AAUW Honors 12 Scholarship Recipients

Pictured front for, from left, are AAUW scholarship recipients Melodie Perrin, Leah Ratterman, Emily Olds and Hannah Lorenc. Back row, from left, are scholarship recipients Jennifer Maisonet, Kari Macomb-Gustafson, Rachel Pfeiffer, Kathyrn Andalora and Aliah Sample. Photo by Kerri Brown

The American Association of University Women Jamestown Branch recently honored 12 scholarship recipients from both Jamestown Community College and Jamestown Business College at the annual membership social held recently in the Fireplace Room of the James Prendergast Library.

The AAUW Branch has awarded more than $460,000 in scholarship money over the past 60 years to more than 400 area women pursuing their four-year college degrees. All scholarship monies are earned from the annual AAUW What’s New Fair.

During the awards presentation, Wendy Present and Becky Nystrom, AAUW scholarship committee members, introduced each scholarship recipient. The scholarship recipients are: Kathryn Andalora, Hannah Lorenc, Kari Macomb-Gustafson, Jennifer Masionet, Emily Olds, Melodie Perrin, Rachel Pfeiffer, Leah Ratterman, Aliah Sample, Kira Wilcox, Heather Zimba and Hayden Burgeson.

¯ Kathryn Andalora will graduate from Jamestown Community College in May with her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Early Childhood Education degree. She plans to transfer to the State University at Fredonia and continue her journey to earning her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and becoming a New York state certified early childhood professional. She was a member of JCC’s women’s soccer team last year and has volunteered with AAUW’s Get in the Game soccer session for young girls.

¯ Hannah Lorenc will graduate from JCC as an economics/political science honors student and pursuing her professional goals in economic and policy analysis. She wants to transfer to Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations or the University of Rochester. She actively serves in a number of leadership positions at JCC and in the community. In her essay Hannah said that through her experiences with elected leadership, economic policy and advocacy at JCC, she has truly found her inspiration and passion for seeking social justice, civil rights and the empowerment of disadvantaged populations.

¯ Kari Macomb-Gustafson will graduate from JCC in May with an associate’s degree in human services and has been accepted at SUNY Fredonia to the social work program starting in fall 2017. She plans to pursue her masters of social work degree at the University at Buffalo or or Pitt-Bradford. She would like to advocate and seek social justice for all.

¯ Jennifer Masionet is attending Jamestown Business College and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a management option. She has participated in a campaign project with her sociology class and was part of the social media group to organize a Facebook account to raise money and donate pencils to a nonprofit organization called Pencils of Promise. Her task was to bring awareness to others on the importance of education to children living in poverty.

¯ Emily Olds will graduate in May with her Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science, and transferring to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse for her bachelor’s in Wildlife Science. She seeks a career in wildlife management, conservation biology, or related area and is passionate about sustainability, the natural world, and educating and inspiring others to help care for the planet. Emily has volunteered for two years as presenter for AAUW’s Get in the Game soccer session and participated in Kallie’s Krusade carnival as part of a larger effort to raise awareness and money for fighting childhood cancers.

¯ Melodie Perrin is attending Jamestown Business College and is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Administration. She would like to work with children with special needs and possibly in mental health counseling. Melodie has participated in the Pencils for Promise at JBC and the Buddy walk for Downs Syndrome.

¯ Rachel Pfeiffer will graduate with her Biotechnology degree and pursuing a career in molecular biology, medicine, or biomedical research, possibly in the areas of pediatric medicine or neonatology. She plans to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh. Rachel’s essay spoke of the need for scientific literacy in today’s world and how her time at JCC has helped her discover her love and aptitude for math, and the joy of helping others understand math and science concepts.

¯ Leah Ratterman will graduate from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at JCC and has been accepted to Gannon University to continue her academic career in occupational therapy and earn her master’s degree in occupational therapy. Leah has volunteered with the Chautauqua Blind Association’s annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser, Chautauqua County Department of Health’s community baby shower for low-income families and with the Mental Health Association of Jamestown. Leah was the co-historian of the student occupational therapy association club and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Leah was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Student Excellence.

¯ Aliah Sample will graduate from JCC in May with a degree in individual studies and will be transferring to SUNY Fredonia where she will pursue a degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. She would like to become an effective teacher and to become a positive role model for others.

¯ Kira Wilcox will graduate in May with her A.S. Criminal Justice degree and then transfer to SUNY Canton to pursue legal studies with the career goal of becoming a lawyer. She plans to specialize in criminal law, with the desire to practice family law later in her career. Kira said she has dreamed of becoming a lawyer since the fifth grade and has taken as many criminal justice and law-related classes that she could. Kira wrote in her essay that she “found the criminal justice classes…so mesmerizing and easy to learn, that there is no other career that I could imagine myself pursuing because I know that I was born to be a lawyer.”

¯ Heather Zimba will graduate i May with her A.S. Environmental Science degree and plans to transfer to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Biology or Environmental Science program, in pursuit of becoming a wildlife biologist. She has volunteered for AAUW’s Get in the Game and has spent many hours in the woods and waterways of the area’s natural areas as both volunteer and student intern for JCC and RTPI. This summer she will work with the WNY Partnership for Invasive Species Management. In her essay, Heather said she hopes to monitor, protect and conserve wildlife in its native habitats, and help educate the public about the importance of preserving ecosystems and species.

¯ Hayden Burgeson is the recipient of the AAUW Freshman Athletic Scholarship. Hayden is studying criminal justice at JCC. She is a member of the JCC women’s basketball team and was the captain of her high school basketball team in 2016 at Southwestern Central High School. While attending JCC she has volunteered with a basketball clinic with the Boys and Girls Club. She plans on completing her degree and transferring to continue her education.

AAUW has been empowering women since 1881. Its mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. To learn more about AAUW, go to www.aauw.org or jamestown-ny.aauw.net.

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