UMAA Legacy Scholarship Profiles

2013 - 2014 | 2012 - 2013 | 2011 - 2012 | 2010 - 2011 | 2009 - 2010 | 2008 - 2009 | 2007 - 2008

Awarded 2013 - 2014

Cibonay Dames

Cibonay Dames

Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
I was attracted to the University of Miami for many reasons, but mainly because of the unmatched quality of education it provides. I was also drawn to the resources and networking opportunities that attending such a well-respected institution could offer, especially where I study in the School of Communication.

What does the UM Alumni Association scholarship mean to you?
I was both grateful and thrilled to be presented with such an honor. It is because of the generosity of the UM Alumni Association that I am able to commit more of my time and energy to my education and decrease the number of hours that I work during the week. The scholarship has given me peace of mind, as a huge financial burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I extend my sincerest thanks to the University of Miami Alumni Association.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself as a graduate of the University of Miami's new Masters in Fine Arts in Interactive Media program. I hope to be working at a local advertising agency, but ultimately transition into opening my own.


Andrew Langen

Andrew Langen

Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
Two of my grandparents, as well as both of my parents, and my sister, attended, so it was practically my destiny. Additionally, I love that, in every interaction I have had, the staff were friendly and caring. All of this, combined with a very strong academic focus, with many opportunities for advancement, meant that UM is the place for me.

What does the UM Alumni Association scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship, for me, means that I will be able to honor the tradition my family has established. My family's successes are the result of their education, and this scholarship means that I will also be able to reach as high as my family did, if not more.

What will you study?
As of now, I am undecided. However, in the future, I intend to be a lawyer, like my family.


Chantal Gabriel

Chantal Gabriel

What does the UM Alumni Association scholarship mean to you?
When I received a call from the UM Alumni Association, the last thing I expected was to be given such a prestigious scholarship. I feel so honored and privileged, that out of all of the incoming freshmen, and transfer students, they chose me to be awarded this generous scholarship. My dream was to attend the University of Miami and in order to do that, I had to take out a private loan. With this scholarship, I can use it to pay off my loan little by little, which not only gives me a peace of mind, but also my family.

What will you study?
I plan on majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Screen Writing.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My mother, Judy Elkins, graduated with a BFA and an MFA and my sister, Daniele Gabriel, graduated with a BFA and is currently working on her MFA.

Awarded 2012 - 2013

Alexis Alvarez

Alexis Alvarez

Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
After touring the school, I saw firsthand all the amazing benefits this school has to offer. The size of the student body is perfect, providing both the diversity of a larger school and the personal attention from the school of a small student body. Ample research, club, sport, and volunteer opportunities are available in this beautiful campus, and with excellent programs such as Foote Fellows, I can easily take the classes I want and need to graduate.

What does the UM Alumni Association scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship means that I will be less of a burden to my family, and I can follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and aunt who also attended the University of Miami. I am honored and incredibly grateful to have received this award, leaving me even more excited to work hard and give back to the Miami community, which has been incredibly welcoming and friendly.

What will you study?
I plan on double-majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish, which will prepare me for medical school and a career as a surgeon.

Awarded 2011 - 2012

Harleen Arora

Harleen Arora

Why did you decide to attend the University of Miami?
My father and two of my uncles attended UM so UM has always been a part of our family. I've always wanted to attend UM and after I applied and got admitted into the Honors Program in Medicine (HPM), coming to UM just seemed like the natural choice. UM has a beautiful, diverse, and friendly environment that I value and is giving me an amazing opportunity to pursue an accelerated education in my field of interest at one of the US's best research universities.

What does the UM Alumni Association scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship is very meaningful to me. It recognizes my father's previous achievement as well as my hard work up to this stage. It aids me in receiving my much-valued education and motivates me to learn and achieve.

What will you study?
I was admitted into the Honors Program in Medicine, an accelerated track to earning an M.D. For the undergraduate portion of my education, I plan to major in Biology, with an anticipated graduation year of 2013. From there, I will hopefully enter the UM Miller School of Medicine to pursue my M.D.

Awarded 2010 - 2011

Matthew  Piscitelli

Matthew Piscitelli

Why did you decide on the University of Miami?
The University of Miami has had a lasting impact on Miami and the rest of the world. I have wanted to join this tradition of impact and excellence ever since I donned my first Miami Hurricane football jersey. I practiced drawing the "U" countless times and have used orange and green to decorate everything. I valued the curriculum design of the University of Miami and the commitment to a personal, involved education.

