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Founder's Scholars

The Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate men and women 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.

Founder's scholar Daniel Baboolal

Daniel Baboolal, FCRH ’21

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Theology Religious Studies
Hometown: Glen Cove, NY

“To me, the Jesuit principle of magis, or 'more,' means I should always strive to be the best I can be. I will live by this principle during my time at Fordham and carry that into my life after graduation.”

Rianna Belaire

Rianna Belaire, FCLC ’22

Major: New Media and Digital Design
Minor: Business Administration and Fashion Studies
Hometown: Issaquah, WA

“My Fordham experience has challenged me to strive for excellence across my life as I began balancing schoolwork, clubs, an internship, a part-time job, and creative pursuits. Fordham’s embrace of excellence empowers me to be educated in as many ways as possible.”

Founder's scholar Matthew Bilodeau

Matthew Bilodeau, FCLC ’21

Major: Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Economics; French
Hometown: Long Beach, CA

“To me, Fordham’s mission to educate leaders who are competent, compassionate, and deeply informed by the Catholic and Jesuit traditions means that I have an obligation to carry the lessons I learn at Fordham with me throughout my life and use them to help others in any way I can.”

Briana Boland

Briana Boland, FCLC ’19

Major: International Studies
Minor: Mandarin Chinese and Economics
Hometown: Carbondale, CO

“The Founder’s Scholarship has changed my life. Funding a scholarship is akin to making an investment in a young life; through engagement with the holistic Jesuit education offered at Fordham, the future of each scholar is immeasurably expanded.”

Founder's scholar Ryan Boloix

Ryan Boloix, FCLC ’22

Major: Theatre - Performance Track
Hometown: Rockingham, VA

“To me, to be curious and have strength of spirit means having an inner mission that both feeds you and demands to be fed; curiosity is kinetic, and when it’s focused to aid the spirit, it keeps things moving forward.”

Conner Chang, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Conner Chang, GABELLI ’22

Major: Business Administration with Concentration in Marketing
Hometown: Bethesda, MD

“The Fordham Founder’s Scholarship truly allows me to reach my full potential, and I could not be more thankful. Your continued support today will help create curious and driven leaders for tomorrow.”

Founder's scholar Matthiew Chen

Matthiew Chen, FCRH ’21

Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY

“My Fordham experience has opened me to a diversity of people and increased my awareness of social issues in America and the world. Thus, I will go out into the world as a doctor providing care for underserved communities and fighting to reduce inequalities and disparities.”

Founder's scholar Cameron Chiulli

Cameron Chiulli, GABELLI ’21

Major: Finance with Secondary Concentration in Alternative Investments 
Minor: Mandarin Chinese
Hometown: Lagrangeville, NY

“Being a man for others has become such an important idea in my life and something I feel is very important. Going out into the world with this unique Catholic, Jesuit education, I will feel obligated to help those in need as so many have helped me.”

Kaci-Ann Crawford

Kaci-Ann Crawford, GABELLI ’20

Major: Accounting Information Systems
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“Your generosity allows deserving students to receive a high-quality education and enriching experience at Fordham University. Your gifts are genuinely appreciated, and we do not take them for granted. Because of you, another student is receiving a fantastic opportunity.”

Devin D’Agostino

Devin D’Agostino, FCRH ’20

Major: Integrative Neuroscience
Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Remsenburg, NY

“The Founder’s Scholarship gave me the opportunity to discover so much about myself and the wider world. While I’m not innately religious, I’ve been able to attend multiple religious services since arriving at Fordham. Shared faith brings community and kindness that everyone on campus can appreciate, regardless of background.”

Uziel Dominguez Carrera

Uziel Dominguez Carrera, FCRH ’22

Major: Physics
Hometown: New York, NY

“A Jesuit education creates men and women for others, and this mission is always in the back of my mind. With the great education we will receive, along with compassion and competence, this Jesuit way of teaching will help us fulfill the true definition of a leader.”

Shannon Ducey

Shannon Ducey, FCRH ’20

Major: English and Spanish Studies
Hometown: Ridgefield, CT

“I am so grateful to the donors who made my education possible. It was not only my own hard work that got me here, but also the hard work of others who gave back. I hope one day I can help another student receive the education he or she deserves.”

Founder's scholar Franco Giacomarra

Francesco Giacomarra, FCLC ’19

Major: Theatre - Playwriting Track
Minor: Music
Hometown: North Wales, PA

“The financial aid campaign reinforces my faith in Fordham because it shows the University and our donors will go to every possible length for students, and to ensure a diverse student body. At Fordham, I have learned I should aim to be not only a great theater artist but also a great citizen, above all.”

Thomas Goddard

Thomas Goddard, GABELLI ’20

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Rutland, MA

“Fordham has taught me so much about myself and about the world; I have learned that achieving success and giving back go hand in hand. None of this would have been possible without Fordham’s generous donors, and I hope to follow their example someday.”

