Westchester Community College Announces Cohort of Honors College Students

VALHALLA – Westchester Community College welcomed a new cohort of 18 students into its Honors College for the fall 2020 semester. This is the fourth entering cohort since the Honors College founding in 2017 These ambitious scholars are pursuing SUNY and NYSDE approved honors-designated degrees in one of two curricula: Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science, or Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities. Honors College students are chosen following a rigorous selection process, including extensive applications, recommendations and interviews.

Accepted students receive guaranteed tuition coverage and substantial textbook stipends from the WCC Foundation thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. They will have to fulfill at least 40% of their program requirements at the honors level and maintain a 3.5 GPA to graduate with an honors-designated associate degree. These student scholars also have access to specialized co-curricular programming, including the study abroad program offered in partnership with Cambridge University, the Philosophia Honors Society, student conferences and symposia, student publications, and internships.

“Westchester Community College serves a broad spectrum of students with very disparate needs and interests – from training in a range of STEM careers to pre-law, pre-med, and other professional vocations,” said WCC President Dr. Belinda Miles. “We are proud of the opportunities we offer our high-achieving students, such as those in our Honors College. WCC offers these students a tremendous foundation for pursuing their academic goals at such four-year institutions as Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Smith, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, as well as SUNY campuses and local colleges.”

“This year’s cohort represents an extensive cross-section of Westchester County communities and includes a diverse mix of local and international scholars. It is exciting to anticipate the contributions this promising group of students will achieve.”

Honors College Class of 2022 Cohort:
Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science A.A., Honors Concentration
Preston England, graduate of Peekskill High School, Peekskill, NY
Axel Espinoza, graduate of Peekskill High School, Peekskill, NY
AngelaRosa Garofalo, graduate of Mahopac High School, Mahopac NY
Rayna Goddard, graduate of Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville, NY
Jennifer Jacobs, graduate of Valhalla High School, Valhalla, NY
Max Kleiner, graduate of Pelham Memorial high School, Pelham, NY
Andrew Lee, graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School, Montrose, NY
Ivette Rojas Picon, graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow. NY
Patrick Poggi, graduate of Briarcliff High School, Briarcliff, NY
Ryan Ramnauth, graduate of Saunders Trade and Technical High School, Yonkers, NY
Daisy Rosado, graduate of White Plains High School, White Plains, NY
Yalyla Saca, graduate of Alexander Hamilton High School, Elmsford, NY
Zeltzyn Sanchez Gomez, graduate of Port Chester High School, Port Chester, NY
Faisal Shuaib, graduate of Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Accra, Ghana
Mylene Smith, graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School, Montrose, NY
Chloe Stalker, graduate of Brewster High School, Brewster, NY
Karla Uguna, graduate of White Plains High School, Yonkers, NY
Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities A.A., Honors Concentration
Dylan Ortiz, graduate of Ossining High School, Ossining, NY

About Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College provides over 24,000 full-time and part-time students with an award-winning education at one of the lowest tuition rates in New York State. The college offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, including innovative programs in such high-demand fields as Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Digital Filmmaking. The college reflects the rich diversity of its region, and was the first SUNY campus to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.

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