Alumni receive 2019 Sydney and Helen Jacoff Scholarships

Four alumni from The City College of New York’s Division of Humanities and the Arts are recipients of the Sydney and Helen Jacoff Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students pursuing master or doctoral degrees in the humanities and arts.

The scholarship is made possible by CCNY alumnus Sydney Jacoff, and each of the recipients receive $10,000 for their studies. The late Jacoff graduated from CCNY in 1935 and helped build and grow his family enterprise into the Great Neck Saw Manufacturers.

Alumnus Anton Pavlov, philosophy major, chose to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He believes that the discipline of philosophy has a rigorous and often artistic way of dealing with fundamental questions and issues, which helped in his decision to pursue his studies further.

“I was fortunate to be exposed to intelligent, dedicated and inspiring teachers, mentors and lecturers at City College,” said Jacoff.  “I received a CCNY Fellowship, and the environment of the fellowship and its bright members turned my thoughts about my academic path into concrete decisions.”  

This year’s other recipients are:

  • Nabila Akthar, history major, will pursue doctoral studies in history;
  • Aurora Soriano, English major, will pursue a master’s degree in English literature; and  
  • Christine Stoddard, Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice major, will pursue the MPS in Digital Photography at the School for Visual Arts.

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