Congrats to 2013 AFSA Scholarship Winners!

Each year AFSA provides the opportunity for members’ students to apply for a competitive scholarship, which provides $2,500 toward college tuition for five recipients. The winners are selected by the General Executive Board based on the demonstration of a strong work ethic, a commitment to their education and dedication to their communities.

“These students have the qualities and talent of the future leaders and innovators of our nation,” said President Diann Woodard. “We are proud to support them on their path to success.”

AFSA thanks all of its 2013 applicants and wishes all seniors a happy graduation.

 

Riley Battaglia  AFSA member: Chris Battaglia, Local 25

Riley Battaglia
AFSA member: Chris Battaglia, Local 25

Riley Battaglia

AFSA member: Chris Battaglia, Local 25

Riley has demonstrated an impressive academic career during his time at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Md. Through his hard work and dedication, he was able to maintain a 4.25 GPA despite undergoing open-heart surgery during his junior year of high school.

Riley’s plans include attending Towson University near Baltimore and pursuing a career in international relations and development, during which he wants to travel and help out in less-developed regions of the world. Riley says his plans after college are simple: “To impact one community somewhere in the world in a positive way, which I hope will grow and spread to impact other regions.”

 

 

 

Accursia Gallagher AFSA member: Cornelia Sichenze, Local 1

Accursia Gallagher
AFSA member: Cornelia Sichenze, Local 1

Accursia Gallagher

AFSA member: Cornelia Sichenze, LocalAccursia grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she attended Fontbonne Halle Academy for high school. She plans to attend Boston College in the fall as a pre-med student.

“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to become a doctor,” says Accursia. “I have always had a sense that this was what I was meant to do.”

Her interest in medicine is complemented by a passion for humanitarian efforts and international affairs, interests she plans to pursue throughout her career in medicine.

“I hope to one day become a member of Doctors Without Borders,” she says, “to bring the tools I have learned here to those in desperate need around the world.

I am extremely excited to start my journey towards fulfilling my dreams and I am so thankful to the AFSA for helping to make my dreams a reality.”

 

 

Matthew Ehrlich AFSA member: Susan Ehrlich, Local 1

Matthew Ehrlich
AFSA member: Susan Ehrlich, Local 1

Matthew Ehrlich
AFSA member: Susan Ehrlich, Local 1

Matthew is the valedictorian of Bayside (N.Y.) High School’s 2013 graduating class and plans to attend the Binghamton University (N.Y.) Scholars Program this fall.

“My interest in these fields stems from participating in Bayside’s Math and Science Research Program,” says Matthew. “In my freshman year, I switched off between an integrated sciences class and an applied statistics class.

 

For my sophomore and junior years, I chose the math research track, culminating in me writing an original research paper.” Matthew later submitted this paper, titled “The Fairness of the Different Systems of the NBA Draft Since 1947,” to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair, which earned him a spot as a semifinalist.

While he remains undecided on his major, he is considering a double major in mathematics and science and is excited for the opportunity to engage in individual and group research projects throughout his college career. Matthew says his ultimate goal during his undergraduate studies is “to determine my intellectual interests and to further my studies through graduate school.”

 

 

Catherine Moskos AFSA member: Stephanie Moskos, Local 1

Catherine Moskos
AFSA member: Stephanie Moskos, Local 1

Catherine Moskos
AFSA member: Stephanie Moskos, Local 1

Catherine was born in Flushing, Queens, and closely identifies with her Greek heritage. In the fall she will attend the Northeastern University Honors Program in Boston as a civil engineering major.

Catherine became interested in civil engineering after hearing it was a male-dominated field. “I want to challenge myself while empowering other women to pursue careers in the sciences,” she says.

While in college, Catherine plans to take part in philanthropic organizations and develop her skills in music, physics, architecture and the environmental sciences.

 

 

Asya Shaw  AFSA member: LaShella Stanfield, Local 25

Asya Shaw
AFSA member: LaShella Stanfield, Local 25

Asya Shaw
AFSA member: LaShella Stanfield, Local 25

Asya is a senior attending the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she focuses on dance. She has received many honors and awards, including the honor roll and the principal’s list, among others. She also was a Summer Intensive program participant with both Alvin Alley Dance and Dance Theater of Harlem.

Asya serves as a volunteer youth dance instructor with the Kingsway Baptist Bible Church and volunteers with the Light a Night Campaign to raise money for cancer research. She is also a participant in the Academic League, the debate teams and has performed with the Morgan State University (Md.) Dance Ensemble. She loves writing poetry, listening to jazz music, bowling and examining and appreciating art exhibits.

Asya aspires to become a professional dancer and intends to major in dance with a minor in psychology at Towson University near Baltimore this fall.