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Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence

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. 

SUNY annually honors approximately 300 students from all 64 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. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

2018 Recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Veronica Apsan
Park Ridge, NJ
Fashion Design
Veronica is a very engaged student and is committed to making a positive impact through fashion. She mentors youth and inspires them to exceed expectations in personal growth, leadership, business, and the arts. Her work has been in collaboration with Culture for One Foster Care Program, Make-A-Wish America, United Federation of Teachers, and Children of United Nations Foundation. She launched a fashion media start-up, www.fashiontv.nyc, and competed in the BioDesign challenge and other contests.

Arpi Dayian
Dallas, TX
Interior Design
In addition to being on the Dean’s List every semester while studying Interior Design at FIT, Arpi is the Public Relations Officer for the Interior Design Club, a volunteer for the National Cancer Society, and a two-year Team Captain for the volleyball team. Arpi is also a member of the winning team for the NFLxFIT Visual Design Competition, whose products will be sold in the NFL Shop and Target.

Gina Gargiulo
Bay Shore, NY
Advertising & Marketing Communications
Gina served as the President and Editor In Chief of Blush, one of FIT’s student-run magazines. She coordinated a successful fundraiser in 2017, winning the FIT Student Government Association’s Best Fundraiser Award. While doing so, she collected beauty items for Dress for Success and volunteered for the non-profit organization. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has interned at four media and fashion-related companies.

Nermeen Ileiwat
Clifton, NJ
Advertising & Marketing Communications
Nermeen is a first-generation Syrian & Palestinian Muslim American. She belongs to FIT’s Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. Her accomplishments include multiple academic scholarships and a semester spent studying in Rome. Upon graduation, she will have six minors in addition to her Advertising & Marketing major. She was able to accomplish this while working two part-time jobs, completing various internships as an Editorial intern, and writing for the FIT student newspaper.

Joanna Del Priore
Staten Island, NY
Fashion Business Management
Joanna has been recognized for many leadership initiatives and internship experiences. She is the founder and president of IN.dustry Club, a new, interdisciplinary organization for professional development. She serves as Secretary for the Production Management Club, and has held management roles in the Merchandising Society. Joanna completed seven internships while balancing school and a retail position. She has earned academic honors and mentors students.

William Rossi
Lindenhurst, NY
International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries
William is a highly involved student, serving in multiple leadership roles, hosting events, and maintaining rigorous academics — for which they were awarded several scholarships. They have served as Director of Sustainability for student government and fostered student-led initiatives that drive sustainability efforts at FIT and beyond. William aims to become an influential leader of the global fashion industry, helping to mold a sustainable future. Their maxim challenges all to “be good and do good.”

» View the 2018 SUNY Chancellor's Award Program (.pdf)

Past Recipients

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