Katheline Baez, a senior Early Childhood: Child and Family Services student at SUNY Cobleskill, has been awarded the prestigious Spirit Award Scholarship by New Yorkers For Children.

The $10,000 scholarship is awarded each year to one student in the state who “embodies the spirit” of New Yorkers For Children founder Nicholas Scoppetta. According to NYFC, the award is reserved for “a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City who has completed at least one year of studies at an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.”

The awardee must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding leadership skills
  • Commitment to their community
  • Determination and ability to overcome barriers to academic success

“This award gives me the financial support I’ll need as I begin my next phase in life,” said Baez, who will graduate in May. “The future is even more uncertain without any support. I plan to be a high school teacher that focuses on self-love, self-discipline, love and respect for others, and how to get through daily life.”