Begun in 1999 by family and friends in memory of Kenny Gordon '94, this scholarship fund supports Skidmore students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program.

Current Recipients:

Ronnell Evans, 2015, Brooklyn, NY
Loren Santana, 2013, New York, NY
Katherine Garcia 2010, Bronx, NY
Eilin M. Nunez 2009, New York, NY
Mr. Haseeb Younas 2011, Bronx, NY

Meet Your Skidmore College Scholarship Students

Name: Ronnell Evans

Class Year: 2015

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Computer Science

Minor: English (Creative Writing)

My favorite thing about Skidmore College is...

the academic resources. Professors are eager to teach and assist me.

My favorite class/faculty member/experience has been...

intro to computer science because it has allowed me to understand what goes on into writing software. Also, computer science has helped me understand the logic of language itself.

In the future, my plans include...

finding a computer science internship and possibly going to graduate school for computer science.

Ronell was one of eight students selected for Skidmore's Scholars in Science and Mathematics (S3M) Program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, S3M Scholars have the opportunity to participate in a five-week summer research program. Candidates for the S3M Scholarships are selected on the strength of their high school performance. A program of study that is heavily weighted in the sciences, a high GPA, strongly supportive letters from science/math teachers, and evidence of passion from an applicant's essay and/or interview.

Ronnell is also a tutor in Skidmore's Writing Center.

I want to thank the donors of the Kenny Gordon Scholarship for acknowledging and recognizing my work in college. By relieving me of a portion of my college expenses, this scholarship will help me focus much more on my schoolwork.

Name: Loren Santana

Class Year: 2013

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: Mathematics and minor in Environmental Studies

My favorite thing about Skidmore College is...

how it has given me the chance and opportunity to do whatever I want and be whoever I want. I can take great, life changing classes; study abroad and learn about other cultures; join clubs and help others; take on a thesis and form a long lasting relationship with an advisor. Basically, there are so many opportunities for me to take advatage of, which makes my experience at Skidmore memorable.

My favorite class/faculty member/experince has been...

It's so difficult to choose just one favorite event after all the amazing experiences I've had at Skidmore. All my math classes have been really challenging, but that's what has made me love them and I always had great professors. This semester I'm taking a survey music class and a chorus class which helped me discover that I'm extremely passionate about music and participating in musical performances. Next semester, I'll be playing the violin and will continue with the chorus, which I am EXTREMELY excited about.

In the future, my plans include...

After Skidmore, I plan to enroll in a Post-Baccalaurate Program at the Center for Women in Mathematics at Smith College. It's an intensive math program that prepares women to attend graduate school in math. After a year at Smith, I hope to go into a graduate program in mathematical biology and eventually work for the government (Department of Defense, National Security Agency) or the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. I hope to work on problems that incorporate math, but set to solve issues regarding climate change, disease control, and other factors challenging our physical environment.

These four years at Skidmore have composed the best experiences of my life, both academically and socially. I've struggled with classes but I've leaned from them, I've met people who will be in my life forever (I hope), and I've grown as a person because of all these experiences. There is no way that I could have attended Skidmore if it were not for the generosity of the many donors that help students like myself. To all the donors, thank you for the time, effort and resources you contribute to the Skidmore community. More specifically, to the Gordon Family, thank you for providing this scholarship that I have received these past two years. No words can describe how grateful I am. Thank you!

Name: Katherine Garcia

Class Year: 2010

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major: Spanish major, Studio art minor

My favorite thing about Skidmore College is...

My favorite thing about Skidmore College is that I can be me!

My favorite class/faculty member has been...

It is difficult to choose a favorite class but one that I truly enjoyed and which I feel was perfect for my first year seminar is Human Dilemmas with Sue Layden.

Coming to Skidmore has changed me in the following ways...

I aspired to study abroad while attending Skidmore but I had no idea that I would be able to travel to so many areas of the world. Sophomore year I did a travel seminar to Argentina and Chile; spring semester of junior year I studied in Florence through Syracuse University; over the summer I traveled to South Africa with the Education class Journeys and Reflections; and last semester I studied in Alcala de Henares, Madrid through the Skidmore/Tufts program. I have been truly blessed with opportunities that unfortunately not many students around the world are able to experience. I have seen and learned so much through my travels and have had truly unforgettable experiences, all of which have helped me become a better student and individual.

I would truly like to thank you, the Gordon Family and Friends, for your tremendous help these past three years. Thanks to you and Skidmore, I have had incredible experiences and opportunities studying at this distinguished institution. I am very grateful. One of my goals is to help other students with financial need so that they too can open their eyes to what our magnificent world has to offer, opportunities which are unfortunately often fogged and unspoken of in our neighborhoods.

Name: Eilin Nunez

Class Year: 2009

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Major: Spanish

One thing I can do at Skidmore that I cannot do anywhere else is...

