Students Receive SUNY Canton College Foundation Scholarships


The SUNY Canton College Foundation Inc. announced that more than 300 students received scholarships totaling more than $231,000 during the fall 2021 semester.

Students and donors had the chance to meet during a Scholarship Luncheon Celebration held recently in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Vice President for Advancement Tracey L. Thompson expressed her gratitude to the donors for their kindness and generosity.

Daniel, Jill and Zvi Szafran are joined by Provost DeCooke and student scholarship recipients, Kourtney Peets and Benjamin York.

“The gift you are giving them is so much more than just a scholarship,” Thompson said at the event. “What you are giving them is the gift of opportunity, a blank canvas or an open door. It all comes down to giving our students a shot at a better life filled with purpose and achievement.”

Nearly 20 new scholarships were awarded this year, with two honoring family members of SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. The Mark Szafran Memorial Endowed Scholarship was given to a student overcoming adversity. Szafran’s family also created the Simona Szafran Endowed Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients Danny Lucey and George Cornell are joined by their sponsors.

“Thank you for enabling our students to follow their dreams and achieve their full possibilities,” Szafran said to donors at the luncheon. “I know I speak for everyone at the college when I thank you for your support.”

Other notable new scholarships include:

  • A Women in Electrical Engineering Technology Endowed Scholarship to help a historically underrepresented demographic within the Canino School of Engineering Technology.
  • An annual and an endowed scholarship for Black student leaders inspired by 2014 graduate Ornella Parker.
  • The Edwin Krenceski Memorial Scholarship, which was initiated by Edwin’s wife, Irene Krenceski, and recently endowed by his children Mary Krenceski and Charles LaPree. Edwin was a graduate of the class of 1949. 

Among the students who received scholarships were:

About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.