Meet some of the Manhattan College students who have benefited from the generosity of donors.
Alexandra Gomez ’13, a senior biology major from the Bronx, is a commuter preparing for medical school. The recipient of the Gerard and Susan Caccappolo Scholarship, she says: “The scholarship really is important because it will prevent great indebtedness upon graduation.”
A member of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, Gomez says she chose Manhattan over a number of New York City colleges because she preferred the small classes and close interaction with her professors.
“My professors are great,” she says. “They are always available.”
Gomez interned this summer at the American Lung Association in the research department. She also works part-time during the school year at St. Jean Baptiste Rectory in New York City.
“I love children, so pediatrics would be great, but I also think I would like obstetrics because I could be a great help to women at a time when they need a lot of support,” she says, looking ahead.
Ian Kennelty ’16, a mechanical engineering student from Yonkers, N.Y., is the first recipient of the DGC Capital Construction Corporation Scholarship. This scholarship is unique in that it provides financial support along with an internship opportunity and professional mentoring.
Gerry Ryan, president of DGC and chairman of Fulfilling a Dream Fund, says the fund exists “for the benefit of young people who, because of life circumstances, have limited financial ability to pursue higher education, expand their horizons and fulfill the dreams of their lives.”
“I am very grateful to the DGC Capital Construction Company for providing me with a college scholarship and for giving me an even better opportunity to succeed at Manhattan College,” says Kennelty, a commuter. It is an honor and very humbling to know that not only is a person interested in my ability to do well in college but also a whole company.”
A member of stage crew at Stepinac High School, he realized he enjoyed building and decided on a career in engineering.
“I chose Manhattan College for its engineering program. The professors were up front with their expectations of me,” he says. “I felt that they put a great deal of effort into the students in order for them to achieve their goals. I also enjoyed the fact that Manhattan College is a small community, and I would not just be a face in the crowd.”
Ilena Derosa ’15 has been the John E. Hogan Scholarship for Engineering recipient for two years now. A Carmel, N.Y., resident, she is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.
A member of a variety of clubs, this mechanical engineering major explores her creative side outside of the classroom. She is a member of the Singers and has performed violin as part of the College’s musical theater productions. A cheerleader, Derosa also volunteered her time at the breast cancer walk in New York City and cheered on the walk participants. She really enjoys being active in campus life.
“Manhattan College was my top choice when choosing a school because it had everything I wanted — a great engineering school with small class sizes, a chorus, an orchestra and a cheerleading team,” she says. “I knew I had to go here!”
When discussing the scholarship, she says: “College is a wonderful place to discover who you really are. I am so grateful for the scholarship that has given me the chance to have this experience.”
Martha Benshoff, niece of John E. Hogan, says she created the scholarship to make a difference in a student’s life. Knowing how much Hogan’s education at Manhattan College meant to him and how proud he was to be a Jasper, she says, “I remember how exciting it was to be accepted into college, but that paled in comparison to opening a scholarship letter.”