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 Awards and Scholarships Recipients 2022
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 and is awarded to one student for outstanding contributions to the community.
This year's Ben Light '36 Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Brielle Long, Class of 2023. Congratulations Brielle!
The John P.E. Brown '35 Scholarship was established in memory of John P. E. Brown, a member of the College's board of trustees for 52 years. It is awarded to students who have outstanding academic records and are active volunteers.
The William A. Scoones Community Service Award celebrates Bill Scoones's lifetime example of service both to Ithaca College and the greater Ithaca community. It is awarded annually to two rising upper-class students who have made significant contributions to the community through service work.
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 Diana Dimitrova of International Club, who is the Director of International Programs on campus. One student writes, “She is amazingly caring and committed in all her efforts in helping advance our organization's mission. Without Diana's guidance and consistent support, our organization and community would not have the engagement and visibility that we currently have on campus. I believe Diana exceeds the expectations that many of us have of advisors, and consistently sets the standards high in my mind due to her diligent work ethic and dedication.” Congratulations Diana!
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 Christian Castro of Ithacappella. One of Christian’s peers said, “they are the most organized, detail-focused president I've ever seen in a student organization. Everything is done ahead of time, everything he is responsible for is done correctly, and Ithacappella is thriving due to his contributions. I would be hard pressed to find someone else who has the same level of impact behind the scenes of their organization that Christian does.” Congratulations Christian!
This award is given to a newly formed OSE student organization recognized in the 2021- 2022 academic year who has shown true dedication and commitment to the Ithaca College community. This year’s recipient is IC Paint and Sip. Ever since IC Paint and Sip was created, they have had consistent events bringing students together to create beautiful art, de-stress, and have a good time with snacks and drinks. The organization has created an environment where students from all skill levels can come together and paint, while making new friends. Paint and Sip also partnered with the Student Activities Center (SAC) to host an event in the SAC where students also donated their art to decorate the space. Congratulations Paint 'n Sip!
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 Students Activities Board (SAB). SAB has consistently provided the campus community with diverse events and activities. They have also collaborated with other organizations like the IC Comedy Club, Black Students Union, Sister 2 Sister, Center for IDEAS, IC Stand-Up, and several others to provide engaging experiences for a wide range of students. SAB also prides itself on providing a platform for students to share and showcase their talents. A student shared that “SAB fosters student growth, enjoyment, and longstanding memories with the diverse category of events they put on campus.” Congratulations SAB and we look forward to your continued amazing work!
Student Organization Program of the Year
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, we are honoring two impactful programs: “IC Day of Learning: Grappling with Antisemitism” and “BIPOC Kickback and Party”.
The IC Day of Learning: Grappling with Antisemitism was led by Hillel at IC in collaboration with the Center for IDEAS and other offices, faculty, staff, and students to provide the campus community with a wide variety of educational sessions and resources. This event was created in response to the two instances where swastikas were found on our campus. The goal of the day of learning was to educate the campus as to why antisemitic acts like this still occur in our society, and provide knowledge and context for folks to grapple with antisemitism. Hundreds of people were present and engaged with the various sessions.
The BIPOC Kickback and Party was an event created and led by Ujima Black Student Union, African Students Association, Brothers IV Brothers, PODER Latinx Student Association, Student Governance Council, Residence Hall Association, Sister 2 Sister, IC Mixed, IC Upper Quads, and Black Artists United. The event was meant to provide BIPOC students with a space to connect and build community. The leaders of the event composed a mission where they stated that the struggles of the pandemic, social injustices, and other challenges faced by students “moved us to take action to curate spaces, events, and other opportunities to effectively and holistically support students of color and revive our communities”. The event also featured local black owned businesses and student businesses.
Thank you to all of the collaborators for creating these two engaging and impactful programs for IC!
The Anne Siegel '81 Memorial Scholarship was established through gifts to the College from the family and friends of the late Anne Siegel. It is awarded to rising juniors or seniors who most closely personify the qualities and attributes of Anne Siegel, including good academic performance and involvement in the extracurricular life of the College.
The Class of 1984 Endowed Scholarship was established by members of the 1984 senior class as their gift to the College and is awarded in recognition of solid academic achievement and active involvement in campus organizations.
This year's recipient of the Class of 1984 Endowed Scholarship is Julia Dath, Class of 2023. Congratulations Julia!
The Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship was established by members of the 1985 senior class as their gift to the College and is awarded in recognition of solid academic achievement and active involvement in campus organizations.
This year's recipient of the Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship is Anna Schmandt, Class of 2023. Congratulations Anna!
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. Both are awarded in recognition of solid academic achievement and active involvement in campus organizations.
This year the recipient of both the Class of 1991 Memorial Scholarship and the Class of 1993 Endowed Scholarship is Catherine Jantson, Class of 2024. Congratulations Catherine!
The Class of 2006 Endowed Scholarship honors the many contributions of the members of the class of 2006 and is awarded to rising seniors with solid academic achievement and outstanding leadership and involvement in the Ithaca College community.
The DeVito Family Endowed Scholarship for Emerging Leaders is awarded in recognition of good academic standing and a commitment to campus and civic leadership.
This year's recipient of the DeVito Family Endowed Scholarship for Emerging Leaders is Anna Papadopoulos, Class of 2023. Congratulations Anna!
The Jed Haubenstock Memorial Scholarship is awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership and involvement in campus activities, as well as a high degree of commitment to furthering quality of life on the Ithaca College campus.
The Robke-Zuris Scholarship is awarded in recognition of academic achievement and extracurricular involvement.
This year's recipient of the Robke-Zuris Scholarship is Mikayla Tolliver, Class of 2024. Congratulations Mikayla!
The Senior Scholarship is awarded to rising seniors in recognition of academic achievement and extracurricular involvement.
This year's recipient of the Senior Scholarship is William Walberg, Class of 2023. Congratulations William!
The William Bingham Foundation Endowed Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who exhibit outstanding leadership and involvement in the Ithaca College community.
Student Governance Council Scholarships
The SGC Scholarship is awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership qualities and active participation in a wide range of campus organizations.
This year's recipients of the Margaret A. Reid scholarship are Andrew Garoppo, Class of 2024 and 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 this scholarship is to recognize current Ithaca College students who embody 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.