A Message from the Director of the Coronat Scholars Program
Since 2004, Coronat Scholars have been welcomed to Syracuse University every fall. Coming in, they are excellent students and promising leaders. Once here, they achieve unusual distinction in the classroom and beyond. Some are triple and quadruple majors. Many win additional awards while at SU, becoming Astronaut Scholars or Remembrance Scholars. They win prizes from the Honors’ Program for their Capstone projects. Many graduate to take up prestigious international scholarships such as the Marshall, Gates-Cambridge, or Fulbright; go on to law and medical school or attend master’s and doctoral programs. While at SU, they tutor students in the Syracuse City School District (many working with our large refugee population), start campus branches of organizations such as Nourish International, do research in laboratories at SU and Upstate Medical University, and more.
Coronat Scholars also have fun! Several times a year, Coronats from all four years join together for food and games, an overnight retreat, and mentoring of one another. Game nights always include a Trivia game pitting the four classes against one another, leading to much noise, groans, and cheering. In fact, the fun begins during the recruitment process when those invited for interviews are on campus for 2 ½ days and we feast, play, take the prospective scholars to visit classes, share in special lectures by renowned SU faculty, and more.
As Director, I manage to have lunch with most at least once a year and my office door is always open for advising and mentoring. For the faculty, working with the Coronat program is fun—these are wonderful engaging young people and it is joy to have them at Syracuse.