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HCLAS Grants Support Experiential Learning Experiences

The second group of HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant recipients with Dean Benjamin Rifkin.

Seven students, representing the arts, social sciences and the natural sciences, make up the second cohort of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Transformative Learning Grant recipients. The grant’s financial support will defray these students’ expenses for research projects, commuting to internships and community service experiences, and the cost of study abroad programs.

HCLAS Dean Benjamin Rifkin explains that the Transformative Learning Grants are awarded every semester to students committed to an internship, research project or a study abroad program the following semester or during an intersession. Students selected for the grant must have financial need verified by Hofstra’s Student Financial Services. The grants have been made possible by the generosity of Hofstra donors.

The summer/fall 2019 HCLAS Transformative Learning Scholars are:

Psychology and Elementary Education major Veronica Catricala ’20 is spending summer session I in Florence, Italy. The Wethersfield, CT, resident will be taking courses in history and literature that will help satisfy some of her college requirements.  The grant money will be applied toward the program fees.

Music Business major Kimberly Chambers ’21 has landed a summer industry internship working at Paradigm Talent Agency’s Music Division. The grant will assist her with the cost of commuting into New York City.

Tyrone Harmon ’19, a dual major in Japanese language and Computer Science, will be applying his grant toward a study abroad opportunity this summer in Costa Rica. He plans to improve his Spanish language skills and learn more about his Spanish heritage. He is also hoping that this program will help him strengthen ties with Spanish-speaking family members.

Alexandra Johnson ‘21, who is pursuing a BFA in Theater Arts, has landed a position at the Gamut Theatre Summer Academy in Harrisburg, PA, where she will be teaching improvisation to kids, ages 8-17. She will also be working as a teaching assistant in classes on stage combat, technical theater, performance, voice and dance. Johnson, a resident of Elizabethtown, PA, will apply the grant toward her commuting expenses and to classroom supplies.

Komal Khokhar ‘22, a Biochemistry major from Franklin Square, NY, is spending the summer with Volunteer Around the World (VAW) which matches college students with community service projects. Komal is participating in two-week Dental Outreach program that will send her to work in a clinic in Peru. Volunteers shadow dental professionals and assist them in medical procedures. They also fundraise for supplies and materials that are used in the work abroad. Komal, who is planning to pursue a career in dentistry, is hoping to develop her skills and network with professionals while helping children in another part of the world. The grant will subsidize her costs for this study abroad experience.

Manmeet Nijjer ’20, a triple major in Criminology, Public Policy and Public Service, and Religion, has been awarded the grant for a summer internship with the New York City Department of Investigation and a fall internship with the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that works to exonerate wrongly convicted people and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent similar injustices. Nijjer plans to attend law school after graduating from Hofstra, and believes these on-the-job experiences will give her exposure to working in criminal law. The grant will help cover travel expenses to her internship sites in New York City this summer and fall.

This fall Emma Trombetta ‘21, a Linguistics and Economics major, will study abroad at the Amsterdam University College (AUC), as part of Hofstra’s Amsterdam Scholarship Exchange Program. AUC is a joint initiative between the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Trombetta plans to immerse herself in the study of languages and macroeconomics. The grant will help pay for a portion of her travel expenses.

Catch up with our January and Spring 2019 Grant Recipients

Applications for the January and Spring 2020 HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant Program are due October 15. Visit the website for guidelines.

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