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Local student receives Tau Sigma scholarship

Angela Silverstein, a SUNY Cortland senior from Marcellus, was selected to receive the 2009 Tau Sigma National Scholarship by the national honor society for transfer students.

Tau Sigma awarded Silverstein, a Fall 2007 transfer student from SUNY Potsdam, a $500 scholarship.

"I was excited to receive this scholarship," said Silverstein, a childhood education major. "It was a pleasant surprise."

To be eligible for the scholarship, a transfer student must be enrolled as a full-time student, transfer to the university with at least one full year's worth of academic credits and must finish their first term after transferring with a 3.5 GPA or in the top 20 percent of all incoming transfer students during that term.

"Angela Silverstein is one of the most enthusiastic transfer students I have ever met," said Giovanna Colosi-Lawson, an academic advisor with the College who runs the SUNY Cortland chapter of Tau Sigma. "She is incredibly busy keeping up with school work, volunteer opportunities and her Tau Sigma responsibilities. She maintains a wonderful grade point average and does all of this always with a smile on her face. I am so happy she has received a Tau Sigma Scholarship, as it is well deserved!"

Tau Sigma honored 20 students from other colleges with its 2009 scholarship. Founded in 1999, Tau Sigma, which stands for transition and scholarship, was incorporated nationally to recognize and promote academic excellence and involvement of transfer students. SUNY Cortland has had a chapter since 2004.

"I am proud of coming from a different school," said Silverstein, who participates in a wide range of extra-curricular activities as well. "Working with Tau Sigma is something I enjoy. Transfer students need helpers such as Tau Sigma to make their transition a good one."

There are 58 Tau Sigma chapters established throughout the country at various universities to support transfer students such as Silverstein.

"I have a lot of transfer pride," said Silverstein, who is one of 840 transfer students at SUNY Cortland, according to the records at the college's Advisement and Transition Office. "I think it is fun to be a transfer student. When I decided to transfer, I was only looking at SUNY Cortland, due to its proximity to my hometown and the fact that it is the largest teacher education program in the Northeast and the ninth largest in the country."

After graduation, Silverstein hopes to obtain a teaching job while pursing a master's degree in education.

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