Scholarship Recipient Testimonials
Sabrina Davis ’16
Sabrina Davis was chosen for the third consecutive year to be the recipient of the Paul E. Johnson, Sr. Community Conference Room Endowed Scholarship. Sabrina is a Social Work major with a minor in Public Health Studies. Despite having an intense and sometimes overwhelming workload, Sabrina spent the past few years serving as a member of the Americorps Jumpstart Program, volunteering twice a week at a local preschool where she works with young students to improve their language and literacy barriers in the hopes of preparing them for school. Sabrina has been involved with the Social Work Club and NOW, the National Organization for Women, during her time at Eastern. Currently, she is involved in Student Government Association (SGA) as a Senator, and in the First Year Experience program as a Peer Mentor.
Graduating this upcoming May, Sabrina’s future is very bright. She has led an impeccable career at Eastern and has left her mark in more ways than one. Sabrina accredits this scholarship for having helped her get this far.
“I am thankful—more than you’ll ever know. As of now, fall 2015, I am set to graduate college with no student loan debt! I can only imagine just how rare that is nowadays. It is thanks to the Johnson Scholarship that I am able to be debt free”, she writes in a thank you letter to Pedro Johnson, a member of ECSU Foundation Board of Directors and grandson of the late Paul E. Johnson Sr. Sabrina is the epitome of what these ECSU Scholarships are all about, and she hopes to one day be able to give back to the university that has given her so much, by donating to a scholarship herself.
Jason Plummer ’16
For the second year in a row, Jason Plummer has had the honor of being selected as an SBM Charitable Foundation scholarship recipient. Jason is currently a senior from Enfield enrolled as a Business Administration major. Looking back on his years here, Jason has accomplished a great deal; serving as an intern for Babson Capital and studying abroad in France. With graduation lying near, Jason has decided that he hopes to one day pursue a career in finance. Despite excelling at the university, Jason says it wasn’t always easy but, “the scholarship has eased some of the burden of college expenses which can be quite difficult on a single mother. You don’t understand the relief that comes to us knowing that we don’t have to worry too much about paying for school this year. I can’t wait to see her face when I walk in May (Commencement).”
By earning this scholarship, Jason has been able to work fewer hours, allowing him more time to focus on school and the plethora of opportunities this campus has to offer. Jason was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad, studying in France while simultaneously travelling through Europe. When he’s not busy immersing himself in foreign culture, Jason spends his time working towards his ultimate goal of securing a career in finance. As an intern for Babson Capital, Jason was able to gain irreplaceable experience, doing everything from updating databases to managing accounts. Following this internship, he took a position working on campus in the Center for Internships and Career Development, aiding students and offering them firsthand experience. Jason is undoubtedly a huge asset to this campus and epitomizes what the ECSU Foundation Scholarships are all about.
Monika Szarwacki ’16
As a student teacher working in the second grade classroom at the Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy in North Windham, Monika is frequently reminded of her days in elementary school. The opportunities extended by her first teachers made a lasting impression and started her on the path that is now bringing her back. A recipient of an ECSU Foundation Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year, Monika is completing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a program that included student teaching as well as research on how pre-school children learn through their play activities.
“I was asked to be one of the researchers with one of our education faculty, Jeffrey Trawick-Smith,” said Monika. “We worked on a study on Blocks this past spring, which I took very seriously since it is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. I video recorded, coded and used SPSS to record data through this experience and we will be presenting our data at the NAEYC Conference in Orlando, FL this fall.”
After graduating in May, Monika will be attending graduate school at Sacred Heart University, where she will be working on a masters’ degree in Elementary School Education.