Nov. 07, 2012

Shaping Lives of Purpose: Paying it forward


It is nice to receive recognition that what you are doing at Geneseo is meaningful and noticed, says scholarship recipient Caroline Schwartz '13, who gives back to the college and greater community as a volunteer medic and first-responder. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11




Caroline Schwartz '13 would make William Shakespeare proud, given his sage advice: "Make use of time, let not advantage slip."

A Presidential Scholar, Schwartz excels in her coursework, majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics and psychology. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Golden Key International honor societies. She also works 16 hours a week in several offices, including College Advancement, where she has gained a greater appreciation for the fundraising process.

She still finds time to devote another 15-20 hours a week volunteering as chief of operations for Geneseo First Response and as an emergency medical technician for the Geneseo Fire Department. She is also active in the Sigma Gamma Phi (Arethusa) sorority.

Schwartz attributes part of her success to the generous support of donor Frank Csapo, who funds eight Ambassador Apartments Endowed Scholarships. She used her scholarship money to purchase textbooks. Csapo, a local businessman and parent of alumni, received the Philanthropic Leadership Award from the Geneseo Foundation in 2011.

"For anyone who is awarded a scholarship, it's nice to receive the recognition that what you're doing at Geneseo is noticed and meaningful, " she says, "and that it matters to people outside the college and that they are interested in the education of the students."

Schwartz plans to pursue a career in the medical software industry.

"My experience at Geneseo has been very productive," she says. "I've used my time well, and I've been really dedicated to getting involved. If you put in the time and effort and are focused, you can get so much out of this college."