2014 Winners

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The Cornaro Scholarship Committee announced the winners of the 2014 KGP scholarship competition at the National Board Meeting on Saturday, June 20, 2014. The prestigious Cornaro Scholarship—open only to Kappa members—may be used for graduate expenses at any accredited university.Our two Cornaro Scholars for 2014 are Nina Angelina Franza (St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue NY, ’14) and Elizabeth Mary Labuzienski (Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, ’12).

Elizabeth Labuzienski was nominated to Kappa in 2012 by Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana where she earned her B.A. in psychology. Elizabeth resides in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in social work with a concentration in health and mental health at Saint Louis University. Elizabeth first began volunteering at the age of 11. Her many service activities include serving her parish as an altar server and Eucharistic minister, serving meals at Hope Rescue Mission and Center for the Homeless, tutoring grade-school students through GREIA Tutor Club, volunteering at Circle of Mercy Daycare, and helping pack and load food for food drives. She has also been a volunteer life coach with Five Star Life Organization, where she mentored a team of middle-school aged girls, and an intern at RiverBend Cancer Services, where she organized and facilitated workshops and activities for patients and survivors.

About her career aspirations and personal goals, in her Cornaro application Elizabeth wrote: “I aspire to become a licensed clinical social worker. My ideal career is to work as a counselor, interacting with individuals, families and groups. I am interested in working with a variety of populations, including people with cancer, mental illness, and eating and body issues, as well as people in grief. My aspirations to be a social worker and live a fulfilling Christian life both apply to the KGP motto of faith and service. Service is the primary principle of the social work professional mission. One of the richest ways in which I experience God is through loving and serving my brothers and sisters.”

Nina Franza is a resident of Bohemia, New York. She received a B.A. in psychology and speech communication from St. Joseph’s College (CSJ). Her previous volunteer activities include serving on the SJC Campus Activities Board for three years, participating in overseas mission trips, actively volunteering with AMVETS and completing three internships related to underrepresented people in the community. Nina attends Rutgers University pursuing a doctoral degree in school psychology.

In her Cornaro application, Nina wrote: “I believe leadership involves being a role model and providing guidance for others to succeed. Although being scholarly is important, there is a greater sense of knowledge that is established through co-curricular programming, volunteering and leaving your comfort zone. I do not let my leadership and volunteerism end within the American border. While I have loved my educationally-driven experiences, my trips to Nicaragua demonstrated my dedication to the whole. Although I traveled to this country to provide assistance to those in poverty, the families I interacted with helped me more than I could ever help them.”

The Cornaro Corner

This year, the Cornaro Scholarship Committee was pleased to award $5,000 scholarships to two deserving Kappas.

I am very grateful to the Kappas who served as judges for the Cornaro Scholarship Committee: National Recording Secretary Kate Coulihan Ficke (Dominican, IL, ’75), Maureen Bianco (Notre Dame de Namur, CA, ’61), Edward Hosmer (Madonna, MI, ’02) and Michael Bossetta, Sr. (University of Holy Cross, LA, ’05). Congratulations to our newest Cornaro Scholars! And thank you to all who contribute to the Cornaro Scholarship Fund.

Teresa Bosh (Madonna University, MI, ’94) II Vice President, Cornaro Scholarship Committee Chair.