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Emilyann Pleszewski, a senior at the State University at Fredonia and a Jamestown Community College graduate, and Helen Leysath, co-advisor of the Tau Sigma chapter, display a ceremonial check for the $1,500 scholarship that Pleszewski received from the national honor society.Emilyann Pleszewski, a senior at the State University at Fredonia and a Jamestown Community College graduate, and Helen Leysath, co-advisor of the Tau Sigma chapter, display a ceremonial check for the $1,500 scholarship that Pleszewski received from the national honor society.

Emilyann Pleszewski, Class of 2013, has received one of 37 national scholarships awarded by Tau Sigma, the academic honor society that recognizes transfer students for their achievements. 

Now a student at Fredonia and a member of the school’s Beta Delta Chapter of Tau Sigma, Emilyann received a $1,500 scholarship – the largest Tau Sigma award granted to a Fredonia student since the local chapter began nominating students in 2009. 

Established at Fredonia in 2008, the Beta Delta Chapter of Tau Sigma admits transfer students who receive a 3.5 GPA or higher during their first semester at Fredonia. Criteria used by Tau Sigma’s national Scholarship Review Committee included involvement in and service to a local Tau Sigma chapter as well as the university, community service, and academic achievement. To read more about Emilyann’s involvement in her community, click here to read the full media release.

Emilyann earned an Associate of Science in human services, with a concentration in social work, from JCC in 2013. She graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and received the Trustee’s Award for a student in the Associate of Science track. During her time at JCC, Pleszewski was an award-winning goalkeeper for the Lady Jayhawk Soccer Team, earning the Female Academic Athlete of the Year award from the Western New York Athletic Association.

She went on to the State University at Fredonia, where she is a social work major who has been named to the Dean's List for three semesters, carried a 3.75 GPA into her final semester, and is excelling in a 500-hour, year-long field experience in social work. She worked on a research project with Drs. Rolanda Ward and Dani McMay that will be presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando in early March.

Upon her graduation from Fredonia, Emilyann plans to pursue a graduate degree in social work at the University at Buffalo.

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 8:43am
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