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The First Church of Christ, Scientist 60 Greenway Terrace Forest Hills, NY 11375 THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes AgeWell New York awards scholarships BY MAGIE HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org AgeWell New York is honoring two York College students’ passion for gerontology with scholarships to fuel their futures in the field. AgeWell is geared towards helping the disabled and chronically ill stay in their homes and communities. It gave $750 grants to Clari Ocasio of the Bronx and Thamar Valcin of Brooklyn. “They were both very impressive,” said Nina Dobris, Geriatric Care Manager and chair of AgeWell’s scholarship committee. She added the students submitted essays that were “very moving, very touching.” Ocasio, 31, a junior at York College and a single mother of two, has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her major. She chose to study gerontology because, at the time, she was caring for her ailing mother and “wanted to know what was going on.” Ever since her first class on the subject, Ocascio began to understand more. Ultimately, her mother died, but Ocascio continued her studies to help others. “We bonded more ever since,” she said. “Although my mom is not with me anymore, I know she’s watching.” Ocasio is currently a Medicaid service coordinator. But her longterm goal is to become a licensed social worker and advocate for seniors. Valcin, 27, aspires to be in a geriatric care managing position. She is currently a senior at York College. While going to school full-time, she is working as a licensed nurse. She dove head first into geriatrics because she was raised living with her grandparents and helped take care of them as they got older. Now she wants to share her talents with the public and turn it into a career. Valcin unsuccessfully applied for the scholarship in her freshman year. However, she persevered and was rewarded this time around. She maintains a 3.7 GPA at York and will apply to nursing schools next fall. She joined Eta Sigma Gamma and the National Society of Leadership and Success, two honor societies, in May. Dobris said AgeWell found two fantastic candidates in Valcin and Ocasio and hopes to be able to continue helping gerontology students for years to come.
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