Founder's Scholars

The Fordham Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund helps Fordham advance its goals and mission of recruiting more underrepresented students of all backgrounds to the University. The Scholarship is awarded to undergraduates whose curiosity of mind and strength of spirit have enabled them to go beyond the boundaries of expectation.

Scholarship recipients must demonstrate a desire for excellence in all aspects of life through coursework, extracurricular activities, and personal experiences. Their characteristics reflect the qualities shared by Fordham's founding members and are mandates for the development of an ethical society.

Isabella Acuña, FCLC ’25

Major: Theatre—Performance Track
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

“Cura personalis defines the Fordham experience. It encourages students to discard any prejudices and see each other through a new lens, opening up to people they may never have met otherwise. It builds students’ ability to honor and be kind to themselves and their community.”

Isabella Acuña

Saad Ali, FCRH ’24

Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“Fordham’s emphasis on self-reflection was an important part of my decision to come here. At Fordham, students do not just strive academically; everyone wants to help you find the best version of yourself. Through reflection, students are able to constantly and rapidly improve.”

Saad Ali

Yves Andradas, FCLC ’25

Major: Philosophy
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“I want to express immense gratitude to the Founder’s Scholarship donors. It was exciting to learn that Fordham would be assisting so greatly in facilitating my attendance, and I feel that the scholarship will have a very large impact on my future.”

Yves Andradas

Helena Beasley, GABELLI ’25

Major: Global Business with a Concentration in Global Marketing with Consumer Insights
Minor: German
Hometown: Madison, CT

“I am confident that my academic growth and success will only continue with the University’s new campaign for the student experience. It will assure that my classmates and I continue to have an inclusive, enriching, and satisfying experience at Fordham.”

 

Helena Beasley

Michael Bellia, GABELLI ’25

Major: Business Administration
Minor: Business Law and Ethics
Hometown: Wantagh, NY

“I could not have anticipated such a generous scholarship. I hope one day I can give back to the Fordham community, as you did. For now, I intend to do my best and use what I have been awarded to make a difference at Fordham. I look forward to the many opportunities I will have here.”

 

Michael Bellia

Jacob Brozon, GABELLI ’23

Major: Finance
Minor: Anthropology
Hometown: Caldwell, NJ

“Cura personalis reminds me to strive to do the best I can in all areas of my life, whether it be academically, professionally, or spiritually. The holistic student experience is what sets Fordham apart. I am not only getting a great education but also growing as a person.”

 

Jacob Brozon

Katelyn Castillo, FCRH ’24

Major: Economics
Hometown: Bronx, NY

“When I first found out about the Founder’s Scholarship, I was excited about being a member of the Fordham community. I hope that one day I can contribute to Fordham to help other students receive a great education. My passion for the future is to be able to help others.”

 

Katelyn Castillo

David Cepeda, FCRH ’25

Major: Biological Sciences with a Pre-Health Track
Hometown: Bronx, NY

“The Founder’s Scholarship donors have genuinely changed my life. This scholarship will allow me to fulfill my dreams of becoming a doctor, and it motivates me to be a defining member of the Fordham community.”

 

David Cepeda

Benjamin Coco, FCRH ’23

Majors: English and Physics with a Concentration in Creative Writing
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“Every day I think about how unbelievably fortunate I am to be a Founder’s Scholarship recipient. I know that because of this scholarship I will be able to succeed in life, and I can’t wait to donate and continue the generosity that was extended to me.”

 

Benjamin Coco

Gabrielle da Rocha-Afodu, GABELLI ’24

Major: Global Business
Minor: Finance
Hometown: London, United Kingdom

“I think our donors have a hand in everything we accomplish at Fordham. Their presence encourages us as a community to continue to put effort into everything we do. Having access to the right facilities, services, and resources increases our desire to do better for both ourselves and our community.”

 

Gabrielle da Rocha-Afodu

Dillon Delatorre, GABELLI ’25

Major: Business Administration
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Bronx, NY

“Thank you so much for this great honor. The Founder’s Scholarship was an amazing surprise for me, and your support means the world to me and my fellow recipients. My experience as a student will surely be incredible due to your generosity.”

 

Dillon Delatorre

Jenna Dyer, FCLC ’23

Major: Anthropology
Minors: Arabic and Political Science
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

“As I move into studying for the LSATs and prepare to apply to law school, I look back at my time at Fordham with immense fondness, and I know I’ll miss it when I have to leave. Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to attend Fordham. I’m so grateful.”

 

Jenna Dyer

Lesley East, FCRH ’24

Major: Anthropology and International Studies
Minors: Peace and Justice Studies
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL

“I have a passion for social justice. I hope to take the tools that I have gained from my Jesuit education and apply them to helping others in the future. Fordham’s curriculum pushes you to not only be a better student, but to be a better student of the world.”

 

Lesley East

Sharissa Fernandes, GABELLI ’23

Major: Global Business
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Leonia, NJ

“Cura personalis helps me focus not only on academics but also on the holistic development of myself. Through your generosity, you have made an unparalleled academic experience available to me and other students. Thank you for believing in our abilities.”

 

Sharissa Fernandes

Ronan Fitzgerald, GABELLI ’24

Major: Public Accounting
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY

“The new campaign for the student experience will help each student grow academically and be successful. Donors should know that the Fordham student experience is only possible due to their extremely generous support. They have cared for individual students, who in turn pay it forward.”

 

Ronan Fitzgerald

Sydney Guine, FCLC ’24

Majors: Dance and Sociology
Hometown: Granada Hills, CA

“Receiving the Founder’s Scholarship has pushed me to be a model Fordham student and kept me striving for excellence. My dream is to join a professional contemporary dance company, but after retiring, I want to help bring arts education to children around the world.”

