SUNY Fredonia scholarship/leadership program wins state award

The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship and Leadership Program at SUNY Fredonia received the SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award at the recent meeting of the Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers and Office of University Life and Enrollment Management in Syracuse.

Officials accepted the award on behalf of Keeper of the Dream scholars who have been responsible for the program’s success over the last 10 years.

“This is about them. It’s really about the success they have brought to the program through hard work, academic achievement, community service and the kinds of leaders they have become,” Vice President for Student Affairs David Herman said.

The program began in 2002 to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of students in general at SUNY Fredonia, with a specific focus on African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans and Native American students.

“What makes the program unique is that we blended scholarship and leadership activities,” Herman said.

Graduation rates among KOD scholars — 69 percent are awarded degrees after four years, 81 percent within six years – exceed the university average. Four students are typically accepted into the program each year based on high school academics, leadership experience and a written essay on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for equality and their own commitment to pursue that dream.

Since its beginning, scholars have earned awards on campus and succeeded in many fields