2017 University Scholars Include 10 Study Abroad Alumni

Twelve graduating seniors have been named as the 2017 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows, according to Syracuse University News. Ten of the scholars are alumni of SU Abroad programs.

  • Farrell Brenner, a women’s and gender studies and citizenship and civic engagement major: Women and Gender in the Arab World (Summer 2015), Religion, Law, and Human Rights (Summer 2015), and Exploring Central Europe (Fall 2015)
  • Rachel Brown-Weinstock, a sociology, citizenship and civic engagement and policy studies major, enrolled in South Africa: A Global Health Education Experience in both Summer 2015 and 2016
  • Hasmik Djoulakian, a women’s and gender studies and citizenship and civic engagement major: Florence Center (Spring 2015)
  • Emma Ettinger, a stage management major: Oxford University Arcadia (Special petition Spring 2016)
  • Emily Fesnak, an information management technology major: London Center (Fall 2015)
  • Anniya Gu, a biochemistry major: Florence Summer Session (Summer 2014)
  • Evangeline Soileau, an architecture major: Florence Center (Spring 2015)
  • Genevieve Starke, an aerospace engineering major: Florence Center (Spring 2015)
  • Bryan Sweeney, a music composition major and fine arts major: Florence Summer Session (Summer 2016)
  • Geoffrey Vaartstra, a mechanical engineering major: Santiago Center (Spring 2016)

The University Scholars will represent the entire graduating class at the May 14 Commencement ceremony. On Wednesday, May 10, the scholars will be honored at a reception at the Chancellor’s House hosted by Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen, at which they will receive special medallions to be worn at Commencement. The scholars will also be honored at the One University awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, at Hendricks Chapel.

The Syracuse University Scholars Selection Committee, a University-wide faculty committee, selected the 2017 scholars using criteria that included coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, a personal statement, and faculty letters of recommendation.