Jennifer Zimmerman of Walden was one of three students have been selected as recipients of the 2020 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, as announced recently by Chancellor Kristina Johnson.
In all, nearly 250 students from across the SUNY system, four-year and community colleges, were recognized.
“SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence winners are the champions of their campuses, each showing a tireless devotion to their academics and extracurricular pursuits, as well as their care for their fellow students as mentors and leaders,” Johnson said. “They are inspiring, and I have high expectations for how they will contribute to our society as we rebound from this current pandemic that separates us today.”
Zimmerman, who resides in Walden, will graduate with a degree in nursing. She has been a regular member of the Dean’s List and participated in the nursing and Christian student clubs. While enrolled at SUNY Orange, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis and the Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Beacon. She volunteers regularly for many groups and families. She has been a team leader at the New York State Sheriff’s Association summer camp for underprivileged children. She volunteers many hours per week at the Walden Bruderhof Community and has cared for children with disabilities. She is also a member and soloist in a Gospel Choir that has performed at many churches and secular venues.
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.
Also receiving awards were Chantal Fairclough of Newburgh and Giovanna Cala of Port Jervis
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.