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Hannah Wolfson Receives Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Date Released: 4/7/2010

One of 228 students from 63 SUNY campuses, she excells academically, and in leadership and community service efforts.

Hannah Wolfson, Irvine, CA, a literature major from Purchase College was among the 228 college students from 63 SUNY campuses who received a 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.


“The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom,"said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. Congratulations to all of the students.”


The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 13 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in areas of leadership, community service, and significant contributions to their campuses and communities.  Recipients of this year’s award have an overall Grade Point Average of 3.8.  Each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.


Hannah Wolfson embodies the Renaissance spirit of Purchase.  She served as co-president of the Literary Society and has served as a Student Life Assistant.  She was awarded two Merit Scholarships and represented Purchase as an ambassador to the Technos International Week in Japan.


For one of her many community service projects at Purchase Ms. Wolfson  developed and implemented an after-school arts program in Harlem. She is featured in the College’s 2010 “Think Wide Open” brochure where she is described as “Inquisitive, creative, and focused.”


Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating.  Nominees are forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review and finalists are recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients.