has awarded its first STEM scholarships to college-bound dependents of Northwell employees. The scholarship program supports high school seniors pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care-related fields.
The $7,500 scholarships were presented to four of the five recipients in attendance at a recent ceremony held at Northwell’s corporate offices in New Hyde Park. The money will be applied to the STEM program they pursue at the community, state or city college they attend.
One of the scholarship recipients, Ivy Fernandes, 18, of Carle Place, plans on attending Nassau Community College in the fall and plans on following in the footsteps of her mother Precilla, who works as an oncology nurse at . “I want to study nursing just like my mom,” said Ms. Fernandes. “She was a nurse in Mumbai, India. She came to the US first and then the rest of my family followed her from India. She gave me this opportunity to live in America. Her being a nurse means a lot to me, so I want to thank my mother by becoming a nurse too. She’s my inspiration.”
Another scholarship winner, Ryan Costanza, 17, of Levittown, son of Kathleen Costanza, a marketing and outreach relations specialist at , will be studying education at the College of New Jersey. “My mom introduced the scholarship to me and I was really excited so I applied for it. I didn’t think I would get it. I want to thank Northwell Health for giving me this,” he said. “All of my high school teachers have affected me so positively. I hope to become a high school math teacher because I would like to have a positive impact on students.”
To be eligible for the STEM Scholarship program, students must be a dependent of a Northwell employee, a senior in high school and accepted into a SUNY, CUNY or community college within the tri-state area. In addition, they must be pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field and complete the online scholarship application.
“It's a financial help but also it's motivational as well. When you open a door for somebody and help them walk through it, it's amazing when they get to the other side,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “It provides a broader perspective about life and the opportunities that exist. We're committed to creating a community asset that is providing financial support and educational opportunities for people who want to advance, and if they’re successful and graduate, we would love to bring them into our organization.”
Joseph Moscola, senior vice president chief people officer at Northwell, said, “One of the ways that we can really pave the way for a successful future is to invest in our youth. What better place to start than in the youth of our team members.”
The other Northwell Health STEM scholarship recipients are: Solomon Richards of Valley Stream, whose mother Deborah Phillips is a blood bank supervisor at Southside Hospital, Aiden O’Sullivan of West Babylon, whose mother Lynn O’Sullivan is an oncology nurse liaison at North Shore University Hospital, and Micaela Harmon of South Ozone Park, whose father Leron Harmon is an anesthesia technologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Her mother Janice Harmon, is a hematology and oncology research nurse for Northwell.