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Ilias Fourati ’20 Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award

The chemistry and piano performance double major is among two Purchase College graduating seniors to receive the prestigious 2020 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Congratulations to Ilias Fourati ’20 (chemistry and piano performance) for earning the prestigious 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced awards to 213 students across the university system. Read more about the second winner from Purchase, Britney DiTocco.

A Mount Kisco, NY resident, Fourati receives his BA and MusB this month as a double major in chemistry and piano performance. He graduates with a combined GPA of 4.13.

Outside of the classroom, he is a competitive figure skater. He is currently training with his partner for the 2022 Winter Olympics. According to his professors, his intellect, talent, and discipline have earned him numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Award, the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, and the 2019 Hungarian Senior Silver Ice Dance Medal.

In the fall he will begin his Masters of Music.

More About the Award

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

“These student nominees are some of the most exceptional individuals across The State University of New York System. They excel academically and go to great lengths to give back to their campus and its community through their service,” says Chancellor Johnson. “Among our more than 415,500 students system wide, these individuals serve as role models through their many roles: academics, athletes, volunteers, and innovators. Their many achievements are a testament to their drive and hard work, which is enhanced by the support of their family, friends, and campus community. Their success is a source of great pride for us all.”