Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship
The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship provides two $500.00 awards to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and be actively involved with a Fisher club or organization whose programs reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
2013-14 Diversity Scholarship Winners
As part of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20, St. John Fisher College announced the 2013-2014 recipients of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship: Loriane Ngarambe ’14 and Tyana Velazquez ’15.
Loriane Ngarambe '14
Loraine Ngarambe is a Political Science major with double minors in International Studies and English with a concentration in writing. She spent the 2013 spring semester in Washington D.C. completing an internship at Amnesty International, a non-governmental human rights organization. She worked in the Government Relations Program and had an opportunity to participate in an anti-death penalty rally in Maryland. She also took part in the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty campaign, and joined in the celebration of the treaty’s adoption.
During her sophomore year, she helped start Students of Multicultural Affairs (SOMA), a diversity club on campus whose mission is to promote cultural awareness. She was part of the planning of the inaugural “A Day in My Shoes” event, which addressed stereotypes and offered solutions on how people can work together to diminish them.
In addition, she served as a peer advisor for the HEOP five-week summer program, where she helped 20 incoming freshman with their transition into college. She was also a member of the Orientation Team and a Resident Assistant for the College Bound Program.
Tyana Velazquez '15
Tyana Velazquez is a junior majoring in Childhood and Special Education with a minor in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been a member of the President’s Student Advisory Board, and served as the Diversity Senator of the Student Government Association. Additionally, she worked with the Office of Multicultural Affair & Diversity Programs in 2012 in a leadership role planning a campus-wide event and encouraged her peers to attend the Annual Hunger Banquet during Four Freedoms Week.
She has also served as a student ambassador, a student representative on the Student Conduct Committee, and was the secretary of the Gay Straight Alliance.
Students Loriane Ngarambe and Tyana Velazquez received the 2013-14 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Diversity Scholarship. Pictured here with Ms. Yesenia Garcia-Key, Community Engagement Coordinator at Excellus.