Provided Images From left, Bridget Pitre of Sayville and Kelsey Zorn of Leicester, members of SUNY Geneseo's Class of 2020, both received SUNY Chancellor Fellowships to assist them in pursuing master's degrees at SUNY schools. Both will be continuing their education at SUNY Geneseo.

A Leicester woman is among two SUNY Geneseo graduates to receive a Chancellor Graduate Fellowship from the State University of New York.

The fellowships are awarded to students who graduated this academic year with a SUNY bachelor’s degree and who are continuing their education at one of SUNY’s 64 campuses for a graduate degree.

Kelsey Zorn of Leicester and Bridget Pitre of Sayville were each selected to receive fellowship awards of $5,000. The fellowship is a one-year grant to be used to defray non-tuition expenses such as room, board, textbooks, and other costs of attending a SUNY institution.

Zorn, who earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/childhood education with a concentration in human development, will be returning to Geneseo for the Reading and Literacy B–12 master’s program.

Pitre, who earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in international relations, will also return to SUNY Geneseo in the fall for a master’s in accounting degree.

The Chancellor’s Fellowship was awarded to only 55 seniors of SUNY’s top bachelor’s degree students who maintained a GPA of at least 3.3 and who exemplify the SUNY system motto: To Learn, To Search, To Serve. The program was announced in January 2020 during the chancellor’s third State of the University System address. Grants are funded through prior New York State investment in higher education to SUNY.

“We are immensely proud to recognize these exceptional students from across SUNY who have worked tirelessly to excel in their fields of study,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Their recognition as the winners of the Chancellor’s Graduate Scholarship Award will no doubt inspire countless other students to pursue their educational path at SUNY, and in turn, we will continue to provide access and opportunities to invest in tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.”

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