Announcement of TWO CUNY BA Truman Scholars and TWO CUNY BA Fulbright Recipients! Other Recent Student/Alumni Achievements as well!

Truman Scholars:

Gareth Rhodes (Political Economy / Public Policy) and Ayodele Oti (International Environmental Public Health / Human Ecology) have each been named Harry S. Truman Scholars.  They are both City College students. The Truman Scholarship is a very competitive national scholarship awarded to 60 college juniors each year from a pool of over 600 applicants.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship’s mission is:

  • to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and
  • to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.


Julia Szendro (Social Reform /Criminal Reform) B.A. Candidate for June 2011, has been named a Fulbright Fellow; Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world.  Szendro’s Fulbright will take her to Hungary in the fall, where she will continue the studies she started as an undergrad.  Szendro’s home college is John Jay.

Easter Wood (The African Diaspora in the Americas) B.A. Sept 2008, has received the highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Grant, which will fund her doctoral dissertation work to be done in Nigeria; Wood is a Ph.D. candidate in African Studies and Religion at Harvard University.

Other Achievement News:

Tenann Bell (Art History), B.A. Candidate for June 2011, has been accepted for the Master’s degree at the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture.  Bell, who hopes to continue on to the Ph.D., told us “Bard is a great program, and because it is similar to an Art History program but broader, I will be able to tailor my studies to my interests, much like I did in CUNY BA!”

Alvaro de Prat (Ethics for a Plural World /Latin American History) has been named a Kaye Scholar for the Humanities and the Arts at City College. The Kaye Scholars Program offers qualified Humanities & Arts Majors stipends equal to full in-state tuition for up to eight semesters, a faculty mentor, and participation in the community of fellow scholars.

Shannon Foreshee (Foundations of Art Therapy), B.A. Jan 2011, has been accepted by all three schools graduate schools to which he applied: The School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, and New York University, for the Masters in Art Therapy Program.  He will attend NYU.

Charlesworth Mabheka (Global Public Health Policy / International Relations) has been selected to participate in The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (  The Washington Center is the largest academic internship program in the country and in the world. His home college is City.

Michael Prettyman (Religion / Writing) has won Hunter College’s Tessie Scharps Prize in writing, a $4,000 award, for his essay on learning death meditation while hiking in the Himalayas during his Study Abroad experience (paid for in part by the International Study Abroad Scholarship he received from CUNY BA).

Therese Savery-Connors (Food Service Administration for Disaster Relief) has been accepted to the NYU/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine Health Career Opportunity Program Summer 2011.  Her home college is the College of Staten Island.

Ben Wasserman (Informal Jewish Education/Philosophy) was one of just four students selected to present their work at the “Engaging Philosophy” conference held at Mount Holyoke College in March 2011 (the other students speakers came from University of Sheffield, UK, Mount Holyoke College, and UMass/Boston); the goal of “Engaging Philosophy” is to “showcase and explore philosphy’s emerging engagement with ‘ordinary life,'” which is a major focus of Wasserman’s studies.  The conference featured some very prominent professional philosophers as speakers, including Linda Alcoff (Hunter/Graduate Center), Sally Haslanger (MIT), and Ken Taylor (Stanford).

Ryan Woodhall (Sound Studies), B.S. Candidate for June 2011, just wrote to us to say: I just got a job as a music specialist at a live-in foster home housing 60 mentally disabled adolescents, thanks to this great program!  His home college is Hunter.