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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 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

Majors: Biological Sciences and Theology Religious Studies with a Concentration in Sacred Texts
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: Undecided
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 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.”

Jacob Brozon

Jacob Brozon, GABELLI ’23

Major: Finance
Hometown: Caldwell, NJ

“My family and I were ecstatic when we found out about the Founder’s Scholarship. It helped me realize that there are people who believe I can make a difference in this community. With that thought in mind, I will look to make the most of my four years here.”

Conner Chang, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Conner Chang, GABELLI ’22

Major: Business Administration
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Bethesda, MD

“Faith and hope are two words that I hold very dearly. Receiving this scholarship gave me the faith and hope in my journey toward success, for I wouldn’t be here at Fordham without it.”

Founder's scholar Matthiew Chen

Matthiew Chen, FCRH ’21

Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY

“A Fordham and Jesuit education fosters faith and hope by encouraging students to strive for excellence in all areas of life, and by caring for the whole person—mind, body, and soul. Also, the concept of ‘men and women for others’ allows me to envision a more just, humane world.”

Founder's scholar Cameron Chiulli

Cameron Chiulli, GABELLI ’21

Major: Finance with a Concentration in Global Business
Hometown: Lagrangeville, NY

“Being a man for others has become such an important idea in my life. 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.”

Benjamin Coco

Benjamin Coco, FCRH ’23

Major: Physics
Minor: Creative Writing
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“From my first moment on campus, something told me this was where I wanted to spend my college years. This was home. I hope to publish a couple of novels while at Fordham and leave knowing I made the best of my time here without regrets.”

Jonathan Cruz

Jonathan Cruz, FCLC ’23

Major: Natural Science
Hometown: Highland Falls, NY

“The Founder’s Scholarship has given me renewed confidence that I made the right choice in coming to Fordham. I feel a responsibility to capitalize on this opportunity and get involved in the Fordham community, and aspire to learn more every day.”

Uziel Dominguez Carrera

Uziel Dominguez Carrera, FCRH ’22

Major: Engineering 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.”

Jenna Dyer

Jenna Dyer, FCLC ’23

Major: International Studies
Minor: Arabic
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

“Your generosity has powered my future and made my goals achievable. I will forever be grateful to be a recipient of the Founder’s Scholarship, and everything I achieve in the future will have been because of it!”

Sharissa Fernandes

Sharissa Fernandes, GABELLI ’23

Major: Global Business
Minors: Computer Science and Finance
Hometown: Leonia, NJ

“The Founder’s Scholarship has strengthened my confidence in Fordham and its values. It is extremely important for me to have Fordham’s faith behind me, as it motivates me to achieve more and go the extra mile so as to be worthy of this scholarship.”

Kristen Harb, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Kristen Harb, GABELLI ’21

Major: Global Business with a Concentration in Global Finance and Business Economics
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.”

Founder's scholar Saeef Hossain

Saeef Hossain, FCRH ’22

Major: Psychology
Minor: French Language and Literature
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 support 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.”

Tauland Kaca

Tauland Kaca, FCLC ’21

Majors: Humanitarian Studies and International Studies
Minor: French Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“Fordham has allowed me to experience and learn things I couldn’t have otherwise. It is important that people be able to attend college and gain a greater understanding of the world even if they cannot afford it. If I can, I would like to continue to donate to Fordham to make this a reality.”

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.”

Matthias Lee Poy Paxman

Matthias Lee Poy-Paxman, GABELLI ’23

Major: Global Business
Minor: German
Hometown: Montreal, Canada

“This scholarship is a constant reminder of the value of hard work and reinforces my motivation to spend my time at Fordham fostering who I will become for the rest of my life. I am forever indebted to the kind hearts and minds that made this all possible for me.”

Abigail Lo

Abigail Lo, FCLC ’23

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

“A main reason I chose Fordham is the Jesuit principle of cura personalis. I truly appreciate how Fordham cares for the whole person. I hope that by graduation I’ll be closer to becoming the best version of myself. Thank you for helping me find my second home.”

Marla Louissaint

Marla Louissaint, FCRH ’20

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: New York, NY

“I hope to give unwavering support to the young, ambitious women like myself who know their full potential but just need a nudge or a mentor to help them get where they want to be. That’s how I have gotten to where I am, and I have a duty to pay it forward!”

Brendan McErlaine, Fordham Founder's Undergraduate Scholarship recipient.

Brendan McErlaine, FCLC ’22

Major: Interdisciplinary Math and 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 with a Concentration in Strategic Branding
Hometown: Upper Saddle River, NJ

“My reaction to receiving the Founder’s Scholarship was pure gratitude. I was so thankful to learn that Fordham was here to support my dreams, and I want to be able to give back to the Fordham community like many before. I hope to help others follow their dreams as well.”

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.”

Stephanie Polakowski

Stephanie Polakowski, GABELLI ’22

Major: Global Business
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Dearborn, MI

“Upon receiving the news regarding the Founder’s Scholarship, I immediately called my parents. This scholarship truly reassured me that my decision to attend Fordham and become a member of the Fordham community was the right one.”

Olivia Raymundo

Olivia Raymundo, GABELLI ’23

Major: Global Business
Minor: Fashion Studies
Hometown: Astoria, NY

“I am so pleased to have received the Founder’s Scholarship and extremely grateful for what I have experienced at Fordham. Thank you for allowing me to continue my education in the best city in the world while also deepening my values and improving my faith.”

Laura Reno

Laura Reno, FCRH ’21

George and Marie Doty Founder's Scholar
Major: Integrative Neuroscience with a Concentration in Systems and Computational Neuroscience
Minors: 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 with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience and a Pre-Health Track
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

Majors: International Studies and Political Science
Minor: Philosophy
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: Applied Accounting and Finance
Hometown: Port Matilda, PA

“At Fordham, I have learned to have faith not only in God but also in those around me. Because of Fordham and the Founder’s Scholarship donors, I have faith that I will receive unconditional love and support from my friends, and that I will always be part of the Fordham community.”

Rosie Sweeney

Rosie Sweeney, FCRH ’23

Major: Journalism
Minor: Film and Television
Hometown: Garden City, NY

“I love everything New York City has to offer. It has always been my dream to intern or work in a television studio, and I know I can accomplish that during my time at Fordham. I'm especially looking forward to getting involved at WFUV.”

Yasmin Talbi

Yasmin Talbi, FCLC ’23

Majors: Philosophy and Political Science
Minor: French Studies
Hometown: Houston, TX

“The Founder’s Scholarship has given me hope that I will be able to truly find myself and learn exactly what I want to do in life. In the future, I hope to be able to bring to someone the joy that the Founder’s Scholarship brought me.”

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.”

Sydney Veazie

Sydney Veazie, FCRH ’22

Majors: Classical Civilization and International Political Economy
Minor: Bioethics
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.”

David Wilson

David Wilson, FCLC ’21

Major: Theatre—Performance Track
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

“The Founder’s Scholarship strengthened my belief that Fordham is fully invested in students’ success. I feel truly honored to be part of such a wonderful community in which everyone supports one another so that we may become the next generation of leaders in our fields.”

Samantha Wong

Samantha Wong, FCRH ’23

Major: Economics with a Pre-Law Track
Minor: Mandarin Chinese
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

“Truly, I would like to thank the Founder’s Scholarship donors for giving financial support and for having this faith in me. This scholarship is something that allows me to spend my time and energy on the Jesuit mission, empowering both the individual and my community.”