Giving Matters - Desiree Giroux

Desiree Giroux

Recipient, the Joan L. Cunniff '53 and Alan R. Stephenson '52 Scholarship

Until her senior year of high school, Desiree Giroux thought she’d like to become a pediatrician. But some time spent volunteering with Hospice patients at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany convinced her that “older people have a lot to teach us,” and she’s now considering a career as a physician’s assistant in the geriatrics field.

The 18-year-old Cohoes native enrolled at UAlbany this fall to study biology but is keeping an open mind about her major, too: She’s also interested in chemistry. As the recipient of the Joan L. Cunniff ’53 and Alan R. Stephenson ’52 Scholarship, Giroux is grateful for the opportunities the award presents. “It shows me that there are people who care about my education. In a way, it motivates me to do better in school because they want me to do well. They care about the younger generation,” Giroux said.

Alan R. Stephenson, Ph.D., B.A. '55, M.S. '58

As an undergraduate history major at the New York State College for Teachers, the University at Albany’s predecessor institution, Alan R. Stephenson received an outstanding education. He also acquired photography, stage-lighting and management skills that would steer him toward career success in both broadcasting and higher education.

After serving in the Korean War, Stephenson returned to State, graduating in 1955 and earning a master’s in biology in 1958. (He maintains his original undergraduate affiliation with the Class of ‘52.) Stephenson later completed the doctoral program in communications at Ohio State. A pioneer in educational broadcasting, he went on to teach at John Carroll University, where he is now a full professor.

Stephenson’s named scholarship memorializes his former schoolmate, Joan L. Cunniff. Female graduates of her alma mater, Cohoes High School, are afforded preference in receiving the award.

The World Within Reach - The Morris Altman Research Fund

Gary M. Jacobson '82 Scholarship:
Established by Foundation Director and UAlbany alumnus Gary Jacobson, B.A. '82 to support undergraduates involved in community service projects benefiting children.