Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that two members of the Class of 2009, Deanna Schanz of the Bryn Mawr section of Yonkers and Marie Floro of Mile Square Road, have been designated “Yonkers Scholars.” Both are recent graduates of Yonkers High School, where they were students in the International Baccalaureate Programme and both participated in the Sarah Lawrence–Fulbright Association (New York Chapter) Youth Mentoring Initiative two summers ago.
Every year, Sarah Lawrence College designates one scholarship for a student from Yonkers as one way to give back to the city in which the College is located. “This year we had two exceptional candidates and so we extended the honor to both,” said Thyra Briggs, Dean of Enrollment.
Schanz and Floro spent an intensive week on the College’s campus in the Lawrence Park West neighborhood of Yonkers participating in a writing program that was the central component of the youth mentoring initiative. There they discovered the individual student attention for which the College is nationally recognized. And through an affiliation between the International Baccalaureate Programme and Sarah Lawrence College Library, they became familiar with the resources at the small liberal arts college.
“Having access to the library was very exciting,” said Floro, who wanted to attend college here since her participation in the writing program. Schanz, whose teachers at Yonkers High School were instrumental in her decision to apply for the scholarship, is looking forward to the small classes and one-on-one contact with her professors.