Sarah Grandinetti

Sarah Grandinetti, FCLC ’20

Major: Mathematics
Minor: Russian
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ

“Fordham makes an incredible effort to expose students to the world and its happenings, and that awareness has become part of my worldview. You don’t just go to Fordham for the diploma; you go to become a learned and well-rounded individual who seeks to do good in the world.”

Founder's scholar Miles Gutierrez Riley

Miles Gutierrez-Riley, FCLC ’20

Major: Theatre - Performance Track
Hometown: Paramount, CA

“To me, giving back means investing in the future of young leaders and encouraging growth. Fordham insists on continued expansion of the mind and spirit, and I value opportunities to welcome younger students and promote their curiosity and growth as artists.”

Kristen Harb, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Kristen Harb, GABELLI ’21

Major: Global Business with Concentrations in Finance and Digital Media and Technology
Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA

“In all my endeavors at Fordham and beyond, I feel motivated to exceed expectations because of your commitment to Fordham’s mission and passion for the education of curious students like myself. I hope that one day I can support the dreams of a student as you have mine.”

Julia Heller, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Julia Heller, FCLC ’19

Major: Dance 
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Lincoln, MA

“I am endlessly grateful for the Founder’s Scholarship. With your generosity and investment, I can wake up every morning and do what I love every day and work towards my dreams. I hope that my dedication proves your support to be well placed.”

Angelica Herrera

Angélica Herrera, FCLC ’20

Major: Theatre - Performance Track
Hometown: Lauderhill, FL

“Fordham places value on educating not only intelligent students, but also socially aware and giving people. Fordham’s education is compassionate and community oriented to ensure the best for our futures.”

Founder's scholar Saeef Hossain

Saeef Hossain, FCRH ’22

Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Rego Park, NY

“I believe scholarships can change a person’s life forever, especially if that person has drive and passion for success but not enough resources. I am privileged to receive this award, which has motivated me academically and vastly facilitated my progress toward my dream and future career.”

Founder's scholar Sarah James

Sarah James, FCRH ’21

Major: Communication and Culture
Minor: Disability Studies
Hometown: Huntington Station, NY

“To be a student at Fordham means so much more than academic achievement. It means being a student of a great culture and tradition. Your donation helps you change your world in a positive way that not only benefits a deserving student but everyone. Thank you.”

Aitana Jordan, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Aitana Jordan, FCLC ’21

Major: Dance with a Pre-Health Track
Hometown: Long Beach, CA

“Dancing professionally has always been my goal, but I have never taken the importance of my education for granted. For me, Fordham is the best of both worlds because of the world-renowned Ailey/Fordham BFA in dance program, which fosters both my artistic and intellectual development.”

Hugo Keith, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Hugo Keith, FCRH ’22

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Fairport, NY

“Your support will help me and many others become educated in a way that future leaders ought to be. We will be forced out of conventional morality to form our own consciences and codes of ethics and prepare to take up the battle for justice, wherever we may go.”

Aime Ko

Amie Ko, GABELLI ’19

Major: Public Accountancy
Hometown: Edison, NJ

“The generosity of the donors is so impactful for recipients and is really a rewarding way to give back to the Fordham community. To support the Founder’s Scholarship is to foster the learning and growth of students who will contribute great things to our world and society.”

Eileen Lin

Eileen Lin, GABELLI ’19

Major: Business Administration with Concentrations in Marketing and Global Business
Minor: New Media and Digital Design
Hometown: Bordentown, NJ

“I want to thank all the donors for supporting Founder’s Scholars. Every student has so much potential within them but may oftentimes be hindered by external forces. Among the students being helped are a future doctor, social entrepreneur, writer, journalist, politician, and so much more.”

Founder's scholar Marla Louissaint

Marla Louissaint, FCRH ’20

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: New York, NY

“To give back is to share in others’ growth in the hopes of them getting closer to achieving their goals or realizing they can have goals and be successful at all! Fordham has challenged me to make positive change within myself in order to change the world around me.”

Brendan McErlaine, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Brendan McErlaine, FCLC ’22

Major: Political Science
Minor: Economics
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“As someone who comes from a working-class Brooklyn family, the only way I can attend Fordham is through private donations. Your philanthropy allows those who are less privileged to achieve the goal of social mobility in our lives.”

Founder's scholar Caitlin McMichael

Caitlin McMichael, GABELLI ’21

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Upper Saddle River, NJ

“To me, giving back is doing everything I can to make others happy. Fordham has allowed me to grow as a person to help others who are not as privileged. In the working world, I hope to be in a position to give back to those who need it.”

Katie Moore-Gillon, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Katie Moore-Gillon, FCRH ’19

Major: Journalism
Minor: New Media and Digital Design
Hometown: Madison, NJ

“Without the Founder’s Scholarship, I wouldn’t have had the wonderful years at Fordham that I am so grateful for. Fordham is a community that empowers students to advocate for themselves and lift others up. The opportunity to be a Fordham student is truly the gift of a lifetime.”

