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Student Employees Awarded $2,500 in Scholarship Funds From FSA

STONY BROOK, NY, February 11, 2016 -  Hard work does pay off. The Faculty Student Association (FSA) at Stony Brook University established a $2,500 scholarship fund that recognizes outstanding student employees who excel in the workplace and have gained transferable skills for their future careers.  The first of its kind, this FSA scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary leadership abilities, exceptional service to their peers and great work ethic.

Five student employees were selected as recipients, each receiving $500. Each student was evaluated on their achievements in the workplace, how they explained how the skills they learned would be transferrable to a future career and their plans for after they graduate.
Recipients include:

  • Terrence Martin ’15, Business Management major
  • Alaina Ingram ’16, Social Work major
  • Shannon Sunny ’16, Sociology major
  • Christofer Paolillo ’17, Mechanical Engineering major
  • Emily Conyers ’18, Sociology major

“Congratulations to the scholarship recipients for being recognized for their hard work and dedication, and for their commitment to helping FSA achieve its ongoing mission to enhance campus life for students,” said Dawn Villacci, FSA’s Assistant Director of Marketing.
The scholarship idea originated from a group of FSA student employees who worked as interns during summer 2015. These students were charged with developing ways to increase student employee retention. To do so, the interns reviewed previous FSA employee satisfaction surveys, conducted in-depth interviews with current student employees to learn about their workplace concerns and distributed a new survey to student employees. The survey revealed that most students would like to be recognized for their achievements through financial assistance.
Hear from the Scholarship Recipients 
“Each experience allowed me to hone in on important skills – such as time management, teamwork and the ability to be proactive and creative,” said Sunny. “FSA cares about its student employees. All of us scholarship recipients are proof of that.”
Sunny also noted that FSA helps to develop and grow their student employees’ abilities by offering internship panels and mentors them to help them in their future careers.
Conyers said she was happy to be rewarded for putting in the hard work. “Working for FSA was more than worth it and I would recommend other students to pursue FSA opportunities in the future,” she said.

How to Apply

The scholarships occur every semester and are exclusive to FSA and Campus Dining student employees. Scholarship applicants are evaluated on their achievements in the workplace, how they explain how the skills they learn are transferrable to a future career and their plans for after they graduate.
To qualify, students must be currently working within FSA for a minimum of two semesters while working at least 10 hours a week during each semester, must demonstrate professionalism and positivity and must be a diligent worker and team player in the workplace. A written personal statement and a recommendation letter from their manager is also required.
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About the Faculty Student Association
The Stony Brook Faculty Student Association is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit corporation which oversees and operates approximately $60 million of auxiliary services for Stony Brook University.  Its Board of Directors is composed of members of the campus community, who are appointed by the respective student, faculty and administrative governance constituencies.  FSA’s primary objective is to provide high quality, customer oriented services that best support the mission of the University.  FSA operates with no State support and is responsible for generating revenues to support its services, fund major capital improvements, and contribute to the educational, health care, and outreach missions of the University. Over the past five years, FSA has provided funding for over $15 million in capital improvements, mostly in dining hall renovations, $4 million in University program support, $3.5 million in student employment, and $600,000 in student scholarships.

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