Thursday, July 21, 2011

FLCC offers new Honors Studies Scholarship

Horticulture student
Emily Pratt in the
Sonnenberg Gardens

Emily Pratt of Jacksonville, Tompkins County, is the first recipient of the new $1,000 Finger Lakes Community College Honors Studies Scholarship.

The scholarship is one of dozens available to new and returning Finger Lakes Community College students every year. Last year, 97 students received private scholarships totaling about $100,000. Awards range from about $250 per year to one full year of tuition, currently $3,484.

Pratt is a horticulture student who will start her second year at FLCC in the fall.

“Emily received the first Honors Studies scholarship because of how she demonstrated intellectual curiosity, eagerness for a challenging learning experience, and an openness to new ideas and alternative perspectives all year,” said Curt Nehring Bliss, director of Honors Studies. “Also, her scholarship essay impressed the panel because of her agility and creativity with language and critical thinking.”

Click here to read her essay.

To be eligible for an Honors Studies scholarship, a full- or part-time returning student must have a minimum 3.3 GPA, have completed at least six credits of Honors Studies coursework and submit an essay of 300 to 400 words about an idea or experience that sparked the imagination or posed an intellectual challenge.

To learn more about FLCC scholarships, visit or e-mail to

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