ONEONTA, N.Y. -The Graduate Studies Office at SUNY Oneonta has begun accepting applications for a new scholarship that will be awarded to students seeking a master's degree in education or teaching, or a certificate of advanced study at the college. The Olga Santora '35 Scholarship is named for Oneonta Normal School alumna Dr. Olga M. Santora, and was created through a bequest from her estate.
Graduate Studies Director Patrick Mente said the launch of the scholarship underscores SUNY Oneonta's commitment to teacher education. He anticipates awards totaling roughly $9,000 during the scholarship's initial year, which will begin with the fall 2012 semester.
"From literacy to school counseling, and from educational technology to foreign languages, we offer a broad spectrum of advanced degrees in education," said Mente. "It's exciting to support students who might very well follow Dr. Santora's path."
A member of the Normal School's Class of 1935, Santora went on to earn degrees from Columbia University, Harvard and SUNY Albany and spent most of her career as a member of the faculty of SUNY New Paltz School of Education, retiring in 1985 with emerita status. She died in May 2010, leaving a gift to the College at Oneonta Foundation to fulfill her wish of helping deserving students become successful teachers.
"It's always rewarding to play a role in enhancing opportunities among promising students," said Vice President for College Advancement Paul J. Adamo. "At the heart of Dr. Santora's gift is the idea of passing on the pursuit of excellence from one generation to another. We’re grateful for her generosity."
More information about the Olga Santora '35 Scholarship is available on the SUNY Oneonta Graduate Studies website at www.oneonta.edu/gradstudies.