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Skidmore College
Donor Engagement and Stewardship

Meet the Recipients

Our scholarship students reflect a wonderfully diverse cross-section of the Skidmore student body. The students listed below are just a few of those who have experienced Skidmore through the generosity of Skidmore alumni, parents and friends.

Likewise, scholarship donors represent a multitude of interests, careers and backgrounds. The college is deeply grateful to those who make a Skidmore experience available to all who seek it.


Kathleen Amo '15

Major: international affairs
Minor: environmental studies

Kathleen Amo '15
The course “Environmental Development in the Middle East” opened Kathleen’s
eyes to the international environmental movement and inspired her to study
abroad in China. Her college career has also included playing the violin with
the Skidmore Orchestra, a place on the women’s softball team and a
volunteer role working with mentally challenged children and young adults
at a Skidmore softball clinic. Her future plans include many goals, but most
importantly, she hopes to make a difference in people’s lives.


Spencer Brooks '15

Majors: neuroscience and pre-med
Minor: English

Spencer Brooks '15
Spencer discovered his twin passions for neuroscience and fiction writing early
in his Skidmore career. With the help of his professors, he has overcome his
fear of sharing personal, creative work with classmates and has gone on to
write more than a dozen short stories—two have been submitted for publication.
While at Skidmore he has participated in the Martial Arts Club and teaches
Brazilian jiu jitsu. After graduation, Spencer hopes to go on to medical school
for neurosurgery or enter into research.


Sean Carfi '15

Major: philosophy
Minor: economics

Sean Carfi '15
Sean has taken advantage of Skidmore’s offerings through a variety of subjects
and his connections with professors. His college experience has been inspirational
and has helped him to gain perspective in many areas. He took his studies abroad
to Ireland, where he enjoyed traveling and learning about his heritage. Outside
of the classroom, Sean has enjoyed competing on Skidmore’s log-rolling team,
new to the college this year. After graduation, his sights are set on attending
law school.


Mavis MacNeil '14

Major: music

Mavis MacNeil '14

Although music is her passion, Mavis has found other courses at Skidmore
to be fascinating. Her semester abroad at the Conservatorium van
Amsterdam was a life-changing experience, and Mavis remains grateful for
the incredible opportunity. Outside of her studies, Mavis has found some
of her closest friends in the 11-piece funk band she joined last year. The
group rehearses weekly and performs both on and off campus. Mavis
hopes to pursue a graduate degree in choral conducting after graduating
from Skidmore.


Julia Pichardo '14

Majors: psychology and social work

Julia Pichardo '14
Julia’s Skidmore experience has solidified her interest to pursue a master’s
degree in social work. Through her college coursework, community
involvement with individuals with disabilities and hands-on internship
experience at a homeless youth services center, Julia saw how people can
grow and achieve when given the right opportunities. Julia’s ultimate goal is
to work with Latino families who have children with disabilities.


Phiwokuhle Shongwe '14

Major: mathematics
Minor: computer science

Pibo Shongwe '14
Pibo has traveled a great distance to receive his college education. Originally
from Swaziland, he came to Skidmore from Li Po Chun United World College
of Hong Kong. He will graduate from Skidmore in May, then finish one more
year at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth to complete the 3/2
dual engineering degree program between the two colleges. He has participated
in intramural soccer, served as an intramurals supervisor and works for the
Admissions Office as a tour guide.