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Two SUNY Cobleskill Students Awarded SUNY Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship

Grants of Up to $5,000 will Help Students Continue Their Education at SUNY

Cobleskill, NY – Two SUNY Cobleskill students, Heather Heckman and Catherine McAvoy-Pindar, have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship, respectively. Grants of up to $5,000 are being awarded to 2020 SUNY graduates who maintained a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and who are continuing their education at one of SUNY’s 64 campuses. A total of 100 students are being awarded to start this fall 2020 semester. Awards are made as grants to the students to be used to defray room, board, books, technology, childcare, or other eligible costs of attendance.

“We are immensely proud to recognize these exceptional students from across SUNY who have worked tirelessly to excel in their fields of study,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “Their recognition today as the winners of the Chancellor’s Graduate Scholarship Award will no doubt inspire countless other students to pursue their educational path at SUNY, and in turn we will continue to provide access and opportunities to invest in tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.”

This prestigious honor has been given only to 45 of SUNY’s top Associate Degree students, and to 55 of SUNY’s top Bachelor’s Degree students who exemplify SUNY’S motto: To Learn, To Search, To Serve.

Heather Heckman graduated an AA in Humanities and a 4.0 GPA, and will continue her studies towards a BA in English at SUNY Geneseo. Known as an outstanding student with an inquisitive mind, excellent work ethic, and engaging personality, during her time at SUNY Cobleskill Heather received the Outstanding Student in Humanities Award, a Merrill Family Foundation Scholarship, and became a member of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.

“I am very proud to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and I am grateful to be recognized,” said Heather Heckman. “This honor encourages me to continue my academic pursuits with the same vigor I had at SUNY Cobleskill.”

Catherine McAvoy-Pindar graduated SUNY Cobleskill with a BS in Early Childhood Studies with a 3.89 GPA. She will be pursuing her master’s degree at the University at Albany. Considered to be a role model by her peers for her commitment to her education, she is a champion of SUNY Cobleskill, serving as a Student Ambassador and Student Assistant in Admissions. She served as secretary of the campus chapter of the international honor society Epsilon Pi Tau, and secretary of the Early Childhood Club. Catherine’s internship took her to St. Jude’s Research Center in Tennessee.


“To me, this Fellowship is an incredible honor,” said Catherine McAvoy-Pindar on receiving this award. “I am very thankful to have received this Fellowship and to utilize it while I continue my education with SUNY.”

“Heather and Catherine are outstanding examples of SUNY Cobleskill’s student leaders, who excel both within and outside of the classroom,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio. “We are very proud of them for being recognized as part of this elite group of scholars and wish them great success in their future studies.”



This release was published by SUNY Cobleskill, 05/20/20


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