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Celebrating the 2016 Guttman Transfer Scholarship Recipients

October 12, 2016


On September 22, 2016, an awards ceremony to honor the 2016 recipients of the Guttman Transfer Scholarship was held at The Graduate Center’s Proshansky Auditorium. This scholarship program, thanks to the generosity of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, supports some of CUNY’s most high-achieving community college graduates as they transfer to five CUNY senior colleges (Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, Lehman College, and Queens College). Recipients are selected by a faculty committee in a competitive review process, on the basis of their strong academic records, compelling essays, and enthusiastic letters of recommendation. The program has supported 270 scholars since 2014; this year’s awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of 95 students in the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 cohorts.

The program featured remarks by the new president of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, Susan Butler Plum and a panel discussion among several Guttman Scholars, moderated by CUNY’s Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz. Another Guttman Scholar, Gina Mitchell, provided a reading of the inspirational poem “Keep A-Pluggin Away,” by Sir Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

The panel discussion focused on three scholarship recipients’ personal journeys to academic success. Alcida Adam, a 2014 graduate of BMCC who received her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, explained how her educational path was influenced by factors in her personal life, and how the Guttman Transfer Scholarship helped her stay focused on completing her bachelor’s degree as quickly as possible. Arlette Butcher, a current Hunter College student with an associate’s degree from BCC, spoke about her experience enrolling in college after moving to the United States, and how the scholarship gave her a renewed sense of confidence that helped her achieve a 4.0 grade point average and graduate as salutatorian of her community college class. Richard Darrigo, a graduate of BMCC and Queens College, talked about how the scholarship inspired him, as a non-traditional student, to press on with his educational path at points when he might otherwise have taken a semester off and lost momentum.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of Guttman Scholar lapel pins to this year’s scholarship recipients, presented by Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation Board Treasurer Robert S. Gassman, and Executive Director of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, Elizabeth Olofson.

A reception, attended by Chancellor James B. Milliken, took place after the ceremony. To see more photos from this event, visit the Guttman Transfer Scholarship’s Facebook page.

Learn more about the Guttman Transfer Scholarship.