New York, NY– (May 30, 2013). This year, twenty-two Macaulay Honors College students and alumni claimed highly competitive, merit-based awards and fellowships–more than ever before. For the fifth consecutive year, Macaulay Honors College claimed a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and three students received honorable mentions. Nine students won Fulbright awards and one student was awarded a Luce Scholarship. Two alumni will receive funds to continue their graduate studies with National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Together, the impressive distinctions conferred upon Macaulay’s top students this year underscore their rigor, ambition and achievement in areas ranging from community leadership and academic research to science and medicine.

“We are especially thrilled to have our students recognized among the most intellectually curious and high-performing students in the country,” said University Dean Ann Kirschner. “It is gratifying to see their hard work and intense preparation recognized nationally and we look forward to their future contributions in their chosen fields.”

The Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide awards to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Hunter Gross ’15 (Hunter College)

Gross is majoring in Mandarin Chinese and Political Science and will use the Boren scholarship to attend a Chinese flagship program in Tianjin, China for the 2014-15 school year. His studies will include a year of language immersion and  courses in Chinese language at the university level.


The Fulbright Program

Regarded as one the most prestigious awards programs in the world, it is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. The Fulbright has helped to nurture 43 Nobel laureates since its founding in 1946. A Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) joins a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.

Ariela Hazan ’14 (Hunter College)

Hazan will be pursuing a Fulbright ETA in Taiwan.

Melody Mills ’14 (Baruch College)

Mills, a double Major in Psychology and Political Science, and a Macaulay Lisa Goldberg/Revson Scholar, spent a semester studying in Peru in Spring, 2013. This experience provided the inspiration for her U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award in Peru, which will track the educational trajectories of street-living girls in Lima.

Karla Padawer Solomon ’14 (Queens College)

Padawer Solomon, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and two minors in Spanish and linguistics, will be a Fulbright ETA in Spain. Aside from teaching English, she will complete a community project with Casa Sefarad, an organization founded to serve as “un puente entre España y el mundo judío,” as a bridge between Spain and Jewish world.

Patryk Perkowski ’14 (Queens College)

Perkowski graduates with a double Major inMathematics and Economics and a Macaulay Goldsmith Scholar was awareded a Fulbright ETA award to teach in Malaysia. Using his Opportunities Fund, he studied in Shanghai, China and learned Mandarin. During his senior year, he traveled to Ghana where he built a kindergarten classroom, took classes on international development, and conducted research on Ghanaian education policy.

Zarin Tasnim ’14 (Lehman College)

Preceding her Fulbright ETA award to South Korea, Tasnim spent a semester studying Korean language and culture at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul. Tasnim has received numerous academic awards including a Horace W. Goldsmith Scholarship and Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Scholarship.

Mariya Tuchinskaya ‘14 (Baruch College/CUNY BA)

Tuchinskaya majored in both Psychology and Speech Language Pathology by combining majors offered through Baruch College and the CUNY Baccalaureate Program. With her Fulbright ETA award, she will spend nine months teaching English in a high school in Bulgaria.

Chloe’ Skye Weiser ’13 (Queens College)

Weiser majored in English and Anthropology as a reflection of her intersecting interests in language, culture, and social consciousness. She will be teaching in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright ETA Scholar. An avid traveler, she has studied in Greece and Israel, facilitated by the Macaulay Opportunities Fund.


Fulbright-Hays Scholarship

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for overseas experience in non-Western European countries. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country or countries. 

Ariel Yardeni ’16 (Hunter College)

Yardeni’s summer scholarship will support her participation in a Chinese-language immersion program in Beijing. She will also do field work in rural areas, and engage in a comparative study of contemporary society and educational systems in the U.S. and China.Ariel is especially interested in global health and health policy.


Fulbright UK Summer Institute Award

Each year, the US/UK Fulbright Commission supports UK and US undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. [Check for proscribed language in their press release]

Jaclyn Tortora ’17 (Baruch College)

Tortora will be studying at the University of Bristol in the UK as a winner of this prestigious and competitive undergraduate summer exchange program. The award covers all of her expenses to participate in the program.


