Fredonians among recipients of Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

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Caitlyn Roe and Megan E. Little

Caitlyn Roe (left) and Megan E. Little

Grants of Up to $5,000 will help students to continue their education at SUNY

The State University of New York announced honorees of the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for the State of New York – including two recent Fredonia graduates, Caitlyn Roe from Buffalo and Megan E. Little from Caledonia, N.Y.

Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to students who are graduating this academic year with a SUNY associates or bachelor’s degree and who are continuing their education at one of SUNY’s 64 campuses for either a bachelor completion degree or graduate degree, respectively. A total of 100 students are being awarded grants to start this Fall 2020 semester.

Ms. Roe anticipates graduating in May 2121 with a Master of Science degree in Biology, and has been a Dean’s List student for six semesters. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in May, graduating magna cum laude. Roe received the Fredonia Promise Scholarship for four semesters and was named to the Beta Beta Beta national honor society in Biology.

Roe’s future goal is to attend medical school, with a final goal of working in emergency medicine. A summer job at a MASH Urgent Care solidified that decision, and her choice to pursue a master’s degree at Fredonia in addition to her B.A. will allow her to increase her knowledge beyond the scope of health care. “I find all areas of biology to be intriguing and would really love the opportunity to explore them more before attending medical school.”

“The faculty at Fredonia has shown me that they really care about every student succeeding and that is why I would love to be able to continue my studies here.” - Caitlyn Roe

Roe added, “The faculty at Fredonia has shown me that they really care about every student succeeding and that is why I would love to be able to continue my studies here.”

Ms. Little graduated from Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Adolescence Education (7-12) with a dual major in Mathematics, summa cum laude. She plans to continue her studies at Fredonia to pursue a Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with a completion date of August 2021.

She completed the Fredonia Honors Program, and was the recipient of many scholarships and honors, including the SUNY Fredonia President’s Award for Excellence Golden Key International Honor Society Scholarship, Helen Kelly Lillie Memorial Scholarship, and the Dr. Nelson C. and Louise A. Wood Scholarship. In addition, she was tapped as a SUNY Fredonia President’s Science and Mathematics Scholar, Ann James Manly Endowment International Education Scholar and Earl G. Mathewson Mathematics Education Scholar.

Little was named to the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society in mathematics, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in education, and was named Sigma Kappa Most Active Collegiate and to the Dean’s List for several semesters.

“I have known I wanted to be a teacher my whole life. My mom is a Spanish teacher, and growing up in that environment definitely influenced my love for learning, teaching, languages, and cultures…Our world is so beautifully diverse. The idea of having an opportunity to be able to work with that diversity and embrace it in my professional career every day truly excites me,” - Megan Little

Little noted, “I have known I wanted to be a teacher my whole life. My mom is a Spanish teacher, and growing up in that environment definitely influenced my love for learning, teaching, languages, and cultures…Our world is so beautifully diverse. The idea of having an opportunity to be able to work with that diversity and embrace it in my professional career every day truly excites me.”

“We are immensely proud to recognize these exceptional students from across SUNY who have worked tirelessly to excel in their fields of study,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “Their recognition today as the winners of the Chancellor’s Graduate Scholarship Award will no doubt inspire countless other students to pursue their educational path at SUNY, and in turn we will continue to provide access and opportunities to invest in tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.”

The program was announced in January during Chancellor Johnson’s third State of the University System address. Grants are funded through prior New York State investment in higher education to SUNY.

Eligible students are those who maintained a GPA of 3.3 or higher who are either graduates of SUNY’s community colleges who choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a SUNY college or university, or students graduating with a bachelor’s who will stay with SUNY to receive a graduate degree.

The Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships will support up to two students from each nominating campus. Awards are grants to the students to be used to defray room, board, books, technology, childcare, or other eligible costs of attendance. The non-tuition scholarship was by nomination only and open to all students, including out-of-state residents, international students, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

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