The Profile of SUNY Ulster Scholarship Recipient:
- 58 % attained a GPA of 3.5 or higher
- ranges in age from 17 to 60
- many have served in the military
- 60% have completed community service
- 60% of recipients work to support their families and educational expenses
- each year an average of 20% of recipients are the first in their family to attend college
- some recipients received their education through homeschooling and
- a number of recipients are international students who are not eligible to receive financial aid.
Their career goals include becoming an actor, art teacher, attorney, certified public
accountant, dentist, elementary school teacher, environmental scientist, FBI agent,
forensic scientist, high school teacher, human resource manager, nutritionist, New
York State Trooper, pediatrician, photographer, psychologist, radio broadcaster, registered
nurse, special education teacher, theater producer and writer.
Here are some excerpts from scholarship application essays to give you a snapshot of who the recipients are, how much they have accomplished, and what being a student at SUNYUlster means to them:
"Four years ago, I believed that I was 'too old' to pursue a teaching degree, but
many friends, colleagues, and the school administrator where I worked urged me to
advance in my career because of the experience and 'talent' I exhibit while working
After attending Ulster County Community College for the past four years, I have found that I love the challenge that the courses give me - and that you are never too old to learn! I work as hard as I can to achieve the highest goal, and it gives me great satisfaction when I do so.
Not too long ago, I believed that I had missed my chance at ever becoming a teacher. But, now, I have turned that belief around and I am hoping to achieve a professional degree in teaching."
"As a non-traditional student who has overcome many challenges, I am finally in the position where I can achieve my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. This is something that I never thought could possibly happen. But here I am, attending Ulster County Community College, and loving every minute of it. I have to give credit to the wonderful teachers and advisors at Ulster who helped me through it all."
"Having completed most of my graduation requirements by the end of my junior year in high school, I decided to attend SUNY Ulster as an Early Admission student. This year has been challenging; adjusting to being at campus, taking more difficult courses, and still being involved at high school. In addition to college and extra-curricular activities, I also have a part-time job. I have achieved these accomplishments with hard work, dedication, and with the support of my family and friends. After completing my Associates Degree, I plan on continuing at a 4-year college. I am very grateful for the scholarships that will help me achieve this goal."