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Izzy Hong ’22: the road to success

“I have really enjoyed the training, internship and networking opportunities Syracuse has given me,” says Isabelle “Izzy” Hong ’22, advertising major and entrepreneur.

Isabelle “Izzy” Hong ’22 is a creative entrepreneur who launched an online jewelry store in 2021 and quickly discovered that she loved advertising. “I love media strategy mixed with creativity,” she says. She used what she learned in her classes at SI Newhouse School of Public Communications to grow her business, merging advertising with social media marketing and branding.

Hong received a scholarship to support his academic endeavors. She says scholarships aren’t just about donations, they’re about creating opportunity. “Scholarships make Syracuse a more diverse and wealthy place. Donating to a scholarship that can directly support someone who may not have the same outlook as someone else is really powerful.

As a member of the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council, Hong shares her appreciation for the many opportunities Syracuse has given her to connect directly with alumni. “I joined the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council because I really enjoyed the training, internship and networking opportunities Syracuse gave me.”

Scholarships make Syracuse a more diverse and wealthy place. Donating to a scholarship that can directly support someone who may not have the same outlook as someone else is really powerful.

—Izzy Hong ’22

Hong’s goal is to work in media planning after graduation, and she has amassed some impressive experiences to help her with her ambitions, including an internship at New York Post social media hub. She is also the Media Director of the Syracuse team for the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Contest. “I’m learning from my involvement and also gaining a ton of great experience.”

MaryKate Krege ’22: Designing a Future

Growing up in the Albany area, MaryKate Krege ’22 saw several of her cousins ​​attend Syracuse University and it seemed like she was destined to attend Syracuse as well. “My first Halloween costume was a Syracuse University cheerleader,” she says.

Mary Kate Krege '22 writes.

School of Architecture graduate MaryKate Krege ’22 says her college experience was enriched by the scholarships she received, including the Connie Caldwell Summer Internship Award, which helped pay for her his summer internship costs.

Now, Krege is finishing her final weeks as an undergraduate in architecture school and will move to New York after graduation to work for Gensler, an architecture firm with 50 offices worldwide. . She credits the strength of the school’s undergraduate program and Syracuse’s extensive alumni network for its opportunities. “I was able to develop quite close relationships with some alumni and get some real mentorship,” Krege says.

Her academic experience has been enriched by the scholarships she has received, including the Connie Caldwell Summer Internship Award, a donation made by the deGraffenried Foundation to help defray her summer internship costs. She says the scholarships have allowed her to pursue her studies with less stress related to financing her studies.

The scholarships I have received have meant more to me than just financial support. It’s about the feeling of being connected with the University.

—Mary Kate Krege ’22

Also significant for Krege was being named a Memorial Scholar, which honors the 35 students who were killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. It is one of the highest awards a Syracuse University student can receive. “Being a Remembrance Scholar taught me to be more present,” she says.

For the past four years, Krege has worked for Telefund, the telephone arm of the Fund for Syracuse. It’s a fun experience for Krege because she can connect with oldies of all ages. It also opened his eyes to why alumni give back to the University. “The scholarships I received mean more to me than just financial support. It’s about the feeling of being connected with the University,” she says.

Ben Piers ’22: capturing his vision

You will usually find Ben Piers ’22 with a camera in hand. The College of Visual and Performing Arts video art major enjoys making documentaries and hopes to work for a production company after graduation. “I love the work behind the scenes.”

Ben Piers sitting at his desk with camera.

Ben Piers ’22, an art video specialist and Syracuse University library worker, was awarded a student scholarship and says the scholarships provide relief to students and their families.

Piers recently received a student employee scholarship from Syracuse University Libraries, where he has worked for three years, and he has seen the importance of scholarships to others as well. “Receiving scholarships from your university is like a weight on your shoulders,” says Piers. “That means you can fully focus on academics. Donors help ease the stress for students and parents when it comes to funding your future. Donor donations make higher education accessible.

Fashion photography is also a passion of Piers. He took a fashion video course at the Newhouse School and works for Jerk Magazine, a student-run general interest magazine at Syracuse University. As a transfer student, Piers was determined to take advantage of every opportunity and gain as much experience as possible at Syracuse. This included becoming a guidance leader, working for Syracuse University Libraries, and interning for American High, a Syracuse-based production company. He also honed his creative skills as a member of First Year Players, a student-run musical theater organization. Whether behind the camera or on stage, Piers is ready for action.

Receiving scholarships from your university is like a weight on your shoulders. This means that you can fully concentrate on academics.

—Ben Piers ’22

Tia Thevenin ’18, L’23: Pushing the boundaries

For Tia Thevenin ’18, L’23, giving back to Syracuse University is imperative. “It’s an obligation I feel towards myself.”

Tia Thevenin '18.

Tia Thevenin ’18, L’23 received a full undergraduate academic athletic scholarship. The dual JD/MBA student says scholarships transform lives.

Thevenin, currently in her second year of law school, ran for the track team as an undergraduate at Syracuse after receiving a full academic track scholarship. “The scholarship allowed me to think freely, be more flexible, experience more things and take more risks,” says Thevenin, who earned a bachelor of science in psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences. .

As a scholarship recipient, Thevenin is grateful to those whose donations made her experiences at Syracuse University possible. “Scholarships allow students to maximize experiences in the classroom and beyond. They end up transforming lives. What students can do is limitless when they have support. She says the donors are some of the most selfless people she has ever met. “Donors just want to see students thrive. I don’t think there is anything more altruistic than that.

Scholarships allow students to maximize experiences in the classroom and beyond and ultimately transform our lives. What students can do is limitless when they have support.

—Tia Thevenin ’18, L’23

Originally from Canada, Thevenin plans to practice corporate law in New York after graduating next year. A double JD/MBA student, Thevenin is also working towards obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. She says more than anything, her career as an athlete has prepared her for classes in both rigorous programs. “Being ready to take on challenges and push your mind to new heights are lessons I’ve learned from my running track.”

David Williams ’22: Powerful Connections

Portrait of David Williams '22.

Remembrance Scholar and policy student David Williams, 22, who begins his work as a strategy consultant at IBM after graduating, says the Remembrance Fellowship has allowed him to connect with the University and with other students through the service.

David Williams ’22, a political studies major at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, came to Syracuse University to pursue a pre-med track. A hard-hitting conversation with political studies professor Bill Coplin changed his trajectory. After graduation, Williams will begin her role as a strategy consultant at IBM.

He gained significant experience when he interned with Kelsey in May 2017 in the City of Syracuse’s Digital Services Department and made other important connections through his participation in the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council. He says his participation made him feel connected to the university community and other students through service.

This bond was reinforced by his experience as a Remembrance seeker. “Commemoration allows us to celebrate stories to build connection and a sense of belonging on campus,” says Williams. “It’s important to recognize the uniqueness each of us brings to the community while we’re here.”

Giving is an opportunity to show others that there are no limits to what you can accomplish at Syracuse University – the only thing that can limit you is yourself.

—David Williams ’22

Williams, who received both an Invest in SUccess scholarship and a scholarship to fund her thesis work, says it’s important to give back through scholarships. “Giving reminds us of our roots and also allows us to root for someone else on a similar path,” he says. “Giving is an opportunity to show others that there are no limits to what you can achieve at Syracuse University – the only thing that can limit you is yourself.”

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