Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence


2022 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence applications are OPEN

Deadline: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

» Chancellor's Award Application (.docx)


  • Only students graduating between June 2021 and May 2022 will be considered.
  • All information must be typed on the form; handwritten copies will not be accepted.
  • Only awards received while at FIT are applicable. Awards from another college or high school may not be included.
  • Applications are complete only when an electronic version is emailed to the Dean of Students Office at [email protected]
  • If you are nominating a student, please get the student’s assistance in completing the form to ensure accuracy.

Use the Writing and Speaking Studio as a resource. Consultants at the studio will review your application and provide feedback to you. Visit Feldman Center, Room C612.


The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. 

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement. 

Last year SUNY honored 135 students from 63 campuses throughout the State University of New York for their student achievements. Recipients of this award annually exhibit a grade point average of over 3.7 and impressive records of significant contributions to their campuses and communities.

2021 Recipient

Sonja Feaster
Textile Surface Design
Sonja is an extraordinary artist, leader, and academic. She maintains a 3.98 GPA while representing Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) as a Presidential Scholar, track captain, and National Student-Athlete councilmember. She contributed to the Massachusettes Institute of Technology and FIT Functional Fabrics Workshop, and completed five distinguished internships. Sonja received numerous awards for her design ingenuity and leadership.

» View the 2021 Chancellor’s Award Program (pdf).

2020 Recipients

Meredith Barnaby
Plattsburgh, NY
Advertising & Marketing Communications
Meredith Barnaby is a student leader who is passionate about sustainability and building partnerships. She is an Excelsior and Presidential Scholar, member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, recipient of the competitive Jerome Greene scholarship, Resident Assistant, and Fourth Floor Fashion campus ambassador who maintains a 3.95 GPA. After studying abroad and completing three internships, she’s dedicated herself to event planning for charitable organizations. Her event repertoire includes FIT Gala and World of Children Awards.

Andrea Billings
East Orange, NJ
Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries
Andrea Billings is a persevering and dedicated student who contributes greatly to her campus community. As a full-time student, Andrea has balanced four leadership roles including: Orientation Leader, Residential Life Community Assistant, and Gospel Choir President. She studied abroad in Paris and has interned with Kate Spade and the FIT/Infor Design Lab. Andrea is a Black Retail Action Group Scholar and recipient of Club President of the Year Award for ‘18-’19.

Alin Intravisit
Bangkok, Thailand
Fashion Business Management
Alin has left no stone unturned during her time at FIT. Academically, she is a member of the Presidential Scholars Program and pursued four minors. A passionate business student, she was the President of the National Retail Federation Student Association and won four business case competitions, all while building solid professional experiences with five internships in three different industries. She has been highly involved on campus, serving as a Cultural Fellow and an Orientation Leader.

Daniella Koller
Mamaroneck, NY
Fashion Design
Having previously studied biology, Daniella is passionate about design’s intersection with science, innovation, and sustainability. Her work on EcoLastane for the BioDesign Challenge, contributions to AFFOA coded design, and pursuit of knitted textiles have further cultivated these passions. In addition to receiving numerous awards and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, she has represented FIT through studying in England and India, presenting at NYCxDesign, volunteering at FabScrap, and serving on the Residence Hall Conduct Appeal Board.

Michele Sparrow
Pearl River, NY
Textile Development & Marketing
Michele has used the power of positivity to make the most of her time at FIT. As a first-generation college student, she has pursued a degree in Textile Development and Marketing and has attained three minors with a focus on the importance of sustainability within the fashion industry. She is the leader of FIT Hives, a Senior RA, Team Manager for the FIT Women’s and Men’s Tennis teams and serves on FIT’s Student Government Association. View the 2020 Chancellor’s Award Program (.pdf)

» View the 2020 SUNY Chancellor's Award Program (.pdf)

Past Recipients