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Exceptionally competitive, the 49-year-old program restricts universities to nominating just four undergraduates for consideration each year. Awardees must have the potential to make significant contributions to their fields.

Lauren Blachorsky ’15 (Queens College)

As a student in the Queens College Neuroscience Honors Program with a biology concentration and a minor in chemistry, Blachorsky worked in laboratories on campus since her freshman year and spent last summer at the MIT Summer Research Program. Her research covers the cognitive and neural effects of mold exposure on mice, with the aim of better understanding the detrimental effect of such exposure and developing ways to prevent resultant cognitive deficits.


Goldwater Honorable Mentions:


Nicholas Crispi ’15 (Hunter College)

Jennifer Zagelbaum ’15 (Hunter College)

Lucinda Zawadzki ’15 (College of Staten Island)


Humanity in Action Fellowship

The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today’s most challenging issues can be considered and discussed.

Alexander Simon-Fox ’14 (Hunter)

Graduating with a major in political science, and a minor in human rights, he plans to attend law school and work for the protection of civil liberties and minority rights.


Luce Scholarship

An initiative of the Henry Luce Foundation, this nationwide fellowship program is intended to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Luce Scholars receive a stipend, language training and individualized professional placement in one of 15 Asian countries.

Audrey Stienon ’14 (Hunter College)

Stienon’s major in international relations and various study abroad experiences in China, Crete, Argentina, Russia, Ecuador and Costa Rica, supported by the Macaulay Opportunities Fund, prepared her to pursue her placement as a Luce Scholar.


Math for America Fellowship

The mission of Math for America is to improve mathematics and science education in US public secondary schools by building a corps of outstanding STEM teachers and leaders. Includes up to $100,000 in stipends in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary.

Iskander Kapkayev ’14 (Brooklyn College)

Also the recipient of a prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, Kapkayev will pursue a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education at City College next year. He will then spend the next four years teaching in a city public school, working with a mentor, and attending professional development workshops and conferences.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

This year alone, the Fellowship Program received 14,000 applications and granted 2,000 of the coveted national awards. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees.

Rebecca Elisabeth DelliCarpini ’13 (Hunter College)

DelliCarpini is attending the Ph.D program in Environmental Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is studying knowledge production in the context of conservation science. Her primary field site will be in Madagascar, at the Ranomafana National Park.

Yasmin Zakiniaeiz ’12 (Hunter College)

Zakiniaeiz, currently in her first year of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale University, is studying the neural networks underlying the healthy and diseased brain.


NYC Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship combining work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. The unique opportunity to work with current decision makers and assist in the implementation of public policy distinguishes the Urban Fellows Program as the premier training program in government.

Emily Apple ‘14 (Hunter College)

Apple is a political science major with minors in human rights and public policy. She plans to pursue a career in government or the nonprofit sector. Her policy interests, she says, range from “the hyper local to the international.”

Andrew Marcus ‘14 (Hunter College)

Marcus double-majored in math and physics but found his true passion while taking Macaulay’s interdisciplinary honors seminars focusing on New York City.

Santiago Mueckay ‘13 (Baruch College)

Mueckay graduated from Baruch with a BA in Political Science and minors in English and NYC Studies. 


Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Princeton

The mission of this program is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.

Erika Larsen ’15 (Hunter College)

Larsen is majoring in philosophy and pursuing a certificate in public policy and is currently a legislative aide in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office.


Jonas E. Salk Scholarship

The Salk program was created in 1955 to honor Dr. Jonas E. Salk, the 1934 graduate of City College who discovered the polio vaccine. Highly selective, the Salk Scholarship identifies students entering the fields of medicine and the biological sciences who are most likely to make an impact on medicine and research. A total of eight awards are given out annually.

Christina Vicidomini ’13 (College of Staten Island)

Vicidomini earned one of only eight coveted awards presented to CUNY students annually. The award will provide an $8,000 to apply toward medical school tuition.


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 academic and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and the College of Staten Island). For more information, see

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