Nicholas Ng, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Nicholas Ng, GABELLI ’22

Major: Finance
Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Jericho, NY

“There are many ambitious, determined students out there who may not have gotten the opportunity they need. The Founder’s Scholarship gave me the chance to pursue my actual passion, and it is a great thing to be a part of such a great program.”

Nicholas Perrotti, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Nicholas Perrotti, FCRH ’19

Major: Anthropology
Hometown: New York, NY

“Fordham has shaped me by emphasizing the values of empathy, social service, and care for the whole person and for others. I will continue to live my life by these values, and I look forward to helping future students learn their value at Fordham as I did.”

Laura Rathjen

Laura Rathjen, GABELLI ’20

Major: Finance
Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY

“Fordham has taught me to find my voice in leadership through empathy and encouragement. I have been able to learn extensively about myself and how I can forge relationships to better the circumstances of others around me. I am truly grateful for this.”

Laura Reno, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Laura Reno, FCRH ’21

George and Marie Doty Founder's Scholar
Major: Integrative Neuroscience
Minor: Psychology and American Catholic Studies Honors Concentration
Hometown: Milford, PA

“To give back is to act selflessly for a community’s betterment. Fordham has given me the opportunity to be more understanding of different backgrounds, making me all the more passionate about making the world a better place.”

Jesira Rodriguez, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Jesira Rodriguez, FCLC ’22

Major: Integrative Neuroscience
Hometown: Tamarac, FL

“Fordham has taught me to push beyond what was previously thought possible. Jesuit education upholds the idea of perseverance, the idea that we are more than we ever thought we could be. By means of Jesuit education, Fordham produces pioneers of the future.”

Stevie Rosignol-Cortez,  Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Stevie Rosignol-Cortez, FCLC ’21

Major: Political Science and International Studies
Hometown: Harlingen, TX

“In supporting Fordham students’ education, you’re giving them the opportunity to become well rounded, intelligent, responsible, and strong. As a recipient of the Founder’s Scholarship, I urge you to reflect on the holistic experience you give students with your contributions. It means the world and more.”

Founder's scholar Jacob Rovansek

Jacob Rovansek, GABELLI ’21

Major: Finance
Hometown: Port Matilda, PA

“In my life at Fordham, I am constantly growing as a leader by forming meaningful and empathetic relationships with my peers. By understanding those around me and learning what makes them unique, I can make more insightful decisions that positively impact those around me.”

Jack Salkowsky

Jack Salkowsky, GABELLI ’20

Major: Global Business
Hometown: Massapequa Park, NY

“The Jesuit idea of magis, or “more,” has definitely impacted my experience at Fordham. Fordham encourages students to live fully—to learn to the highest degree, to love our fellow Rams, to pursue our passions. This idea will be something that stays with me throughout life.”

Tamilla Tariverdieva

Tamilla Tariverdieva, FCRH ’20

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Staten Island, NY

“The Founder’s Scholarship has given me an incredible experience at the college of my dreams. Fordham has enabled me to challenge myself through courses I wouldn’t have imagined pursuing, and the University has opened many spiritual doors for me. I could not be more grateful.”

Kayla Thomas, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Kayla Thomas, FCLC ’22

Major: Dance
Hometown: Cleveland, OH

“Your support changes lives. There is no other way to say it. You are supporting students—future artists, doctors, elected leaders—who have Fordham values ingrained in their hearts and minds. So in changing our lives, you are potentially changing the world.”

Shawn Tuffy

Shawn Tuffy, GABELLI ’20

Major: Finance
Hometown: Eynon, PA

“I attended a Jesuit high school, so Jesuit values have always been part of my value system. Fordham creates an environment where students genuinely want to do good in the world. And that has shaped not only the way I attend college, but also the way I live my life.”

Sydney Veazie

Sydney Veazie, FCRH ’22

Major: International Political Economy
Minor: Classical Civilization
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

“It is so affirming to live in a community that rewards curiosity and engaging with course material on a deeper level. At Fordham, we’re encouraged to have conversations with instructors that go beyond grades or the syllabus. I am fortunate that my community holds such values.”

Haley Williams

Haley Williams, FCLC ’20

Major: Dance and Theology Religious Studies
Hometown: Sandy Hook, CT

“I have received so much kindness and care at Fordham, and to give back means being grateful for others’ generosity and passing it forward. At Fordham, I've become more present and engaged, and I’m encouraged that I can be a pioneer of change.”

Matthew Wilson, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Matthew Wilson, GABELLI ’22

Major: Undecided
Hometown: Wayne, PA

“To me, magis means being able to help and support others who may not be able to help themselves. I hope to use my resources and knowledge gained at Fordham to make a greater impact on the world through motivation to help others.”

Jake Windoloski, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Jake Windoloski, GABELLI ’19

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Wilbraham, MA

“At Fordham, I have been challenged again and again to strive for more, whether through a group project, an essay, or simply through interacting with others. As Fordham students, we want to be kinder, more giving, more challenged, and more aware of ourselves and the world.”