President and Ellen Shapiro Brown Establish Presidential Honor Scholars Fund

May 15, 2013

Newton, MA—Mount Ida College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Presidential Honor Scholars Fund thanks to a generous gift from President Barry Brown and his wife, Ellen Shapiro Brown. The fund provides a $500 stipend each spring to eligible first-year, sophomore or junior students participating in the Sandra J. and Richard H. Glessner Honor Scholars Program in recognition for their achievements.

To be eligible for consideration of the scholarship, Honor Scholar students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and have completed at least one of three of the required honors contracts. The Honor Scholars Program, designed for highly motivated students, encourages the pursuit of academic, social and cultural experiences through independent and interdisciplinary study and research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students may renew their award each year upon completion of additional honors contracts to receive up to a total of three awards.
The first-time recipients of the Presidential Honor Scholars Fund are as follows:

  • Bridget Davidson ‘14, Criminal Justice
  • Lindsay Dustin ‘14, Veterinary Technology
  • Emily Pacino ‘15, Human Services/Psychology
  • Marissa Sarnie ‘15, Child Development
  • Alexandra Sivazlian ‘15, Game Art and Animation
  • Jacqueline Tynes ‘15, English
  • Lindsay Weeks ‘14, Veterinary Technology
  • Jewely Wong ‘15, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

Stated Mount Ida College President Barry Brown about the Presidential Honor Scholars Fund, “Our students come to Mount Ida College very focused on building experience to advance their learning and careers. The Honors Scholar Program is innovative, providing opportunity for our students to pursue challenging work within the framework of independent study guided by members of our faculty. We are proud to be able to support their endeavors.”

About the Sandra J. and Richard H. Glessner Honor Scholars Program

In 2008, Trustee Emeritus David Z. Webster and his wife Janie Webster established the Sandra J. and Richard H. Glessner Honor Scholars Program Endowed Fund. The Honor Scholars Program is named after Sandra and Richard Glessner, Mount Ida professors who taught at the College for more than 40 years. This dynamic duo exemplifies the faculty mentor relationship at Mount Ida —challenging, kind, helpful and inspiring. If you would like to join the Websters and the Browns in their support of this forward-thinking academic program, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at (617) 928-4630.