Why is the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship important to you?
The Legacy Scholarship made me feel honored and welcomed. I am happy and proud to be attending UM and the validation of school's alumni makes this experience even more exciting. Continuing the University of Miami tradition in my family was important to me, and this scholarship provides helpful financial support and appreciated encouragement.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My mother, Rosemary, graduated from the University of Miami.

What will you study?
I plan on majoring in biochemistry. I hope to attend medical school once I finish my undergraduate studies.

Awarded 2009 - 2010

Katie Kuretski

Katie Kuretski

Why did you decide on the University of Miami?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of attending the University of Miami. Born and raised a ’Cane, I have attended almost all the home football games these past 18 years. My first Miami Hurricanes game I went to was when I was about 3 weeks old, and we beat the Florida State Seminoles. Even though I am so excited for all the athletic events and football games, there’s a lot more Miami has to offer, and that made the decision simple for me. I love everything about the University – its location, size, atmosphere, diversity, educational opportunities, and that feeling I get when I walk into the bookstore and see all that orange and green.

Why is the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship important to you?
When I received my letter in the mail from the UM Alumni Association about the Legacy Scholarship, I was so excited and honored. I am so proud to receive this scholarship and to join the Hurricane family. This scholarship means a lot to me. Not only will it help my family and me financially, but it will help make my dream come true, as it will allow me to attend the school I’ve always wanted to attend – the University of Miami.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My dad, Jim, and his brother, my Uncle John are alumni. Also, both of my sisters, Jenn and Kim, currently attend the University of Miami.

What will you study?
I plan on majoring in Nursing and eventually becoming a Pediatric or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Awarded 2008 - 2009

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez

Why did you decide on the University of Miami?
Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to attend the University of Miami because my father attended the university and constantly recounts stories of his experiences and the quality of the education he was given there.

Why is the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship important to you?
I was accepted into the university this year and was awarded several scholarships to aid me in paying the tuition. However, when the bill came, I discovered that I was still short about $1,900. I felt bad because aside from having to pay my tuition, my father would have to pay my sister’s tuition as well because she is also currently attending UM. The following day I received a letter from the University of Miami Alumni Association, opened it, and to my astonishment, found that I had been awarded the Legacy Scholarship. I was so shocked, that I read the letter about 4 or 5 times to reassure myself that it was real. I quickly ran to my dad to show him the letter. I was so happy that I received this scholarship because now I could finally help my father, after he had helped me so much, pay for my tuition. Our worries are over thanks to this scholarship; it is truly a blessing.

What will you study?
I intend to major in Biomedical Engineering because it combines all of the subjects that I enjoy most.

Awarded 2007 - 2008

Melanie Jones

Melanie Jones

What does the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship mean to you?
As a recipient of the UM Legacy Scholarship I would like to state what an honor it is to be acknowledged by the Alumni Association, a cornerstone and support system for the University of Miami. As a transfer student from Ohio State University, the UMAA Legacy Scholarship gave me the ability to feel at home in Coral Gables instantly. It showed me I was welcome here, and not only that I belonged, but that I had people here waiting and willing to support me.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My grandmother, Simi Pearlman, known as Simi Fox when she graduated from the University of Miami. She couldn't be prouder of my acceptance into UM and the strong bond we will share when I become an alumna.

What are you currently studying and when will you graduate?
In the fall I will start my Junior year majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing as well as a minor in Judaic Studies, with the expectation of graduating in May 2010. What I look forward to the most this upcoming school year is my internship with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) where I will interview a Holocaust Survivor and later present their story to other JCC members, and in the process establish rich friendships with all participants.

What are your plans after graduation?
My dream is to become a writer - write for comedians, or sitcoms, or any facet that combines writing and humor. I believe that comedy is the best medicine for all pain.


Yonit Rosengarten

Yonit Rosengarten

What does the UM Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship is important to me for both practical and personal reasons. I was always taught that education is one of the most important things a person can attain. My father always told me that one thing, that no one could ever take away from me is my education. In contemporary times, a college education is required and at times expensive, so I appreciate the added financial help from the legacy scholarship. It also means a lot to me personally to be granted this scholarship. I feel honored to be recognized by the Alumni Association and to be given this opportunity because of my father’s alumnus status at the university.

Who is the legacy that qualified you for this scholarship?
My father is the UM legacy. He attended both undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Miami.

What are you currently studying and when will you graduate?
I am expected to graduate in May 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in History.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I am hoping to attend law school.