Cayuga CC rising sophomore nursing students recognized with scholarships

During a luncheon ceremony in May, Cayuga Community College recognized 66 first-year nursing students for their academic and clinical accomplishments and their success in “moving up” to the second year of the rigorous program.

Several Cayuga Community College rising sophomore nursing students received scholarships to support their second year of studies to become a registered nurse.
Several Cayuga Community College rising sophomore nursing students received scholarships to support their second year of studies to become a registered nurse.

Nursing Program Director and Professor Linda Alfieri read a poem, “The Path to a Dream” by Barbara Cage, to inspire students to continue toward their goal of becoming a registered nurse. “The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination,” she quoted. “And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way…it is traveled by belief and courage, persistence, and hard work.”

Of those rising sophomores, 17 received scholarship awards totaling more than $10,000.

· Alfieri and McColgin Nursing Excellence Scholarship to Charles Karpinski of Auburn

· Claudine B. Babiarz Memorial Scholarship to Autumn H. Lyons of Martville

· Anne Drancsak Gallager Memorial Scholarship to Emily E. Jones of Syracuse

· Maureen Mahany Scholarship to Stephanie A. Sampson-Magill of Groton

· Nancy McGohan ’82 Memorial Scholarship to Kathryn E. Love of Hannibal

· Elizabeth Payne McQueeney Memorial Scholarship to Hannah G. Ivery of Cato and Jennifer W. Purtell of Oswego

· Linda A. Rooker Nursing Scholarship to Jamie C. Blackman of Auburn

· Nataline Dulles Seymour Scholarship to Kevin C. Zippel of Auburn

· Katie M. Socci Memorial Scholarship to Laura M. Phillips of Auburn

· Lisa A. McLoud White Memorial Scholarship to Kimberly A. Sayles of Elbridge

· Thomas J. Wiggins Sr. Memorial Scholarship to Crystal G. Brewer of Cayuga

· Brandi Taylor and Tammi Jones Memorial Scholarship to Mary Beth Smart of Jordan and Kelly L. Ware of Fulton

· Joseph W. and Margaret G. Pine Memorial Scholarship to Stephanie Bizzari of Auburn

· Josephine Stephen Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Jessica Thingvoll of Oswego

· Sarah Elizabeth Thurston Nursing Scholarship to Megan Keady of Skaneateles

“It’s always exciting to celebrate the success of our students,” said Jeff Hoffman, executive director of the College Foundation. “What really makes this event special for our donors is the opportunity it presents to meet ‘their’ students. To actually talk to and interact with these students makes their giving to Cayuga all the more rewarding.”

Cayuga nursing graduates have a promising future. In recent years, graduates from the program have had a 100 percent passing rate on the national licensure exam, and have had a nearly 100 percent placement rate, meaning the nursing graduates who seek employment find employment.

The job market and starting salary are strong for registered nurses.

Registered nursing positions will grow faster than most other careers through 2020 – at a growth rate of 26 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average RN starting salary in the Syracuse area ranges from approximately $34,000 to $63,000 a year, according to

To learn more about the college nursing program, contact Linda Alfieri at 315-255-1743, ext. 2384 or [email protected]

For more information about supporting Cayuga Community College students, contact Jeffrey Hoffman, executive director of the College Foundation, at 315-255-1743, ext. 2327 or [email protected]