 

Sydney Guine

Hiba Haloui, GABELLI ’25

Major: Global Business with a Concentration in Global Finance and Business Economics
Hometown: Marrakech, Morocco

“I hope through my journey at Fordham I will be able to guide my fellow strong, independent women who have been marginalized in my country. Your support has motivated me into realizing every dream that I silenced due to fear. It is an honor to be a part of the Fordham family.”

 

Hiba Haloui

Jade Jager, FCRH ’25

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Bend, OR

“I chose Fordham because I felt welcomed and knew I would be guided and supported. The Founder’s Scholarship makes me more determined to excel educationally, emotionally, and socially. Thank you for helping to further my education. I am honored and extremely grateful for this generous scholarship.”

 

Jade Jager

Hugo Keith, FCRH ’23

Major: Comparative Literature
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Fairport, NY

“Academics are only part of the cura personalis approach that Fordham both promises and delivers. At Fordham, we are encouraged to truly become ourselves. A certain moral integrity is common to the faculty, staff, and students.”

 

Hugo Keith, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Maurice King, FCLC ’23

Major: New Media and Digital Design
Minor: Fashion Studies
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

“The Founder’s Scholarship allowed me to continue to study here. It means so much that Fordham continues to look for ways to give back to its students and support them. The Fordham family means community and a sense of togetherness, bound by cura personalis.”

 

Maurice King

Matthias Lee Poy-Paxman, GABELLI ’23

Major: Global Business
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Montreal, Canada

“I chose Fordham as it strongly builds upon my Jesuit high school education. At Fordham, I aim to keep building my character, my ability to self-reflect, and my global awareness. I believe these are the pillars for an individual who is committed to changing the world.”

 

Matthias Lee Poy-Paxman

Abigail Lo, FCLC ’23

George and Marie Doty Founder’s Scholar

Majors: Humanitarian Studies and Theatre—Performance Track
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

“I would not be able to study at Fordham without the Founder's Scholarship, so I am eternally grateful to everyone who has donated to make my education possible. Fordham is teaching me how to be a better advocate, a better collaborator, and just a better person.”

 

Abigail Lo

Grace Maietta, GABELLI ’24

Major: Marketing
Minors: Communication, Culture and Digital Technologies and Emerging Media
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL

“I am incredibly passionate about business that amplifies minority voices and promotes ethical and sustainable practices. My career goal is to advocate for other women in a firm that also encourages environmentally friendly business and diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

 

Grace Maietta

Wes Manginsay, FCLC ’24

Major: Economics with a Concentration in Business Economics
Hometown: Pasadena, CA

“Thank you so much for your contributions to the Founder’s Scholarship. They paved the path for me to be here, attending college in one of the greatest cities in the world. There is no end to the hopes I have because of the opportunity to study at Fordham.”

 

Wes Manginsay

Abigail Joy Nguyen, FCLC ’24

Majors: Dance and Psychology
Hometown: Oakland, CA

“I aspire to be a professional dancer as well as a movement therapist so I can help others find a source of communication, expression, and healing through dance. I hope to give back in any way I can so that my education can have a greater impact.”

 

 Abigail Joy Nguyen

Shirley Omari-Kwarteng, FCLC ’25

Major: Political Science with a Pre-Law Track and a Concentration in Business Law and Ethics

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

“At Fordham, I hope to discover myself in all aspects and to test the limits of my abilities as I prepare for my long journey in education. I also hope to get involved in peer communities in which we push each other to become the best versions of ourselves.”

 

 Shirley Omari-Kwarteng

Olivia Raymundo, GABELLI ’23

Major: Global Business
Minor: New Media and Digital Design
Hometown: Astoria, NY

“I am extremely grateful to be a first-generation American college student thanks to the Founder’s Scholarship. Fordham is much more than just a school, it is a place where I learn how to be a better student, better person, better friend.”

 

 Olivia Raymundo

Joshua Screen, FCLC ’24

Major: Theatre—Performance Track
Hometown: New York, NY

“I chose to attend Fordham because there was such a close community. As a student, I feel like there is a lot of care and kindness throughout the Fordham campus. I look forward to giving back and making Fordham and its donors proud.”

 

 Joshua Screen

Isaiah Shavers, FCLC ’25

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

“When I learned I had received the Founder’s Scholarship, it genuinely felt as though someone was lifting me up so I could stand up straighter at Fordham. Your support has lifted an immense weight off my and my family’s shoulders. Thank you for changing my life.”

 

 Isaiah Shavers

Rosie Sweeney, FCRH ’23

Major: Journalism with a Pre-Law Track
Hometown: Garden City, NY

“I feel a profound sense of appreciation for the Founder’s Scholarship donors. Their generosity allows a more diverse group of students to be members of the Fordham community. I would not be where I am today without the unwavering support of Fordham students, faculty, and staff.”

 

 Rosie Sweeney

Joshua Valdez, FCRH ’24

Major: Undecided
Hometown: Bronx, NY

“"Thank you, Founder’s Scholarship donors, for your support in allowing more students to be given the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious universities not only in New York, but in all of the United States.”

 

 Joshua Valdez

Samantha Wong, FCRH ’23

Major: Economics with a Pre-Law Track
Minors: Mandarin Chinese and Political Science
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

“Neither of my parents went to college, and they wanted me to be able to have all the opportunities I could. The Founder’s Scholarship donors made this dream a reality. Thank you for helping me achieve not only my dream but my family’s as well.”

 

 Samantha Wong