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    Fifteen students from The University of Scranton’s class of 2026 have been awarded four-year, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships. Seated, from left, are: Emily Alexa C. Gotiangco; Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton; Alyssa M. Cosklo; Rachel E. Tuman; and Rebecca R. Doyle. Standing are: Matthew F. Schade; Allison M. Magee; Ashlyn Urbanski; Matthew George; Matthew J. Almonte; Luca Baratta; Michael L. Redmond; Riley P. Clarke; Matthew C. Saita; Joseph T. Maguire; and Dean J. Finan.

    Scranton Names Class of 2026 Presidential Scholars

    Fifteen students from The University of Scranton’s class of 2026 have been awarded four-year, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships. Seated, from left, are: Emily Alexa C. Gotiangco; Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton; Alyssa M. Cosklo; Rachel E. Tuman; and Rebecca R. Doyle. Standing are: Matthew F. Schade; Allison M. Magee; Ashlyn Urbanski; Matthew George; Matthew J. Almonte; Luca Baratta; Michael L. Redmond; Riley P. Clarke; Matthew C. Saita; Joseph T. Maguire; and Dean J. Finan.
    September 29, 2022

    The University of Scranton has awarded 15 students from its class of 2026 four-year, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships.

    Presidential Scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students with outstanding records in high school and notable community involvement. The scholarship covers four years of full tuition provided that the student maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average.

    Matthew J. Almonte, East Stroudsburg, graduated from East Stroudsburg High School South. A member of National Honor Society, he received the Bausch + Lomb Science Award. He was a member the Scholastic Scrimmage Team, and the varsity soccer team, serving as honorary captain during his senior year. He also received recognition as a Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar. Almonte volunteered with the Emanuel Church media team, worship team (drummer) and was a group leader at Vacation Bible School. He also volunteered at Salvation Army Food Drive and as a running buddy for Girls on the Run. A member of the University’s Magis Honors Program in STEM, Almonte will major in mathematics. He is the son of Juan and Lisa Almonte.

    Luca Baratta, Richboro, graduated from Perkiomen School in Pennsburg. He was a member of National Honor Society, the National English Honors Society and the Latin Honors Society. A member of the varsity basketball team, he received the Most Improved Player Award at Perkiomen for his senior year and at Council Rock South High School, Holland, as a junior. He will be a member of the Royals men’s basketball team. In high school, he also participated in track and field, golf, the Latin Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Baratta volunteered as at Camp PALS, the CYO Basketball Camp and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, as well as other service programs. A member of the University’s Business Honors Program, Baratta will major in finance. He is the son of Anthony and Patricia Baratta.

    Riley P. Clarke, Scranton, graduated as salutatorian of Scranton High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Ski Club. Clarke volunteered at Friends of the Poor. He will major in computer science. He is the son of Kevin and Jessica Clarke.

    Alyssa M. Cosklo, Carbondale, graduated as valedictorian from Carbondale Area High School. She was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and vice president of the National Honor Society. She received multiple first place awards at regional and state Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competitions. She also received awards at Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) regional and state competitions and was the winner of the 2019 VFW essay contest. Cosklo was captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and a member of the girls’ varsity soccer and track and field teams. She was class president and vice president for Student Council; vice president for FBLA Region 22; treasurer for the school chapter of FBLA; president of the Future Teachers Club; and vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions. She participated in the Spanish Club, Science and Technology Club, Mock Trial, Yearbook Club and Future Medical Careers Club, among other student organizations. Cosklo volunteered with the Carbondale Area High School Tutoring Club. A member of the University’s Magis Honors Program in STEM, Cosklo will major in biology on the premed track. She is the daughter of David and Kimberly Cosklo.

    Rebecca R. Doyle, Massapequa, New York, graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the A team of Science Olympiad Club. She participated in all three of her high school’s choirs, through which she sang at masses, funerals and at a 9/11 memorial service at Point Lookout. A member of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, Doyle will major in neuroscience on the premed track. She is the daughter of Michael and Janet Doyle.

    Dean J. Finan, Malvern, graduated from Great Valley High School. A National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction, he received Pennsylvania’s Certificate of Merit for outstanding performance on the SAT and received a Silver Medal and Certificate of Honorable Merit for Outstanding Performance in the National Latin Examination. Finan was a member of the National Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society, the America Club, the Junior Classical League and served as secretary of the Finance Club. He was captain of his high school soccer team and participated in track and field. He is a member of the University’s soccer team. He co-founded and organized a soccer equipment drive that collected and donated cleats, kits, socks and other items to underprivileged children in his community. A member of the University’s Business Honors Program, Finan will major in finance. He is the son of Donald and Deborah Finan.

    Matthew George, Avoca, graduated from Scranton Preparatory School. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He participated in the Book Club, the Spanish Club and the Service Club. He volunteered at Allied Services nursing home in Wilkes-Barre. George has not yet declared a major. He is the son of Gene and Helene George, who received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton in 1996 and her master’s degree in 1999.

