Meet the 2016 Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship Awardees!

Congrats to the awardees of the Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship!

Every year, the NYC Chapter is honored to award scholarships to incoming Penn State freshmen from the NYC area. This year we are extremely excited to annouce that we have awarded scholarships to Lauren Dempsey, Emma Capichioni, and Ariana Rosa! These three amazing young women who, like the namesake of our endowed Michael D. Ferugio scholarship, represent the ideals of Penn State proudly and honorably. Learn more about the Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship here and donate to our scholarship fund here. Please join the NYC Chapter in wishing these young ladies good luck at Penn State!

  • lauren Lauren Dempsey

    Lauren is an incoming Penn State freshman from Rye, NY majoring in advertising and public relations. When choosing a college, she had heard from family and family friends who are Penn State alums how great our university is. After attending the Spend-A-Day at Penn State and a football game, Lauren was sure that being surrounded by the incredible spirit of Penn State was where she wanted to be! She plans to participate in multiple activities while at Penn State, including intramural sports and clubs that support and assist the armed forces. Although she’s excited about all the new people and experiences that await her while at college, Lauren is most excited about being a part of THON and even plans to donate her hair at THON!

    What does being a Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship awardee mean to you?

    “I am extremely honored to receive this award in honor of Michael D. Ferugio. I feel that my involvement in my community helped me win this award and I am very much looking forward to continuing to give to others by getting involved in the Penn State community. I want to uphold Michael's commitment to "success with honor". I am proud to be a member of the Penn State community and will do my best to be a worthy recipient of this award.” -Lauren

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    Emma Capichioni

    Growing up a Penn Stater, Emma knew that PSU was the right university for her after participating in a campus tour. An incoming freshman from Westchester County, she plans to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Emma plans to participate in intramural sports and is also considering joining the Penn State Animal Volunteers Club. She also plans to conduct undergraduate research at one of the labs at Penn State. Emma can’t wait to attend football games this fall and finally get to experience the exciting environment and tailgating traditions that her family and friends have told her about for years!
    What does being a Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship awardee mean to you?
    “I believe that being a Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship awardee has opened the door for me to start my journey in building connections through the Penn State family. Receiving this award means that I have been seen as a student that embodies at least some of the characteristics of Michael D. Ferugio and that I have the ability to amount to become an impacting Penn Stater as Mr. Ferugio.” -Emma

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    Ariana Rosa
    Ariana hails from the Bronx and will be majoring in Broadcast Journalism at Penn State Hazleton. With her future career in mind, she chose to attend Penn State because of its strong reputation for her major. Penn State was also the only college that made her feel at home! Ariana plans to focus on her academics first before getting involved in campus clubs and activities, but strives to make an impact on campus while at Penn State.  She’s also super excited to attend the football and volleyball games at Penn State so that she can be a part of the amazing spirit and excitement surrounding the games!
    How does being a Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship awardee help you?
    “Being a Michael D. Ferugio Scholarship awardee helps me understand that with great effort, I can accomplish anything. I had put in a lot of effort into the scholarship essay and won, which is very shocking, yet relieving for me.” -Ariana