CCNY Sophomore Suprita Datta Named William R. Kenan Scholar

Award honors outstanding Macaulay Honors College students committed to public service

Suprita Datta, a sophomore in the Macaulay Honors College at City College, is one of four Macaulay students awarded William R. Kenan Scholarships, which are given for demonstrated commitment to service and civic engagement.

The program offers Kenan Scholars immersive learning opportunities as well as material support for student-developed cooperative endeavors.

“I hope to use my scholarship to start an ongoing conversation about internationally marginalized populations and the challenges they face,” said Ms. Datta, a premed student who is also majoring in international studies with a focus on conflict stabilization. “Currently, I am working on creating a panel event concerning the status of Haitian communities within the Dominican Republic.”

A native of India whose family emigrated to the United States when she was five, Ms. Datta hopes to work in global healthcare policy in post-conflict and developing societies.

The Bronx resident spent last summer traveling with Macaulay’s Global Brigades chapter to Panama in order to provide healthcare to indigenous communities.

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust established the Kenan Scholars Program in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Its goals are to incubate and foster social vision and courage; to build identity and intention as agents of change; and to draw meaningful lines of connection between scholarship and the communities in which we live.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

About Macaulay Honors College
Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and a $7,500 Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities. Visit for more information.