Twenty-six Wesley College students have been selected for the Cannon Scholar Program, a S-STEM program established to help recruit and retain academically-talented students in biological chemistry, biology, environmental policy, environmental science and mathematics.
Wesley College was awarded a grant (Award Id : 1355554) of $600,000 in 2014 to be spent over the course of five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in order to support the scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math (S-STEM) programs. Through the STEM grant programs, Wesley awarded $77,000 to deserving students for the upcoming semester.
“We have seen wonderful progress in our students’ success because of this grant opportunity,” said Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “There has been an increase in undergraduate research, presenting at national conferences and national recognition for our students as a result.”
This program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented, financially disadvantaged, academically-talented students graduating from Wesley with bachelor degrees in the four STEM areas. In addition, the Cannon Scholars Program aims at strengthening these students’ preparation for and interest in pursuing a future graduate or professional program thereby increasing the numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of regional and national need.
To receive an annual scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, exhibit academic potential or ability, demonstrate financial need and be a full-time STEM major. To maintain this scholarship, students must uphold a high GPA and remain a full-time STEM major.
Recipients of the scholarship will be involved in a living-learning community, mentoring groups, workshops, peer-tutoring and various co-curricular activities. The Cannon Scholars Program will also help these students find paying positions on campus and encourage their participation in Wesley’s undergraduate research programs.
Wesley will offer Scholars one-on-one counseling, assessment and review sessions for job readiness, interview skills and résumé writing. In addition to financially supporting students, this program aims to help foster a community that equips students with the skills and credentials required to move forward toward a thriving STEM career.
Students selected include Riza Bautista from Milford, Del.; Ariel Bilbrough from Dover, Del; Edward A. Brandenburg from Hartland, WI; Robert Dina from Bear, Del; Tyler Dominiak from Baltimore, MD; John Dougherty from Wilmington, Del; Katelynn Fry from Newark, Del; Morgan Gannon from Harrington, Del; Destiny Hollis from Wilmington, Del.; Christina Hubert from Dover, Del; Andre Jones from Philadelphia, PA; Leighann V. Jones from New Castle, Del; Austin Lonski from Felton, Del; Savannah Love from Glen Burnie, MD; Austin Luna from Schuylerville, NY; Alexis Moore from Claymont, Del; Dinh Ngo from Somerdale, NJ; Bradford Olivo from Durham, NC; Clara Pena from Providence, RI; Katelynn Russomanno from Hopatcong, NJ; Michael Skivers from Milford, DE; Summer L. Stone from Baltimore, MD; Momina Toseef from Dover, DE; Marc Tremble from Paterson, NJ; Josephine Veeria from Smyrna, Del; Dionne Williams from Middletown, Del.
Pictured (left to right) Front Row: Pena, Luna, Stone Second Row; Russamanno, Williams, Hollis, L. Jones, Olivo, Veeria Back Row: Dina, Dougherty, A. Jones, Tremble, Skivers, Wirick and Lonski