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Congratulations to our Scholar, Elianny!

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018


JFEW Scholar Elianny Espinal just graduated from Stony Brook University! Elianny was a Psychology and Theater Arts double major, and a Creative Writing and Literature minor. She was awarded the Larry Roher Entrepenurial Achievement Award during her time at Stony Brook, for her incredible achievements serving in a leadership role on her campus. She was recognized for establishing The Voice of the Diaspora, which is an initiative created to showcase the art of immigrants. 

In addition to her recognized achievements, Elianny also wrote and directed her own play, and studied abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy. She says of her experience abroad, "I found myself and some pieces that were missing, I learned about another culture and its politics, I learned about my second home away from home; it truly changed my life." Elianny says that her experiences at Stony Brook allowed her to truly live every day to the fullest.

Congratulations, Elianny! 

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Congratulations to our graduate, Lydia

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018


JFEW Scholar Lydia Senatus recently graduated from Stony Brook University! Lydia graduated with a degree in Economics after deciding to make a switch from Health Sciences after her freshman year, and she says that her decision to switch to a major that she truly enjoyed was one of the best decisions she made in college.

While in school, Lydia worked as a peer mentor to assist fellow students and peers in applying to college scholarships. Every semester she hosted writing workshops to assist students in making their applications much stronger, and improving their ability to fund their education. She says of her experience, "I think the most important part of creating a legacy is not what you as an individual have accomplished, but rather how you have helped other people with their accomplishments."

Lydia, we are so inspired by your tenacity and drive, and we can't wait to see what is next for you! 

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JFEW Scholar Elianny Espinal is interning at the Ford Foundation

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, August 21, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Meet JFEW Scholar Elianny Espinal from Stony Brook University!

Elianny is grateful for her opportunity to intern at the Ford Foundation this summer, and she believes the experience is allowing her to develop a strong idea of what it is like to work in the non-profit sector. Elianny explains, "Being at the Ford Foundation for a month, I cannot imagine being anywhere else. I enjoy what I do here and meeting the people that I am meeting. I hope to build a lasting relationship."

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Check out Maria Grima's summer internship

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017


JFEW Scholar Maria Grima from Stony Brook University is interning at Ocean Sanctuary Alliance where she transcribed the United Nations Ocean Conference!

She also creates maps for local and global marine research projects and assists on fish-tagging trawls and restoration projects. The best advice Maria received during her summer internship was "As long as you are learning, your time is not wasted."

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