Recipient receives Dell Scholarship

The Sam and Geraldine Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in the Sciences was awarded to a biology major on March 27, 2019.

The award was given to junior Carly Cupernall, at the Dell Lecture on March 27, 2019.

Carly Cupernall, the scholarship award recipient, stands between Samuel M. Dell III and Dr. Meredith Durmowicz, dean of the Fine School of the Sciences. (Photo from Stevenson University science blog)

According to a press release, the award was first endowed in 2011 by Geraldine and Sam Dell. The award was meant to support students of the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences studying science and applied mathematics.

Carly Cupernall said the presenter of the award, Samuel M. Dell III, was the sponsor of the scholarship and a Board of Trustees member at Stevenson University. She also said that the award was dedicated to Dell’s wife, who passed in 2013.

The award was presented by Dr. Meredith C. Durmowicz, dean of the school of the sciences. Durmowicz said that she conducted interviews and selected the recipients of the Dell Scholarship.

Durmowicz was more than confident about her decision with Cupernall. Durmowicz said, “Carly had excelled academically and demonstrated a deep ethical grounding and strong work ethic. She had been elected to multiple honor societies and earned several academic accolades, including biology department honors and the 2018-2019 Joseph R. Brusini Scholarship for the Sciences.”

Applicants of the Dell Scholarship were required to submit a résumé, recommendation letters, and other supplemental writing pieces. Questions about the applicant’s academics, involvement, and future were asked by Durmowicz during the interview.

According to Durmowicz, other applicants of the Dell Scholarship had to be nominated by faculty in the department of biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Up to two students were chosen from each department.

Additional responsibilities were also put onto recipients of the scholarship. Recipients must attend the Dell Lecture, where they were able to thank the donor. Durmowicz explained, “In addition, each recipient participated in at least two service events sponsored by the School of the Sciences in the year they received the scholarship.”

The Dell Scholarship will make Cupernall more credible as she prepares for the job earch, as the scholarship can be referenced on her résumé. Cupernall said that receiving the award encourages applicant to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.

The Sam and Geraldine Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in the Sciences was just one of the many scholarships offered by Stevenson University. Most scholarships at Stevenson do not require the student to be nominated and they provide financial support for the recipient.

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