    Emily Alexa C. Gotiangco, Staten Island, New York, graduated from St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School as a full-scholarship recipient of their honors program. A National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honor, she achieved perfect score on the National Latin Exam. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a member of her school’s archery team that won the New York state tournament. She was also a member of the Viking Voices choir and was senior vice president of the Ladies of Charity. Gotiangco volunteered as a tutor for mathematics, science and English and helped serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. She was also an altar server at St. Sylvester Parish in Staten Island. A member of the University’s Magis Honors Program in STEM, Gotiangco will major in computer science. She is the daughter of Jose and Mildred Gotiangco.

    Allison M. Magee, Harleysville, graduated from Souderton Area High School. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she was treasurer of the National Honor Society. She was captain of the girls’ varsity tennis team. She was also treasurer for the Future Business Leaders of America, vice president of Recycle The Cycle and participated in Student Government and Link Crew. A member of University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Magis Honors Program in STEM, Magee will major in mathematical sciences. She is the daughter of Dave and Carolyn Magee.

    Joseph T. Maguire, Islip, New York, graduated from Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School. A National Merit Commended Scholar, he was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the science, English, Rho Kappa social studies, Spanish, math and Tri- M music honor societies. He was captain of the men’s varsity volleyball team and both the fall and winter varsity crew teams.  He was named one of long island presses top scholar athletes and received the New York State Board of education scholarship for academic excellence. He was also a member of Student Council and the Good Samaritan Hospital WE CARE program. Maguire volunteered as a as a counselor at Saint Patrick’s of Bayshore faith camp. He also served as a peer tutor, wrote book reviews for a library and participated in local beach clean ups. Maguire will major in biochemistry cell and molecular biology on the pre-med track. He is the son of Robert and Kathleen Maguire.

    Michael L. Redmond, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, New Jersey. An AP Scholar with Distinction, he was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a seal of bi-literacy for Spanish. He was captain of the varsity hockey team. Redmond volunteered at the Flemington Food Pantry. During the COVID quarantine, he hosted neighborhood food drives. He also raised more than $1,700 for the Patrick’s Pals Foundation through his high school’s annual water wars tournament. A member of University’s Magis Honors Program in STEM, Redmond will major in biophysics. He is the son of Michael, who is a 1993 graduate of The University of Scranton, and Ann-Marie Redmond.

    Matthew C. Saita, Scranton, graduated as valedictorian of Scranton High School. He was president of the National Honor Society. He was named a Scranton Times-Tribune Scholastic Superstar, an NEIU Scholar of the Year and received a P.I.A.A. District II Scholar-Athlete Award. He was a four-year member of the school’s baseball team. He was also a Senior Class Officer. He participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer program and volunteered at Christmas to deliver poinsettias to shut-ins at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scranton. He will major in business administration. He is the son of Carmine and Linda Saita.

    Matthew F. Schade, Haddon Heights, New Jersey, graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. An AP Scholar with Distinction, he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the varsity soccer team and captain of Ultimate Frisbee team. He was a member of the Travis Manion Leadership Academy. Schade participated in a service trip to Sacred Heart Church in Richmond, Virgina. He also volunteered at St. Rose of Lima vacation bible school and at various community cleanups and food donation programs. A member of University’s Magis Honors Program in STEM, Schade will major in mathematical sciences. He is the son of Bill and Jackie Schade.

    Rachel E. Tuman, Lake Ariel, graduated as valedictorian frim Western Wayne High School. A 2022 Scranton Times-Tribune Scholastic Superstar and a NEIU Scholar of the Year, she was president of the National Honor Society. She received a Bishop’s Youth Award from the Diocese of Scranton and a Daughters of the American Revolution “Good Citizen” Award. She was captain of the girls’ varsity tennis team and participated in the varsity softball team and basketball cheerleading squad. She was senior class vice president for Student Council; president of St. Thomas More Youth Group; vice president of the Scholastic Scrimmage team; and Operations Manager for the Western Wayne School Store, among other activities. She was also senior vice-president for Future Business Leaders of America and was a national competitor in several categories and placed in state and regional competitions. She volunteered at “Tree for New Life” and was an alter server at St. Thomas More/St. Mary Parish in Lake Ariel. A member of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, Tuman will major in business administration on the pre-law track. She is the daughter of Michael and Ellen Tuman.

    Ashlyn Urbanski, Pittston Township, graduated as valedictorian from Scranton Preparatory School. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she is a member of the National Honor Society. She was named a 2022 Scranton Times-Tribune Scholastic Superstar and NEIU Scholar of the Year. She was awarded a gold medal on National Latin Exam and a bronze medal on National Spanish Exam. She also received a Bishop’s Youth Award from the Diocese of Scranton. She won the Paderewski Gold Medal for 10 years of National Guild piano auditions and was also a Carnegie Hall Winner for piano. Urbanski participated on the lacrosse, cross country and swimming teams and was a member of Student Council, Books for Bedtime Club and secretary for the Technology Student Association. She volunteered as a peer tutor for StudyHard NEPA and was co-founder for Queen of the Apostles Youth Group, among other activities. Urbanski has not yet declared a major. She is the daughter of Chris and Tammy Urbanski.

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