For over a decade, the Horace W. Goldsmith Scholars Program has identified and guided students interested in pursuing graduate school. Through one-on-one mentorship and personalized writing assistance, students are given the resources needed to prepare competitive applications for their top-choice programs.
Starting in the fall semester, students can apply to become a Goldsmith Scholar directly on the Opportunities Fund application. Students will include in their statement how their experiential learning activity directly relates to their graduate school plans. And also describe how graduate school fits into personal and professional trajectories. Applications will then be read by a committee of Macaulay staff and faculty. If selected, students will receive an enhanced grant and an invitation to a special reception with the donor’s family. Additionally, students will have the opportunity of meeting with Cameron Stewart to tailor their personal statements toward their graduate programs.
Virginia Slaughter was a dedicated educator. A lifelong champion of students, she strove to provide quality education to all. For much of her career she taught at the City University of New York, leading English classes. Her commitment to increasing accessibility led to the creation of the Scholarship Enhancement Program at CUNY, which guided high-achieving students toward prestigious fellowships. She then established the Horace W. Goldsmith Scholars Program, a mentorship program for students pursuing graduate school. She valued every Goldsmith scholar. Cohort dinners were often enlivened by her presence, where she’d spend the evening meeting each student—and remembering their entire academic backgrounds. This sincere interest in students as changemakers set her apart from other donors. She was thrilled there existed a Macaulay program dedicated to helping students achieve their highest potential. Her exceptional history as an educator and her commitment to the college led to her being awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2013 from Macaulay.