SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association Awards Scholarships


Two outstanding incoming first-year students are the recipients of the competitive 2010-11 SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association Scholarship. The one-time $1,000 award was presented to Tyler W. Giroux of Burnt Hills, N.Y., and Brittany L. Schermerhorn of Gouverneur, N.Y.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, an individual must be the child, grandchild or parent of a SUNY Potsdam graduate and be nominated by an alumnus or alumna of the College.

Giroux, who will graduate this month from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, comes from a long line of SUNY Potsdam alumni—his parents met on campus as students, and he also has many other relatives who attended the College. A talented musician, Giroux plans to attend the Crane School of Music and study piano and euphonium, with the goal of ultimately becoming a music teacher and band director.

“My mother, my father, my grandparents and my aunts and uncles who attended Potsdam are very pleased and proud of the education that they received, and have gone on to have highly successful careers. The reputation of the College and the Crane School of Music is superior, and I love the home town atmosphere,” he said. “SUNY Potsdam is my first college choice.”

Schermerhorn, whose mother is an alumna, has dedicated herself to a number of causes throughout her high school career, including bell ringing for the Salvation Army, organizing a Red Cross Blood Drive, and interning with high school and elementary art classes. Voted “most likely to succeed” by her classmates at Gouverneur Central High School, she is an equine riding instructor at Pine Hill Stables and hopes to use her SUNY Potsdam education to become an art teacher.

“By attending SUNY Potsdam, I will be able to broaden my possibilities and pursue by interests,” she said. “I will be able to explore the abundant art classes and activities provided to the students.”

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.