Gannon University Students Compete for Full-Tuition Scholarships
Posted: March 17, 2014
More than 100 highly qualified students showed off creations
that ranged from works of art, musical pieces and video production to golf course design and baton skills in the
annual full-tuition scholarship competition held at Gannon University. Student presenters were judged by panels of faculty,
staff and administrators, not only on their presentations but also on a question-and-answer session that followed. In the end,
seven top-scoring students were awarded full-tuition scholarship offers to attend Gannon.
"The students invited to participate represent the top ten
percent of our acceptance pool for the 2014 fall academic year" said Tom Camillo, director of undergraduate admissions. "These
are high-quality academic students who are also heavily involved in their schools and communities. It is a pleasure to
interact with them during the competition and imagine the possibilities they may achieve at Gannon."
Narrowing down the winners was no easy task, however the
following individuals were offered full-tuition scholarships:
Alexandra Begley, a Williamsville, N.Y. native, authored and
illustrated a children's book that showcased her
development from childhood to volunteering and shadowing in
hospitals, which solidified her desire to become an
emergency medicine physician's assistant. Begley is vice
president of her school's National Honor Society and is also
involved in student council, lacrosse and field hockey.
Morgan Grzegorzewski, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, presented a
poster that explained the experiences and opportunities
that helped her to develop the foundation to solidify future
goals. Grzegorzewski is a member of National Honor Society,
Global Language National Honor Society and played varsity and
club water polo for four years, earning the Aqua
Aviator Award as the player who, through the entire season had
been a team motivator. Grzegorzewski was also a
member of the GMC All Academic, All Ohio second team, and helped
her team finish in second place at the state
championships for two years. She also volunteers as a coach for
the Special Olympics swim team and her school
district's junior high school's girl's lacrosse team.
Cassandra Bielecki, an Orchard Park, N.Y. native, created a
whimsical children's book that demonstrated her core belief
that anything seems possible when we are children. Bielecki is
an avid reader, loves music and singing jazz. She also
enjoys target shooting and writing poetry and short stories.
Aerial Pratt, a West Middlesex, Pa. native, used a "Wizard of
Oz" theme for her multimedia work that presented her
personal and professional goals for life after college. She
symbolized her journey along a yellow brick road with each
goal represented by a building along the path, ultimately
leading to a future Emerald City.
Other full tuition scholarship awards were offered to Maureen
Grady from Rockford, Ill.; Rebecca Jasen from Buffalo, N.Y.;
and Resham Dhaduk from Jersey City, N.J. In addition to the
full-tuition scholarship offers, all students who participated
received an increase in their merit scholarship award simply in
recognition of their achievements and worthy presentations.