Have the opportunity to study and live in other countries. Learn about life outside of the United States helps you broaden your horizons and grow as a person.

An accomplishment that I am most proud of is...

The academic and personal accomplishment that I am most proud of is having the opportunity to live and study in other parts of the world.

My co-curricular activities include...

I am a current member of Ujima and Raices which are two groups on campus. When I was studying in Spain I got the opportunity to volunteer at my host college to help other students with their English.

I would love to thank once again the Gordon Family for this wonderful scholarship that they have given me. It has helped me and my family a great deal. I would also like to thank them for making my dream of studying abroad come true. Studying in Australia and Spain for a year was the best experience of my life, and I am really thankful to the Gordon Family for helping me get there. This scholarship has really helped me out a lot in the last three years.

Name: Haseeb Younas

Class Year: 2011

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: Business and Economics

One thing I can do at Skidmore that I cannot do anywhere else is...

At Skidmore, I am involved in the Hayat club. Hayat is a club that strives to bring awareness to Skidmore students about South Asian, North African, and Middle Eastern cultures. Because Skidmore hs very few students from these areas, there is little knowledge about these peoples and their cultures. I feel that my involvement in Hayat is having a positive impact on other Skidmore students and is increasing awareness and acceptance of South Asian, North Sfrican, and Middle Eastern peoples.

An accomplishment that I am most proud of is...

In my first semester of freshman year, I took Introduction to Management and Business (MB107). MB 107 is widely regarded as on of the most difficult classes on campus and requires self discipline and dedication. Being my first semester in college, I was umcertain as to how well I had been prepared and was not sure if I would be able to handle the work load. By the end of the semester I had proven to myself and to my professors that I was a strong student who was dedicated and could hande the difficult work load of this notoriously difficult class.

My co-curricular activities include...

I am involved in many aspects of Skidmore outside of the classroom setting. I am the vice president of the hayat club, I am a supervisor in the SPA, and I tutor for MB 107

I would like to thank once the Kenny Gordon '94 Scholarship for helping to fund my college education. This scholarship has allowed me to study at an incredible institution, Skidmore College, and has opened up opportunities for me that I would not otherwise have been exposed to. Thank you for your support and assistance in my pursuit of higher education.

New Kenny Gordon Scholars - 2009 - 2010 Academic Year

Mr. Haseeb Younas, '11, comes to Skidmore's Opportunity Program from Manhattan International High School in Manhattan. He was ranked number 2 in a class of 75 and was very high achieving with a 96 average. As is the case with many of our HEOP students, Hasseb's SAT scores were below the general admission numbers and his Regents reflected a discrepancy with his GPA, indicative of coming from a High School that under prepares its students. As a Skidmore student, Haseeb has entirely closed any gap between his testing and his grades. In all but 1 semester, he has earned a fantastic 4.0 and his CUM GPA sits at 3.92 as a Management and Business major. At Skidmore he hasn't missed a beat - in fact, one of his favorite classes is a popular African Drumming class. Self-described accurately as "friendly and calm," Haseeb sees the injustice of stereotyping and always endeavors to make his mark as a wonderful citizen of Skidmore and the world.

Chi Chong Tam, '12, is a graduate of John Dewey High School in Brooklyn. He came to Skidmore as a student excelling in math with work needed on his English skills; he had been in the United States only 1 year! The transition was difficult for Chi Chong, as his dad was out of the country tending to his sister, and his mother worked a night shift. He felt quite isolated but now considers himself "lucky" to have the fortitude to overcome hardship and to envision a bright future. This is certainly the case at Skidmore. Chi Chong has earned high honors every semester and his CUM GPA is a healthy 3.8. He has come an incredibly long way from the days of working in a Malaysian restaurant in New York and being blamed for poor English skills by customers. Chi Chong is now endeavoring to choose Econimics and his vastly improved writing skills will now be an asset.

Kenny Gordon Scholarship Recipients
October 2009

Maraki Dagnachew '05
Bronx, NY

Katherine Garcia '10
Bronx, NY

Vaughn K. Greene '08
Norfolk, VA

Eilin M. Nunez '09
New York, NY

Salome M. Ruperty '05
Bronx, NY

Social Worker
Independence Care System
New York, NY

Chi Chong Tam '12
Brooklyn, NY

Markland L. Walker '04
New York, NY

High School English Teacher
Frederick Douglas Academy
New York, NY

Haseeb Younas '11
Bronx, NY

Ibardo A. Zambrano '06
Bethesda, MD

Research Assistant
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Wen Zhang '07
New York, NY

Financial/Operational Analyst
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact the Kenny Gordon Foundation at 212-688-9215 or click on the button below. We also are set up to accept matching gifts from corporations.

Because the Kenny Gordon Foundation is tax-exempt 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, gifts are tax-deductible.