment, I am enrolled in the Spanish Literature and The Foreign Languages Teacher Education programs with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Stony Brook University of New York.

Currently, I live in Long Island, New York with my husband, Sidney, and my sons Diego and Jeremy. I am a member of three honor societies and the Dean’s List. Recently, I won the Best Undergraduate Essay Award in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature in my university, however, becoming a recipient of the Dr. Alicia Savage Scholarship Award is one of the greatest honors I have received during my academic career.

I am very grateful to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. My goals are to become a Spanish Literature teacher, share my culture with my future students, and never stop learning.

 The Sky is the Limit for Belinda Castiblanco ’19 | | SBU News

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James Bartlett-Vanderpuye

James Bartlett-Vanderpuye is currently a Junior at Embry Riddle Aeronautical Worldwide majoring in Aeronautics with a minor in Management and Occupational Health and Safety.  Currently enlisted in the Air Force as a Logistician, future plans include becoming a C17 Pilot for the Air Force.  

Enlisted for eight years and deployed three times, pursuing an education has been dependent upon time and available funds. 

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship will provide needed funds for flying lessons as he has earned 10 of the 40 required hours for a pilot’s license.  In his free time, James enjoys watching and playing sports.

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Karen Wernli

Karen Wernli

Karen Wernli is a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Her major is Elementary Education, and she looks forward to teaching fourth or fifth grade. Karen hopes to create a warm, respectful and engaged learning environment for her future students.

While serving homeless families and at-risk students she gained a powerful awareness of the challenges many students are facing. She feels passionate about helping students have the best educational experience possible.

Prior to college, Karen enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother of her three daughters. She volunteered in her daughters’ schools and served as a board member and volunteer for two non-profit organizations. Karen is active in her church where she has enjoyed teaching children and adults. She loves to read, play the piano, and experience new things!

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Kereen-Brown

Kereen Brown

Kereen Brown is a senior undergraduate student at The City College of New York, working towards a major in Early Childhood Education with a co-concentration in Social Welfare. Her love and passion for education have inspired her to pursue a career in education.

Upon completion of her studies, she aspires to become a kindergarten teacher and hopes to one day open a school on her native island of Jamaica.

She is a humanitarian, a mother of three, and friend to many. Of all the titles that she has held, she believes that one of her greatest titles is that of a student. She believes that one can continually learn from each daily experience. Kareen believes in the utmost importance of loving and caring for those in need and takes every opportunity to do hands-on community service projects.

She was recently selected to serve as a CUNY ambassador in the CUNY Service Corps. as part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative.

This summer she will be volunteering in Puerto Rico for two weeks, working to provide critically important services to the residents and communities of Puerto Rico. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and spending quality time with her children. 

 

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Ernest Scott

Hello, I am Ernest Scott, final year student at Berkeley College (New York) pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration Management. While I have comfortably been able to function in this capacity within the work environment, I endeavor to be and do more, especially in the area of Non- Profits. To this end, upon my completion of this degree program, I will continue in pursuit of an MPA with emphasis on Urban Development / Non-Profits. 

I am grateful for the recognition of hard work through my induction into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and further the honor of being a recipient of the 2018 Scholarship.

As I continue on my academic and career pursuits, I will continue to hold firm to what Aristotle is quoted for saying “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Thank you Alpha Sigma Lambda.

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Nancy Vazquez

My name is Nancy Vazquez and I am a senior at Texas Woman’s University. I went back to school in the summer of 2016 to pursue a career in accounting. I have earned two associates degrees in the education and IT fields, and this winter I will be graduating with a BBA in Accounting. In addition to being a full-time student, I work as an accounts payable manager for a flooring company and as an operations clerk for a bank. In my time at TWU, I have served as the treasurer of the Accounting and Finance Society. I was also honored to receive the TSCPA Accounting Excellence Award for 2018. One of the most rewarding experiences at TWU is being able to work in the accounting lab and tutor other students.

I joined the Alpha Sigma Lambda Society at the beginning of last semester and it has been life changing. I am grateful for the amazing people I have met and the opportunities available to succeed and help each other on the way. 

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Matthew Morris

I am a senior at the Catholic University of America. My major is Human Services Administration. I am a Service Connected Disabled Veteran. I am the father of two adult children, the oldest a member of the United States Navy, and the youngest a student at Penn State. I have two beautiful grandchildren and the privilege of providing care for my elderly parents. I am the president of a non-profit recovery organization in Alexandria, VA

“The journey from addict to 4.0 University student was long and hard, but Matthew stayed the course and overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges. The youngest son in a close-knit Catholic family, Matthew joined the Navy after high school to serve his country. While he was on active duty, a pickup truck rammed his car and ended life as he knew it.”

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Shaneka S. Sanders

2018 Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship Recipient Shaneka S. Sanders

I am a divorced mother of 2 boys. I started my journey to obtaining my college degree almost 19 years ago when I graduated high school. I went off to college but had to return to help my mother during a difficult time in her life. It was during this time I had my first son. Because I had to work to support myself and my son I lost focus on school for a short period. I made the decision to return after he was a little older and was able to obtain an associates degree but I knew this wasn’t my stopping point.

I desired more and knew my purpose would require me to continue my education.

I attempted to return to school but my mother became ill and I had to help take care of her because she could no longer work. It was during this time of my mothers’ recovery that I got married and returned to school. However, the marriage didn’t last and I had to leave school once again. After time had passed I was able to start attending Strayer University and was excelling in all my classes. Because of my many attempts of trying to complete my degree, my financial aid sources were exhausted and I was forced into having to pay for school out of pocket. Here I was almost complete and now I may have to quit because I can’t afford the tuition, books or fees. It was during this time I was chosen to be inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

With this, I was informed of a scholarship opportunity that could potentially help me to pay for the last 4 classes I had remaining to obtain my degree. I applied and was selected. This was one of the most rewarding things ever to happen in my life. I now had the resources needed to finish college and obtain the bachelor’s degree I desired and set out for 19 years ago.

Determination, dedication and the will to never quit helped me to reach my goal as well as organizations like Alpha Sigma Lambda which I am a proud member. Thank You!


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