For the next two years, CAHNR will be helping pave the way for some undergraduates’ futures with a new scholarship initiative called Difference Makers, which will award a total of $150,000 to fifteen student scholars pursuing majors in the College.
This noteworthy scholarship will provide each recipient with $10,000 for one year toward the cost of their education. The scholarship is for rising CAHNR seniors who have financial need and who have made considerable academic and co-curricular achievements at UConn. Eight students have been selected to receive the Difference Makers scholarships during the 2015-16 year and seven are expected to receive them during 2016-17.The eight student recipients selected this year come from six departments in the College. They are Dominique Dimaria (Allied Health Sciences), Kimberly Grendzinski and Olivia Korte (Animal Science), Carl Underwood (Kinesiology), Bailey McNichol (Natural Resources and the Environment), Kacey Hale (Nutritional Sciences), and Diana Corjuc and Monica Ambrozej (Pathobiology and Veterinary Science).
The Difference Makers scholarship program was made possible in December 2014 when the UConn Foundation received an anonymous donation of $150,491.53 for the purpose of supporting CAHNR students in pursuing and completing their education. The School of Pharmacy and the Foundation also received $150,000 gifts from the same anonymous donor. The scholarship was developed shortly after receipt of the gift by Cameron Faustman, associate dean for academic programs; Gregory Weidemann, dean of the College, and Amy Chesmer, the College’s liaision to the UConn Foundation.