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.

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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. 

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Jessica Curtis | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Jessica Curtis, originally from California, served 6 years in Air Force Special Operations as an airborne linguist. She crewed gunships and was the first female linguist to qualify on the CV-22 Osprey.

She has since studied wildlife biology at Eastern New Mexico University and wants to continue her education in bioinformatics and computer science. Jessica enjoys video games, fostering dogs, and spending time with her husband, Brock, and son, Noah.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help us continue to support nontraditional students by making a donation and provide assistance to other students like Jessica who are on their continuing education journeys.

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Tanika Woodard | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

“I am a native of Mobile, Alabama, and I have been pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mobile​. This scholarship will allow me to afford to student teaching this coming academic year. After graduation, I plan to obtain a degree in Counseling. I was also inducted into our Iota Eta Sigma Lambda in January 2019.”

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Tanika Woodard on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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Brittany Eddy | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Brittany Eddy is a student in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Virginia. By trade, she is an investment associate with a firm located in Charlottesville, VA.

Here, she co-founded a financial confidence mentorship program with a local nonprofit organization. At UVA, she is a Peer Mentor, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Treasurer for the Beta Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Brittany Eddy on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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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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