Donway SySkyline College student Donway Sy recently received the 2016 Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, for his commitment to academic excellence and active involvement in his community.

Sy is an international student from the Philippines. While studying at Skyline College, he is living away from his family, “Growing up, my father always reminded me that staying in one’s comfort zone is a surefire recipe for mediocrity. Hence, when I was offered the opportunity to pursue college education in California, I decided to take it even though it meant having to live away from family and friends, says the 3.98 GPA holder. “I realized this opportunity would allow me to learn skills that would be highly beneficial for my future career.”

In addition to a full academic schedule, Sy is involved in student organizations, internships and volunteer work. His volunteer activities include a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank, San Francisco City Impact, and Relay for Life San Bruno. In addition to Kappa Beta Delta, Sy became active with Phi Theta Kappa and has had the opportunity to volunteer at middle schools and senior centers.

“Donway is the model for scholar-servant-leader. He doesn’t seek glory for his work. His reward is the success he has with his pupils and the increasing involvement of his peers,” says Christine Case, Professor, Biology at Skyline College.

Kappa Beta Delta is an international honor society that encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees.

KBD member institutions are accredited through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Since 1988, ACBSP has been a leading accrediting body for business programs, and has accredited programs at two-year institutions since 1991.

The Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is a member of Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society; carries a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; is currently enrolled in college courses; and has illustrated merited community service in the past year.

Article by Alison Roberts