STEM Grows


Mary DaCosta ’15

Biology, Chemistry Minor

Possibility Scholarship Recipient

Fueling the flame: Possibility Scholarship Donors

“Having this scholarship gave me just what the name implies—opportunities for success and possibilities for the future. Since day one, I was part of a group that was well-connected and supported. I thank everyone who donated to the scholarship, and I hope to make them proud.”

Mary DaCosta ’15 has set out on her life’s path determined to live up to a message she believes applies to her: “Much more is required from those to whom much is given.”

As a recipient of the Possibility Scholarship, she believes she was given an opportunity of a lifetime
at Oswego. She now wants to make the most of her experience by helping others as a doctor in a high-needs area.

DaCosta, who moved from Ghana to Syracuse, N.Y., at age 3, is now studying to become a doctor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

“I’m so excited,” said the former treasurer of SUNY Oswego’s Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) and vice president of Multiethnic Christ Fellowship. “What I’ve been working for is finally at my doorstep. The Possibility Scholarship has given me a lot, and I’m going to go forward and do that much more.”

DaCosta is one of a select group of students who have received a Possibility Scholarship, created by President Deborah F. Stanley in 2009 to support students who want to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

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