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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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Fardusa Ismail

2018 scholarship recipient, Fardusa Ismail is a 34-year-old mother of two attending California State University, Fullerton. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 after fleeing civil war in her native Somalia. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development. When she is not studying, Fardusa enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and road tripping.

Upon graduation, she is planning to obtain her credentials and masters in Special Education and pursue a Ph.D. focusing on the impact of bullying and cyberbullying on adolescents with disabilities.

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Angelica Bonisese

2018 scholarship recipient, Angelica Bonisese is a full-time senior nutrition student in the DPD program at Cedar Crest College, a full-time administrative assistant for almost 5 years at the local non-profit Hope for Veterans, and a lab assistant for the past 2 years for the Cedar Crest College program Health Starts in the Kitchen. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Delta Pi Chapter, the local Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association, the national PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Student Dietetic Association at Cedar Crest College. Angelica’s anticipated graduation date is May of 2019 where she will then move on to complete her dietetic internship along with her Masters of Health Science degree.

As a registered dietitian, Angelica aspires to be involved in research and development to discover new ways to prevent and treat disease through healthy lifestyle changes.

Outside of the classroom, Angelica enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and backpacking. This summer she plans to complete 100 miles along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania as part of her fundraiser, Hike for Hunger, to help provide more nutritious foods for homeless veterans in her community.

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2016 ASL Scholarship Recipient Tamika Hunter

“I am a single mother who works full time and decided to return to school to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in 2014. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in California for most of my life. Being a mother to my children is my first priority. Along with being dedicated to my own, I have a strong passion for working with youth. I have worked with underserved populations of youth for 20 years and am earning my degree in Criminology at Mount St. Mary’s University in order to pursue a career as a juvenile probation officer.

am determined to make a difference in the lives of youth by being a positive influence and providing various resources to help them make better life decisions. Returning to school after all of these years has been no easy feat, however, I am sure the reward, in the end, will prove to be well worth it.” – Tamika Hunter

 

 

2017 Scholarship Recipient Matthew Neal Preston II

Matthew Neal Preston II, has continuously served his community and country as a representative of Alpha Sigma Lambda, serving 6 years of his life in the United States Army. Notwithstanding the military, he has served 1 year as a School of Liberal Arts Student Ambassador.

As a lifetime member of 20 ACHS recognized Honor Societies and an active participant in 11 student organizations, he has worked with various local community organizations including Paw’s Pantry, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, the Indy Dream Center, the Cesar Chavez Day of Service, and the MLK Day of Service. As if all of that was not enough, he also worked for IUPUI’s Philosophy Department as a Teacher Assistant for Symbolic Logic through the Federal Work Study Program for 1 year and currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute of American Thought. At the close of his 3 calendar year tenure at IUPUI, Matthew will have completed 3 undergraduate majors in Philosophy, Political Science, and Latino Studies, 3 undergraduate minors in Women’s Studies, Legal Studies, and Spanish, a Master of Philosophy, and 2 Graduate Certificates in American Philosophy and Bioethics, while obtaining a highest distinction GPA of 3.972 and recognition as one of IUPUI’s Top 100 students. Matthew was also a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Medal and was selected as IUPUI’s 2017 student commencement speaker.

Matthew’s devotion, passion, and intransigence in the face of adversity reflect greatly upon Alpha Sigma Lambda, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Philosophy.

2016 Scholarship Recipient Latonia White-Jessie

Latonia White-Jessie resides in Queens, New York, and graduated summa cum laude from Plaza College with her AOS in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Management and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is also a member of two college honor societies which are Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) and Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD). She graduated with her Bachelors in Business Management in June 2017.

Currently, Latonia resides in Queens, New York with her husband and three children. She is a member of Astoria Baptist Church where she is also taking Christian Leadership classes. Latonia gives all thanks to God for being her rock and foundation. Without God, she would not be the wife, mother, and student she is today.  With a new found purpose in life, she will attain her Bachelor’s degree in June 2017. She will continue her education with her Masters in Accounting. Her ultimate goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Latonia is very humbled and honored to be a recipient of the 2016-2017 scholarship, and would like to thank the entire Alpha Sigma Lambda committee.