The Office of Student Engagement staff are happy to recognize students at Ithaca College who excel in the areas of leadership, service, involvement in the life of our campus, and academic success. We are pleased to create this website that highlights outstanding students and staff and to recognize the good work they have done to make Ithaca College a community that thrives, and one that so many of us are proud to call home.
Office of Student Engagement Scholarships 2021
Community Service Awards
Each year, one service-based student organization receives this award in recognition of their efforts to address challenges and improve the quality of life right here in Tompkins County and around the world. This year’s recipient is Wheels for Women. This year also marks the 10th anniversary for Wheels for Women’s efforts that support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Kerala, India. Students in the Department of Theatre Arts put on a benefit cabaret each year that raises money for job training as auto rickshaw drivers to residents of women's shelters that are run by the Cultural Academy for Peace in Ernakulum. This student organization has raised over $40,000 and trained over 25 women as auto rickshaw drivers. Thank you, Wheels for Women!
Community Service Scholarships
The Ben Light '36 Memorial Scholarship was established by gifts from the family and friends of the late Ben Light, a devoted administrator who helped build the South Hill campus.
This year's Ben Light '36 Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Abby McGuire. Congratulations Abby!
The Advisor of the Year Award is given to an advisor of a student organization who has shown true dedication and commitment. This year’s recipient is Scott Thomson of IC Speech and Debate. One student writes, “He is extremely kind and understanding, and has been providing academic and emotional support for all of our team members, regardless of whether we're in a class he's teaching or not.” Another says, “He encourages people to be the greatest version of themselves." Congratulations, Scott and thank you for your commitment and dedication!
The Outstanding Executive Board Member of the Year award is presented to an individual who demonstrates high levels of leadership, commitment, and support as an executive board member in their organization. This student also demonstrates outstanding creativity, participation, and energy toward the success of their organization. This year’s award goes to Caitlin Glastonbury of Mental Health Awareness for Musicians Association. One of Caitlin’s peers wrote, “they also took on project after project -- starting new initiatives in the School of Music, reforming the structure of the organizations they are in to maximize efficiency and increase member interest, and planning a variety of events to promote wellness and community, all with an emphasis on empathy and community service.” Congratulations, Caitlin!
This award is given to a newly formed OSE student organization recognized in the 2020-2021 academic year who has shown true dedication and commitment to the Ithaca College community. This year’s recipient is Black Artists United. Within their first year, they've accomplished so much. Ever since BAU was created, they have created nothing but change within their community by having events that cater to black students, interacting with alumni in the film and theatre industry, and facilitating a discussion on women’s empowerment. BAU hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Event called “Burnout” that gave a space to all students to share their stories. Congratulations Black Artists United on making meaningful change on our Ithaca College campus!
The Student Organization of the Year award is given to a student organization that made outstanding contributions to the campus community during the academic year. This year’s recipient is the Audio Engineering Society. Audio Engineering Society served as a light at the end of the tunnel for many students across campus as they re-built their organization around equity, diversity, and innovation. This year’s all-female executive board made history in a male-dominated industry. AES focused on bringing diverse guest speakers from multiple countries to engage the campus community. Congratulations Audio Engineering Society!
The Program of the Year award recognizes a successfully planned student organization program that enhanced the Ithaca College community by utilizing a different and creative approach, was open to the entire college community, utilized college resources, and drew in a diverse audience. This year, the Program of the Year award is given to IC PT Wellness Club and ICPTSA for their program, “Recognize and Refer: Mental Health Awareness in the Clinic”. This event focused on how to handle difficult conversations with clients and learning skills that aren’t explicitly talked about in class. These student organizations plan on making this new event into an annual program. Congratulations, IC PT Wellness Club and ICPTSA!
The Class of 1984 Endowed Scholarship was established by members of the 1984 senior class as their gift to the College.
This year's recipient of the Class of 1984 Endowed Scholarship is Sheila Wallis. Congratulations Sheila!
The Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship was established by members of the 1985 senior class as their gift to the College.
This year's recipient of the Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship is Grace Madeya. Congratulations Grace!
The Class of 1991 Memorial Scholarship was established by members of the 1991 senior class as their gift to the College and later expanded to include gifts memorializing former classmates.
The Class of 1993 Endowed Scholarship was established by members of the 1993 senior class as their gift to the College.
This year the recipient of both the Class of 1991 Memorial Scholarship and the Class of 1993 Endowed Scholarship is Julia Dath. Congratulations Julia!
Student Governance Council Scholarships
This year's recipient of the Margaret A. Reid scholarship is Anna Papadopoulos, Class of 2023. Margaret A. Reid was an Ithaca College student and the bookkeeper on the Executive Board of the Student Government Association as a sophomore for the 1984-1985 academic year. Shortly after returning home for the summer before her junior year, Margaret passed away due to a small and undetected tumor in her brain. She donated her corneas and kidneys to those in need. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a current Ithaca College student who embodies the same spirit of involvement and dedication as Margaret. She was an excellent student leader, and she understood the great value that participation on campus can lend to an education.